Stony Creek Colors Dye-ing to Make The World a Better Place, Series 1 of 3

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Illustration and Story by Chelsa Schoonover The mission statementStony Creek Colors, a new startup natural dye company, is “Create a healthier and more vibrant world.” Founded by a bright, powerful and young  entrepreneur, Sarah Bellos. For such a challenging task, how does one even hope to begin? For Bellos and her team, it was focusing in on one aspect of the situation at a time, and not getting overwhelmed by the overall goal. The first objective of change is cleaning up the fashion industry. Indigo serves as the base for every blue product on the market, no matter the hue or intensity of color. The manufacturing of clothing items is universal, all following the exact same process, no matter what dye is being used, and that’s where the difference between synthetic and natural dyes comes in. If dyes end up in the garments in the exact same way, then why not opt for a more clean and healthier-based dye?  The tides have been changing in the food industry on consumers wanting to know what they’re putting in their bodies and where it comes from; the fashion industry is quickly following suit. It is well known in the fashion industry that the toxicity of textiles and the byproducts they create harm the earth.  The largest component in the issue is synthetic Indigo. The process to make Indigo synthetically in a lab or factory is both potentially explosive, as well as extremely volatile to the environment. The ingredients are known carcinogens: Benzene, Arsenic and Cyanide. Synthetic by-products…

Learning How to Create a Comic Book!

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Starting with brainstorming session in Sequential Illustration II, Instructor Hugh Shelton lead a 15-student team through the development and creation of Threshold, a 48-page comic containing a 32-page story written, sketched, inked and colored by his Comic Class. Unveiling details of the alien planet, Vidrolas, it’s three moons and the two-star binary system iis located in was one of the first concepts generated by class. Creation of the planet was followed by creating archetypes including the Hero, the Mentor, the Shadow, the Herald and the Trickster, just a few of the characters and themes highlighted in the comic novel. Using the 12 Stages of Joseph’s Campbell’s Hero Monomyth to explain the process of the Hero’s journey, students were fully immersed in creating this comic during their 15-week semester. A comprehensive description of the planet helped set the stage for Eden Nox, the Hero, to unravel his story. Imagine a harsh environment with extreme temperatures ranging from desert hot to extreme cold. Vidrolas is made of a crystal that is harvested to help advance technology of the planet’s floating cities.  Nox is a gritty protagonist seeking revenge on the Company. The class’s first weeks focused on the developing story, naming the characters and constructing locations for their scenes CLICK THE BELOW PICTURE TO ACTIVATE THE GIF “Once the characters, locations, vehicles, and creatures were developed, the story virtually wrote itself,” said Shelton. By week four, the script was finished and the illustrating process began. Shelton divided students into three teams of five, each…

How to get work, out of your networks

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Make it Pop Creations, developed in 2012 by Kevin Kazluaskas, was a freelance-for-hire business looking for additional clients, fresh talent and a permanent space to call home. Luckily, in 2015, their East Nashville landlord, Christian Paro, was looking to build an expansive studio with advances in equipment, technology and offering a huge space for projects and collaboration. Just before the business growth, Grant Carpenter joined Make It Pop’s team and discovered his professional life after Nossi College of Art.   As a student sitting in Music Video class, Grant was encouraged by his teacher to find local bands to partner with and produce a music video for a final grade. Working with a Nashville band is not only beneficial for students and their professional growth, but it allows musicians and artists access to great, affordable videos. This class allowed Grant to collaborate with the Funkonauts, which in turn introduced him to Kevin of Make It Pop. Nashville FC | Introduction from Make It Pop Creations on Vimeo. Nashville is a network-driven city where one introduction can change your career. After showcasing what he learned in class, Kevin took Grant under his wing and they have been producing amazing videos ever since. Grant was hired as Director of Photography and enjoys heading in to a creative workspace every day of the week. When he isn’t operating the camera equipment for a shoot or sculpting light on set, he is helping with postproduction work before sending video to Make It Pop’s animator….

Video Coordinator Hans Chilberg Debuts Microbudget: Lion Suit Dreamscape

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Nossi College of Art’s Hans Chilberg produces movie: Lion Suit Dreamscape Hans Chilberg’s high school fascination with stories and seeing them come to life on screen planted seeds resulting in the release of his new independent narrative feature film, Lion SuitDreamscape. The movie, described as a rare mix of romance, comedy, sci-fi and mystery, was filmed primarily in Nashville, with some scenes shot in Knoxville. Its premiere is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2016, at Studio 615 in Nashville. Hans, Nossi College of Art’s Video & Film Coordinator, was raised in Nashville, studied film and screenwriting in California and lived and focused on the film industry. He was particularly intrigued by the creation of the stories he saw on screen. “Stories, in general, were exciting to me,” Hans said. “I gravitated toward the art of visual storytelling in high school. I started seeing movies like Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket and John Favreau’s Swingers. They were low budget, and I liked hanging out with the characters. I felt these were movies about real things and that kind of woke me up.” Lion Suit Dreamscape’s story follows an ex-hero firefighter who dreams of his childhood TV hero and a woman he has never seen. When he passes her in real life, he sets out to find who she is, how and why he dreamt of her plus much more. Because of budget and schedules, Lion Suit Dreamscape was filmed incrementally. As it often happens with independent films, those involved participated in various capacities. Hans approached his friends, Brian Stone to act and Jonathan…

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