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Jewelry experts share their successes and offer lessons they’ve learned along the way. Listen in with host Katie Hacker for tips, trends, advice on selling your jewelry, using tools, shopping for jewelry making materials, and how you can impact the environment in better ways. Discover how this intimate accessory and historic status symbol has brought people together and apart, and how jewelry connects makers and wearers today.
 
Mythical is an actual play Pokémon-inspired Dungeons & Dragons podcast! It is broken down into smaller seasons where new listeners can pick up quickly, but older audiences can still feel invested in the creation of our worlds. Seasons 1 and 3 were streamed live on twitch.tv/pkmncast, and this is the audio version of our episodes. Season 2 was recorded at 2016 Gen Con. Seasons 4 and 5 were recorded locally with the crew. It's important to note that each Season is self-contained and you do NOT ...
 
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Anie Piliguian grew up at the jeweler’s bench, learning a can-do attitude and meticulous skills from her father. She credits him for teaching her not to fear anything at the bench. Since inventing the JOOLTOOL, her focus has been on teaching jewelers everything she knows so they can make jewelry successfully. As a lifelong maker, she continues to i…
 
What can screenwriters learn from the storytelling techniques used by stand-up comedians? Standup comedians can keep audiences gripped to their every word for over an hour, and often bring them to emotional climaxes by the end. So how do they do it and what tools can apply to scripted narratives? For this deep dive into standup, Stu and Chas are jo…
 
Moving parts intrigue Kieu Pham Gray, she tells host Katie Hacker. Kieu loves figuring out how to make things happen, from engineering kinetic jewelry that’s meant to be played with to pivoting her business model. Leaving the corporate world behind nearly 20 years ago because she “didn’t fit the mold,” Kieu has been an active jewelry entrepreneur e…
 
How can writers dramatise Given Circumstances? In this final podcast release of last year’s run of LiveSoLation episodes, Chas and Stu are joined by Uber-geek Mel Killingsworth (who else?) in an epic exploration of how Dave Gibbons’ and Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel WATCHMEN is adapted differently in Zack Snyder’s 2009 film and Damon Lindelof’…
 
Ralph Ardill is an expert consultant, a keynote speaker and an author on Brand Transformation and Experiential Design, with over 25 years of experience working with a variety of big-name brands. In the first episode of Off Brand Season 2, Ralph shares his thoughts on the changing face of brand culture, why we should be flipping the branding process…
 
“Hi, I’m the jewelry designer for The Guiding Light,” a struggling jewelry artist named Jill MacKay once announced in the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. As she tells long-time friend and host Katie Hacker, early on Jill had decided TV would be a good way to get exposure for her brand, and it was. Now an award-winning craft industry figur…
 
How do you make effective pitch decks and look books for your projects? Chas and Stu are joined by writer/director/producer/multi-hyphenate Marc Furmie of Rezistor Studios to talk all things pitch decks and look books. Coming from an advertising and music video background, Marc shares his experience in putting together visual materials to pitch a p…
 
“You’re shy — so are they,” says polymer clay artist Christi Friesen about making a career of your art, acknowledging how hard it can be to put yourself out there. As she tells Jewelry Artist podcast host Katie Hacker, “We’re always selling ourselves: a piece of our heart, our hand, our brain.” But it’s important to do it and connect with people an…
 
Join host Katie Hacker for an inspiring conversation with Beadwork magazine’s featured Bead Artist Melissa Grakowsky-Shippee. Melissa is known for her elaborate masks and intricate yet ethereal beadwork. An award-winning designer, Melissa has written books, taught internationally, and was a 2017 Beadwork Designer of the Year. Melissa draws in beade…
 
How can interweaving timelines elevate the emotional experience for the audience? In our final part, part 3, of our Interweaving Timelines series, we — Chas, Stu & Mel — take a deep dive into Greta Gerwig's 2019 adaptation of Little Women. In her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's iconic novels, Greta chose to interweave the seperate timelines of Li…
 
Why not try it? When Kathy Cano-Murillo thinks up a new craft twist, she jumps in — especially if she hears it’ll never work. Usually she succeeds, carried along by her own glittering cascade of exuberant experimentation. Listen to host Katie Hacker’s lively conversation with the woman known professionally as The Crafty Chica, dedicated to creating…
 
How can interweaving two timelines change how we feel about a character? In this Part 2 of Interweaving Timelines (aka The Stu Monologue Episode), Mel, Chas and Stu tackle Sorkin/Fincher's The Social Network. As you’ll hear, it is clearly Stu’s favourite of the examples we cover and, ah, *not* Mel’s favourite. While all three bring their own biases…
 
“I should have been a business major!” Kate Richbourg was recently out of college and facing the classic artist’s dilemma. As she tells host Katie Hacker, Kate realized she needed a way of pursuing what she loved without living so close to the economic edge. Trying new things, she discovered that jewelry brought out her creativity best. Today Kate …
 
How does interweaving two timelines change how the audience feel? Stu and Chas are joined by Mel Killingsworth to dissect interweaving timelines. Not anthology films. Not Cloud Atlas. But films where two plot lines featuring the same characters, but from different timelines, are woven together. How do you manage stakes when you know a character’s f…
 
We originally released this episode in August 2020, but the topic is more relevant than ever. Katie Hacker speaks with Carrie Cleveland, Education and Outreach Manager for the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. The artist’s safety net for over 35 years, CERF+ launched its special Covid-19 response earlier last summer with one-time $1,000 grants for urgen…
 
How do you choose which project to start next? In their now-annual full backmatter episode, Stu and Chas let their hair down, drop the guise of objectivity, and allow themselves to have an even more subjective opinion about writing and the business of writing. In this particular Backmatter entry, they wax lyrical on [deep breath]: character journey…
 
Known for his stunning jewelry designs featuring rough diamonds, innovative artisan jeweler Todd Reed has been redefining luxury and championing ethical sourcing throughout his career. Turning the notion of fine jewelry on its head, he is drawn to these uncut, unpolished diamond crystals for the quirkiness of their personalities. From the perfect s…
 
What can we learn from Sofia Coppola’s on-the-page skills over her career? Following the success of the Tips from Tarantino episode, we have again decided to look at three different scripts from over the course of a long screenwriting career from a single writer to see what we can learn. Our beloved patreons not only selected Sofia Coppola as said …
 
Seeing nature’s treasures in their natural environments, never before seen by another human, is an amazing privilege, crystal and fossil hunter John Cornish relates. It can also be a little oasis of calm and refreshment anyone can enjoy or remember when life’s craziness gets to be too much. Join host Katie Hacker for this upbeat and down-to-earth e…
 
How can you do powerful storytelling... without dialogue? Stu and Chas are joined by filmmaker, podcaster and writer Matthew Brown to deep dive into FURY ROAD and its astounding visual storytelling, both on the page and on screen. We talk about setups and payoffs, given circumstances, image systems, environmental storytelling, and how the relations…
 
Prized for its blues, greens, and ever-varying patterns of distinctive matrix, turquoise is among the most popular of gemstones and has been for thousands of years. Think turquoise today, and Native American jewelry comes quickly to mind — and vice versa. Join host Katie Hacker for an exploration into these iconic treasures of the American Southwes…
 
What can we learn from folk horror? Draft Zero return with their next YouTube livestream! Stu and Chas are joined by previous guest (and successful screenwriter) C.S. McMullen for a deep dive into MIDSOMMAR! We analyse the film through the lens of Folk Horror, but tackle broader topics such as horror vs dread, rising tension, transgressions, unfilm…
 
For this episode we were joined by Simon Milliship, an experienced digital business strategy and brand transformation leader with a proven track record in both B2B & B2C businesses, working with global brands such as Adidas, Ford, SAP and Motorola. His experience as a creative director and transformation expert has helped give Simon a deep understa…
 
Sarah Cathcart hand fashions elaborate and arresting leather masks one at a time, an art that grew out of her experience as a theatrical costume designer. But, she tells host Katie Hacker, “Masks are so niche — or were until 2020,” she adds wryly. “Sort of face jewelry, but not something you’d wear too much.” So she drew upon her favorite medium an…
 
It’s the challenge of making that interests Robert Lopez and drives him toward ever bigger and bolder jewelry designs. He thrives on figuring out the engineering of complex pieces, and sometimes develops his own tools to meet his particular needs. That’s today, but while teaching himself metalsmithing he used whatever was at hand: a construction ha…
 
Listen in with host Katie Hacker as artisan jewelry entrepreneur Kristen Baird shares her secret to success. The minute she learned about the Red Backpack Fund, she started her application, completed it that day, and became one of the first to be awarded a $5,000 grant. When Covid-19 hit, she’d already been improving her online infrastructure, then…
 
How do I write selling documents differently to development documents? In developing our stories and scripts, we have probably written some combination of treatments and loglines and outlines. Some of us have probably even sent these development materials out to producers or agencies when “selling” a project — as a step towards getting someone to r…
 
Many consultancies tend to overlook the need for creative input on projects. Danny Fontaine, Creative Director at IBM, likes to take a slightly different approach. He explains how storytelling can add a punch to your pitch, the challenges of translating physical experiences into digital, and how taking a creative approach is always critical.…
 
After a voice told artist Karen Smith she’d go to Senegal, she went. Apprenticing there with a master goldsmith, she was watched constantly but silently by a young girl. “She thinks you’re a ghost,” someone finally told Karen. “She’s never seen a woman do what you’re doing.” In response, in 2019 Karen launched We Wield the Hammer in Oakland, CA, de…
 
Overnight, Francesca Watson began developing her online jewelry program in earnest. When COVID-19 struck, her teaching studio already offered some tutorials online, but The Makery had been all about learning in person. Suddenly, online was her only real option. Since then, she’s worked out a lot more bugs and now plays host to over 1,500 remote stu…
 
How can I develop my theme without writing script pages? Continuing our look at tools used in development, Chas & Stu are joined by Stephen Cleary to talk about Theme, The Thematic Logline and what Stephen calls The Story Synopsis. All are tools to help writers better understand their theme and how it is dramatised. We use the classic film WITNESS …
 
For episode 14, we were joined by Ben Kay, who has over 10 years experience of working client-side in senior positions leading digital transformation and social strategy. Ben has worked within businesses such as IBM, EE and Thames Water, helping them build meaningful and value-driven relationships with their customers by utilising new approaches to…
 
Kate Wolf has three loves: carving wax, designing tools, and teaching. All three center around creating wax models for jewelry casting. Today she’s focusing a lot on tool design and developing online workshops to replace the live classes she’s had to suspend but really, really misses. Once she starts working in wax, though, there’s nothing like its…
 
For this episode, we were joined by Simon Carter, who’s led organizations through significant change and transformation across a variety of sectors. Simon has a proven track record of accelerating business growth, from the integration and implementation of digital strategies right through to marketing rollout. In his latest role with RM Education, …
 
Inlay artist Jeff Fulkerson gives every surface of his jewelry special attention, whether it’s visible when worn or not. Comparing this art to painting with rocks, he says the best part about learning to cut stone is creating your own palette of color and shape. He advises studying techniques so you can apply what you learn any way you want, and co…
 
How can I develop my plot before writing the screenplay? Stu and Chas are joined by fan-favourite, Stephen Cleary, to NOT look at what makes great screenplays work -- but what makes great "short documents" work. We draw on Stephen Cleary's wealth of experience in developing work with writers, as a producer, as a script editor and as a former head o…
 
The artist’s safety net for over 35 years, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund launched its special Covid-19 response earlier this summer: one-time $1,000 grants for urgent needs. Deadline for the current cycle of awards is September 9, 2020. Listen to host Katie Hacker’s conversation with Carrie Cleveland, Education and Outreach Manager for CERF+, and…
 
A lover of knowledge and understanding, Charles Lewton-Brain is best known for inventing the metalsmithing technique of foldforming. He is also an award-winning art jeweler, a master goldsmith, a prolific author, and a dynamic jewelry instructor, and occupies a singular place in jewelry today. Listen in as he shares tales of discovery with host Kat…
 
She’s done it all. Jewelry tool inventor, marketing maven, trend spotter, and art jeweler Brenda Schweder has learned to balance doing what she loves and contributing to the family income. Her passion: making jewelry from found objects and steel wire, and figuring out the engineering to put them together. Listen in as she tells host Katie Hacker he…
 
How does Joker use melodramatic techniques to elevate its storytelling? Draft Zero return with their next YouTube livestream! Stu and Chas take a deep dive into JOKER and analyse the film through the story paradigm of melodrama. Is it a melodrama? Why or why not does that matter? And does that influence how it has been written on the page? They the…
 
Joe Silvera loves to teach jewelry making. He started by helping undergrads when he was a grad student, and when he went back to it, felt that he had come home..He’s taught at shows and craft fairs, in his own Bay Area jewelry school, and online. Join host Katie Hacker as they talk metalsmithing at home and in other small spaces, and discover the S…
 
For our third remotely recorded episode of Off Brand, we spoke to Netherlands-based Jaspar Roos. Jaspar is a serial entrepreneur and Founding Partner at Limpid & Co., a management consultancy based in Amsterdam. With a unique perspective on using humour and playfulness to spur collaboration and innovation, Jaspar discusses what he learnt from years…
 
As an art student, Mark Nelson had a job cleaning and maintaining the jewelry lab. When he finally decided to take a jewelry making class, his teacher told him he was pretty good at it and should change his major. He did, and never looked back. He’s made a career of figuring out how to make things work, and today is jewelry supplier Rio Grande’s Ed…
 
How can you use audience questions to heighten emotional investment? Draft Zero return with their next YouTube livestream! Stu and Chas take a deep dive into PARASITE and how its mastery of audience questions elevates the film. They then answer listeners questions on PARASITE and much more. If you want to listen in on the next live recording, find …
 
Christine Dhein’s youthful enthusiasm for the environment was matched by her love of jewelry making, but it was only years later that she realized how at odds the two could be. Since then she has developed and taught courses, written books, and launched a website devoted to eco jewelry, promoting healthy and safe practices for the studio and beyond…
 
For our second remotely recorded episode of the Off Brand podcast, Vicki spoke to Peter Gandy, Managing Director at Reason. Peter has worked with many leading corporates as well as startups to help them find success in digital, and in this episode, he breaks down his thoughts on digital transformation and explains why right now customers are priori…
 
Alex and Keith Horst give us a peek into a rockhound’s life, from finding inspiration in stones to cabbing, gem carving, and other lapidary work, plus making jewelry from their discoveries. As lifelong learners and instructors, they share their stories and tips. Listen in with host Katie Hacker as she talks about rocks and more with experts Alex an…
 
How can shifting narrative point of view drive your sequences? Born out of isolation madness, this episode is an edited version of Draft Zero’s first YouTube livestream. Stu and Chas both watched KNIVES OUT and - together with our listeners - broke down each sequence and turning point by reference to what the audience knows in relation to the chara…
 
Pearl collector and jewelry maker Tammy Jones describes growing up where “everyone had to have a Tennessee pearl ring.” Listen in with host Katie Hacker as Tammy explains the seven factors for evaluating pearls and offers advice on pearl shopping and care. Learn about nacre, orient, and other special pearl attributes. Discover the differences, hist…
 
In our first remotely-recorded episode of Off Brand, Vicki was joined by Tommy Henderson-Reay of The National Care Forum. Tommy's extensive background in social work has lead him to his current role of Digital Transformation Lead at NCF. The care sector is generally lagging in terms of Digital Transformation compared to most sectors, but it appears…
 
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