The Monday Meeting

Monday Meeting: October 07, 2019 | Camp Mograph 2019 Recap

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These weekly meetings are for motion designers all over the world to connect and ask questions, share inspiration, and hear presentations from industry-leading artists. No matter what level an artist is at in their career, from small towns to LA rockstars, we are all facing similar challenges and looking to grow.
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These weekly meetings are for motion designers all over the world to connect and ask questions, share inspiration, and hear presentations from industry-leading artists. No matter what level an artist is at in their career, from small towns to LA rockstars, we are all facing similar challenges and looking to grow.
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Monday Meeting: November 18, 2019 | Guest: Rachel Reid from Gunner
This week we welcome Julie Craft as a new host to Monday Meetings as well as guest, Rachel Reid from Gunner in Detroit, MI. Julie and Rachel talk about Rachel's background, her style, how to work with cel animators like herself, and take questions from the meeting participants. As always, you can find the full show notes or join in a future meeting at https://www.mondaymeeting.org
1:00:45
November 19, 2019
Monday Meeting: November 11, 2019 | Julie Craft & Billy Chitkin of Boxfort
Guests Julie Craft and Billy Chitkin discuss how they formed Boxfort in Detroit, Michigan.  We discuss the Half Rez 8 titles, working as a collaborative, finding office space and hacky sack circles in the office.   You can always find show notes or join a meeting at https://www.mondaymeeting.org
1:10:06
November 13, 2019
Monday Meeting: November 04, 2019| Andy Needham talks XP Challenge, a quick chat about holds, and more!
This week Andy Needham talks to us briefly about the annual X-Particles Challenge. Afterward, we open up the call for general discussion and talk about holds for a bit, and a bit more. You can always find show notes or join a meeting at https://www.mondaymeeting.org
1:04:07
November 5, 2019
Monday Meeting: October 28, 2019 | Goal Setting with Guest, Hayley Akins
This week, Hayley Akins joins us to talk about setting goals. How to go about it in your career, or personally, and how her quarterly mastermind group can help you with goals too. If you'd like to join in a call or get the full call notes, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
59:44
October 28, 2019
Monday Meeting: October 21, 2019 | Office Configurations
This week we talk about our offices. Do we sit or stand? What kind of mice are we using? How about wacom? What kind of desks and montors? We talk about it all. If you'd like to join in on a call, or get the full show notes, you can at https://www.mondaymeeting.org
56:29
October 28, 2019
Monday Meeting: October 14, 2019 | Open Discussion, and Animation Festivals, and Mograph Events...Oh My!!!
This week Penny Nederlander hosts an open discussion that transforms into talking about animation festivals vs. motion design events. We've got a lot of notes and links for you this week, so head over to https://www.mondaymeeting.org for all of them. As always, if you'd like to join in or learn more about these calls, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org or hit us up on social media!
1:11:10
October 16, 2019
Monday Meeting: October 07, 2019 | Camp Mograph 2019 Recap
This week we discuss everything that happened at Camp Mograph . We go over some of the activities, but have a bunch of participants who were at Camp discuss their own personal thoughts about the event. As always, if you'd like the full meeting notes, to learn more or join in on future calls, head to https://www.mondaymeeting.org!
1:12:03
October 8, 2019
Monday Meeting: September 23, 2019 | Blend Fest Recap and Open Discussion
On this week's call, we discussed Blend and had a general open discussion. We talk about the Blend titles as well as the Half Rez ones and more. Check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org to get the full meeting notes, learn more, or join in on the next meeting. 
1:09:52
October 8, 2019
Monday Meeting: September 16, 2019 | First time host, Penny Nederlander!
This week we welcome Penny Nederlander as a new host for the Monday Meeting calls. She absolutely killed it. We talked about everything ranging from all the events happening this fall to general discussion and suggestions from participants. If you want to learn more, get show notes or join in a call, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org
1:09:15
September 19, 2019
Monday Meeting: September 9, 2019 | Guest: Chad Ashley
We are stoked to have Chad Ashley (@chad_gsg & @cgpov) join us for this week's meeting to go over his process for creating materials in Substance Designer.  Chad walks us through a lot of the creative decisions and workflow for creating unique, procedural materials.  Keep an eye out because Chad and the crew at GreyscaleGorilla will be releasing a new material pack for Cinema 4D soon!
1:16:58
September 11, 2019
Monday Meeting: September 2, 2019 | Open Discussion
This week's meeting was an open discussion and consisted of some good topics.  We touch on the School of Motion "state of the industry" survey, bad trends in the motion graphics industry, whether or not going freelance is the right path for you, traditional schools vs online training, and new programs like Substance Alchemist. If you'd like to learn more, get show notes, or join in a call, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:08:13
September 4, 2019
Monday Meeting: August 26, 2019 | What does success look like?
This week's call was an open discussion that turned into looking at what success means. Does it mean you're famous and working with all the big names? Does it mean you're not homeless? What constitutes success for us? If you'd like to learn more, get show notes, or join in a call, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:03:49
August 29, 2019
Monday Meeting: August 19, 2018 | Does Location Matter for a Motion Design Career
This week we discuss a wide variety of things. The original topic started out questioning does location matter to a motion designer career. We branched off and talked about the importance of networking beyond the mograph industry, how being reliable is super important, and utilizing word of mouth and referrals. We also go off a bit at the end about Adobe's response to a year old thread about multi-threaded support in AE and how we're tired of the corporate fluff. If you want to learn more, get full show notes or join in on a call, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:34:28
August 20, 2019
Monday Meeting: August 12, 2019 | What it takes to have a career in motion design. Tips, pricing, and more...
This week we did a quick recap of SIGGRAPH since we skipped it last week. The main focus of this week's call was about having a career in mograph. Some harsh truths about what it takes to make it in the industry; Some honest talk about pricing and the ranges that people can charge; How networking can change a person's career; and so much more! If you want to join in, get show notes or learn more, you can do so by visiting https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:20:41
August 13, 2019
Monday Meeting: August 5, 2019: Reels and Cold Emails
This week the group talks reviews a couple reels and talks a briefly at the end of the call about using Linkedin for doing sales and cold emailing.  If you'd like to join in, learn more, or get notes on the episodes, head over to https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:04:29
August 6, 2019
Monday Meeting: July 29, 2019: Tutorials & Self Critiques
There are so many resources for learning motion design.  From free tutorials to paid courses and everything in between, what's the best way to go?  Pros and Cons?  And once you learn more skills, how do you critique your own work?  This week's meeting dives into both topics. For full notes or to join in the next call, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org
58:18
July 31, 2019
Monday Meeting: July 22, 2019: What's going on in the industry lately?
Have you noticed the industry seems to be shifting a lot lately? We have too. This week we discuss how the industry is changing. Studios closing and downsizing. The huge increase in freelancers. Lots of big names now going to work for companies like Google or Facebook instead of a studio or agency. Also, what the hell is up with budgets? For full notes or to join in the next call, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org
1:17:47
July 26, 2019
Monday Meeting: July 15, 2019: Handling Late Payments, Overtime, and more!
This week we discuss a lot having to do with invoicing. How to deal with late payments, overtime, and more. As always, you can join in or learn more at https://www.mondaymeeting.org
1:09:23
July 22, 2019
Monday Meeting: July 8, 2019: Year One
We have been doing this for one year! This week we discussed what our first year of meetings has been like and how thankful we are for you, the participants and our plans going forward. Such as moving the calls back to 10AM Eastern Time. We also have a really awesome conversation about the hold system and other general topics. For all the notes and to join in, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:20:34
July 22, 2019
Monday Meeting: July 1, 2019: Passive Income
 This week we have a pretty loose discussion about ways to generate passive income, some chat about creating tutorials and how that could generate revenue, and more. The chatroom was super active during this call with a lot of great questions and discussions. As always, you can join in each Monday at 11AM ET and learn more at https://www.mondaymeeting.org 
55:02
July 2, 2019
Monday Meeting: June 17, 2019: Guest, Noah Wohl
This week we chat with Noah Wohl about being a business owner in the motion design industry, how he got started, why a business vs. freelance, and lots of hot questions from participants.   As always, you can join in each Monday at 11AM ET and learn more at https://www.mondaymeeting.org 
1:24:24
July 2, 2019
Monday Meeting: June 10, 2019: 2019 Goals Review
This week we catch up with a lot of attendees to see how their yearly goals are going.  Are people accomplishing them?  Have some been put on the back burner?  Some good conversations come about while reviewing a bunch of goals. As always, you can join in each Monday at 11AM ET via https://www.mondaymeeting.org
54:05
June 16, 2019
Monday Meeting: June 03, 2019: Splitting Business Types & Parenting While Progressing
This week we discuss is it worth splitting your business or types of work into different businesses?  Or should you keep it all under one roof?  We also have a great discussion about parenting and how it's tough to progress as an artist while dealing with life responsibilities like kids and family. As always, you can join in each Monday at 11AM ET via https://www.mondaymeeting.org
1:06:31
June 4, 2019
Monday Meeting: May 20, 2019: R&D In Your Work
 This week we discuss how you incorporate Research and Development into your project workflow.  Do you set aside time to do it?  How much time do you spend with R&D?  The group weighs in. As always, you can join in each Monday at 11AM ET via https://www.mondaymeeting.org
1:09:01
May 20, 2019
Monday Meeting: May 13, 2019: The Blunt Nature of the Industry
This week we discuss the blunt nature of the industry: Does being a fantastic artist and good at what you do really get you more jobs or is there more to it? Can you "cheat" your way into more lucrative jobs just by networking? As always, you can join in each Monday at 11AM ET via https://www.mondaymeeting.org
1:22:34
May 18, 2019
Monday Meeting: April 29, 2019: Time Management
This week we discuss time management. How do remote workers vs. on site workers, best and worst practices, and more! As always, you can learn more and join in at https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:06:19
April 30, 2019
Monday Meeting: April 22, 2019: Discussion on Mental and Physical Health
This week we have open discussion that focuses mostly on mental and physical health. Everything from the tole this industry takes on us to the tole it takes on our relationships.
1:05:04
April 25, 2019
Monday Meeting: April 15, 2019 | NAB 2019 Recap
Mark, Liam, and many others who attended NAB 2019 have a great overall discussion about what they saw at the show.  From presentations at the Maxon booth and other show floor topics to after parties and gambling, this recap covers it all!  And for those who don't know, details about Camp Mograph 2019 are revealed too!
1:06:52
April 16, 2019
Monday Meeting: April 01, 2019 | Guest: Raphael Rau
 Raphael joined us this week to talk about his most recent project, "METERS." He goes into how he developed some of his procedural materials, his inspiration and takes questions from the participants. For show notes and information on joining our weekly calls, check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org  
1:29:09
April 1, 2019
Monday Meeting: March 25, 2019 | Guest: Kyle Hamrick
 This week, guest Kyle Hamrick joins the call to discuss his 30 days of AE Text Tool experiments while dropping a ton of juicy After Effects tips and tricks!  Kyle covers a bunch of cool technical tricks, so go check out our YouTube page for the video stream of this meeting. As always, get the full show notes at https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:04:41
March 28, 2019
Monday Meeting: March 18, 2019 | Discussion: Negotiation & Etiquette in our Industry
 For this meeting, we discuss finding negotiation and etiquette with in the motion graphics industry.  This is a topic that has been coming up a lot in the various Slack channels and on Twitter.  There is some great discussion surrounding the topic, so give this one a listen.  As always, get the full show notes at https://www.mondaymeeting.org. 
1:31:24
March 21, 2019
Monday Meeting: March 11, 2019 | Guest: Tyler Bay
 This week, guest Tyler Bay joins the call to discuss his Houdini wizardry, tutorials and tips of getting started with Houdini.  If you have never heard of Houdini or are a seasoned artist, this episode is worth a listen! As always, get the full show notes at https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:02:47
March 12, 2019
Monday Meeting: March 05, 2019 | Discussion: Live Reel Critiques
This week, we hosted our first live reel critiques! If you want to follow along visually, the video will be up at mondaymeeting.org. You can also get a link to all the reels we reviewed there. As always, get the full show notes at https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
2:28:34
March 5, 2019
Monday Meeting: February 25, 2019 | Guest: Caitlin Cadieux
This week, guest Caitlin Cadieux joins the call to discuss her workflow, how she works as an illustrator, 2D and 3D animator, and a lot of questions from the participants. As always, get the full show notes at https://www.mondaymeeting.org.
1:02:58
February 28, 2019
Monday Meeting: February 18, 2019 | Do you take shortcuts?
 This week we discuss taking shortcuts in your work.  Do you use templates from sites like Adobe Stock, VideoHive, etc?  If you do, do you feel guilty or is it about getting the job done? Lots of interesting discussion in this meeting! For complete show notes, visit https://www.mondaymeeting.org.  Sign up for our new newsletter for weekly inspirational links!
1:19:53
February 19, 2019
Monday Meeting: February 11, 2019 | Guest: Workbench.tv
Joe Clay and Sev Ojea join in the call this week to talk a bit about their backgrounds, how Workbench got started and general Q&A from the participants! Check out https://www.mondaymeeting.org for the full show notes.
1:06:05
February 13, 2019
Monday Meeting: February 04, 2019 | 2019 Goals Review, Superbowl Ads, and new Monthly Challenge
 This week we review our 2019 Goals, discuss the Superbowl commercials, talk shop and issue the next monthly challenge: create a new demo reel.  For complete show notes, visit https://www.mondaymeeting.org.  Sign up for our new newsletter for weekly inspirational links!
1:16:21
February 7, 2019
Monday Meeting: January 28, 2019 | This We Wish We Knew Getting into the Industry
This week we discuss thing we wish we knew before we got into the industry, freelance, etc.  For complete show notes, visit https://www.mondaymeeting.org. Also, sign up for our new newsletter for weekly inspirational links.
1:14:10
February 1, 2019
Monday Meeting: January 21, 2019 | Guest: Dorca Musseb
This week, Dorca Musseb, a designer and animator joined us to talk about her work on "Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj," and some general discussion. We also discuss a bunch of inspirational links that came out this past week. Get the full show notes at mondaymeeting.org
54:16
January 22, 2019
Monday Meeting: January 14, 2019 | Discussion: Can taste be taught?
 Can you teach taste? Is art/design a skill anyone can learn? This week we discuss that and other many tangents about schooling, mentoring, apprenticeships and so much more. Almost hit the 90 minute mark on this one! We had a lot to say. If you'd like to join in, learn more at MondayMeeting.org or find us on any social media of your choosing. 
1:19:46
January 15, 2019
Monday Meeting: January 07, 2019 | Discussion: 2019 Goals & Challenges
In this week's meeting, we discuss our goals for the upcoming year and reveal some challenges that we think will help push your skills as a freelancer, artist and business person.  
1:00:41
January 8, 2019
Monday Meeting: December 17, 2018 | Discussion: Your Ideal Workday or Schedule
 OPENING TOPICS: With holidays coming up, we are going to take the next 2 weeks off.  Next meeting will be Jan 7th Got some ideas/guests planned for 2019, but if you have any suggestions hit us up via email, twitter, slack, etc. Start thinking of 2019 goals.  Our meeting on Jan 7th will be discussing the goals for the new year. MAIN DISCUSSION: From Ray Barcomb: Thinking of topics and wondering if anyone would like to share what their ideal work week would look like in your freelance business. versus what actually occurs? I'm sure we all strive for an ideal work day, week but how many times are we derailed into working late extra hours, or too many revisions with projects that end up overlapping. I'm trying to find balance where i'm at right now and love the flexibility I get from working remotely as a freelancer, but wonder how everyone else goes about it, like do you guys get projects that are a month or so long, or a few weeks, or do you get stuff done relatively quickly and wait most of the time? Could even break this down to how we structure our days to getting in paid work done along with getting in self marketing, professional development?   TL;DR: What is an ideal work day, week? How do people manage their days to keep up the work life balance?  How are days structured? How long are projects? A month long, just a few weeks or days? Schedule things out with a minimum of a half day, ideally a full day. Tell your clients it is so you can guarantee quality in the work you're doing, so you're not jumping around to multiple project. Watching old reels is a good way to inspire yourself, remember old tricks, etc We should talk about project management software: Asana Trello Jira Notion LINKS AND INSPIRATION: Redshift3D Quick Overview on Sampling and Noise Build an Automated Render-Bot in After Effects Why the IATSE? | IATSE Labor Union, representing the technicians, artisans and craftpersons in the entertainment industry
1:25:30
December 27, 2018
Monday Meeting: December 10, 2018 | Discussion: Finding Your Artistic Voice
For this meeting, we discuss finding your voice as an artist. The topics was brought up the previous week by motion designer Elizabeth Grigg. The meeting goes deep into what is an artist, finding your voice, and how your "voice" can be used commercially.
1:15:57
December 11, 2018
Monday Meeting: December 03, 2018 | Discussion: Mograph Education & Awards
This meeting was an open forum with some suggestions from the community. We cover the democratization of technology and education in the motion graphics industry, industry awards, and a lot more.
1:21:03
December 6, 2018
Monday Meeting: November 26, 2018 | Discussion: Building Trust, Workflows, Client Issues and More!
This meeting was an open forum with some suggestions from the community. We covered everything from building trust with clients and co-workers, workflows internally and with clients, general client woes and so much more!
1:18:20
November 27, 2018
Monday Meeting: November 19, 2018 | Discussion: Branding Yourself
An instant classic. This week, the group discusses the topic of branding yourself. Should you brand yourself as your name? As an alias? As a "studio"? This was one of the better discussions we've had. It's packed with a ton of good info and questions from seasoned motion designers to new freelancers.
1:35:19
November 20, 2018
Monday Meeting: November 5, 2018 | Guests: Brett Morris & Chad Ashley
Guests Brett Morris and Chad Ashley discuss how small studios, such as Ranger and Fox, take on large projects. Throughout the discussion, we focus on project management, Redshift render, and other workflows that Brett and his team at Ranger and Fox use to tackle these large scale projects.
1:04:22
November 6, 2018
Monday Meeting: October 29, 2018 | Discussion: Freelance Financials
This week, the group discussion is led by Liam Clisham, who shares his financials from the past 3 years of freelancing. A great discussion ensues after with a large Q&A from the community.
1:36:28
October 30, 2018
Monday Meeting: October 22, 2018 | Guest: Ryan Summers
Guest, Ryan Summers, talks to the group about career tips in the animation/motion design industry, the industry as a whole, how to find inspiration, and create your own unique voice.
1:13:05
October 30, 2018
Monday Meeting: October 15, 2018 | Discussion: Types of Learning
This week, the group discusses different ways of learning. From how to learn to where to learn.
56:04
October 30, 2018
Monday Meeting: October 08, 2018 | Guest: Hayley Akins
Guest, Hayley Akins, talks to the group about the new Motion Hatch Contract Bundle, making the contracts work for you, and how to protect yourself and your work.
1:06:07
October 30, 2018
Monday Meeting: October 1, 2018 | Client Red Flags
In this meeting, the group discusses what are client red flags, how to avoid them, and different steps you can take to protect yourself and your business.
1:33:26
October 30, 2018
Monday Meeting: September 24, 2018 | Guest: Barton Damer
Guest, Barton Damer, talks to the group about running a smaller studio, the industry, and how to make moves in your career to get ahead.
1:24:37
October 30, 2018
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