What Dinovember’s creators learned about creativity & imagination

By SPN Team / October 28, 2014

Before Dinovember, Kansas Citian Refe Tuma says he and his wife, Susan, felt the way lots of parents probably do.

While the couple loved raising their four kids—now ages 7, 5, 3 and 1—it was difficult to find time to pursue projects they were passionate about. In Refe and Susan’s case, creative disciplines like art and music…

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Drake class makes iPad app a study in e-publishing

By christopher / December 9, 2011

Assistant prof. Jeff Inman’s senior magazine capstone at Drake University feels equal parts college-newspaper-the-night-before-press and professional blog newsroom. Perhaps that’s because the veteran of alternative weeklies, including Des Moines’ Cityview, runs this class of over a dozen senior journalism students like a commercial publication. …

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With Anna Jones behind the lens, startups are squarely in frame

By Danny Schreiber / May 20, 2011

Anna Jones’ view of the Des Moines startup community comes from a unique perspective: behind a camera lens.

Jones operates her business, Anna Jones | Art of Photography, from Des Moines full-time, documenting everything from babies to weddings to commercial projects. As of December, she’s also on her way to establishing herself as the photographer of choice for events throughout the startup community.

“This ties in …

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Brandon Herbel plants Make Believe clothing company, studio in Omaha

By Danny Schreiber / October 22, 2010

The generation of an idea, a thorough business plan and acquiring capital are three components that most aspiring entrepreneurs adopt when looking to launch their own business. But for one Omaha resident, a love for creativity, a passion for community and the United States’ largest offshore oil spill was enough to launch his own clothing company and inspire others to “Believe.”

Brandon Herbel launched Make Believe Clothing Co. from the corner of his bedroom in October 2009, primarily…

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A conversation with Pixar’s Josh Cooley, the transcript

By Robert Murphy / October 8, 2010

Last Friday, Robert Murphy teamed up with photographer Jordan Green to cover a KANEKO Great Minds Series presentation by Josh Cooley, a story artist and director at Pixar Animation Studios. To read Murphy’s recap of Cooley’s presentation, “Coloring Outside the Lines,” see: Josh Cooley gives an in-depth look at Pixar’s creative process.

On Saturday, Murphy met with Cooley to learn more…

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More on New BLK: Matt Linder, Shawn & Shane Bainbridge

By Danny Schreiber / October 8, 2010

Amidst downtown Omaha’s streets of corporate businesses lie somewhat-hidden art hubs that not only strive to promote local and in-residence artists, but also look to generate thought, conversation and debate within the creative community.

While art facilities like KANEKO are known for turning heads as an innovative open space for the mind…

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New BLK works to redefine local art community through connectivity

By Danny Schreiber / October 1, 2010

While Omaha artists are working together to build awareness about their industry, a divide remains between the creative class’ so-called starving artists and commercial designers.

Although they share the same playground, those who sacrifice their material well-being to focus on their artistry keep to local art galleries and museums, while those who create art…

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Nebraska Film: Mark Hoeger of Oberon Entertainment

By Danny Schreiber / September 17, 2010

As 35-millimeter film continues to become a figment of filmmaking’s past, another emerging technique has given new life to the independent film industry, serving as a self-expressive art form for the filmmakers it attracts. The name of this emerging art form: digitization.

Digital cameras, one of many devices to evolve from the digital revolution, provided aspiring filmmakers with an easy film production alternative and often times, served as a less expensive option.

Curating film festivals since the 1980s, Mark Hoeger – co-president of Oberon Entertainment…

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Nebraska Film: Dana Altman on Nik Fackler & aspiring filmmakers

By Danny Schreiber / September 16, 2010

In our series titled “Nebraska Film,” we’ve diverted from our usual focus of highlighting entrepreneurs and creatives in the tech industry and instead have explored those individuals in our state’s film industry.

Last month, we profiled Dana Altman, owner, producer, and director of North Sea Films, a film production company located in Omaha’s Midtown district.

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Nebraska Film: Nik Fackler, writer & director of ‘Lovely, Still’

By Danny Schreiber / September 10, 2010

Last November, the newly-opened Marcus Midtown Cinema played host to Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau for an exclusive showing of his latest lead acting role, “Lovely, Still”. The man of the hour, however, was one 56 years younger than Landau, Nik Fackler. The film’s 25 year-old writer and director (now 26), was in his hometown to present his first feature film.

Fast forward 10 month to today, the film is opening in New York and Pennsylvania.

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