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About Firebetty

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  • Birthday September 25

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    Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Gah! Nevermind. I had my import setting wrong. I was bringing in my psd as footage. It needs to be brought in as a comp in order to convert to editable text.
  2. I wanted to revive this thread so I can drop some font knowledge on you all. There is a new trend by small foundry's and type designers to require upgraded "broadcast or film use" licenses. So even though you legitimately purchase the correct number of "desktop licenses" for all designers who will possibly touch a font, that's not good enough if you want to use it for broadcast or film. These "upgrades" can run anywhere from $10,000 for a single typeface to an additional $100 for an entire family. It is all dependent on how you're using it, what the designer deems it worth for that purpose, and how good at negotiation you are. I have basically had to become the Priceline Negotiator + paralegal because part of my job is to purchase fonts and maintain our font licenses. Also, just to make this shit MORE complicated, there is only ONE entity that is legally qualified to offer these upgrades. So let's say you buy a font from Myfonts.com…you think you're all good, right? Nope. you have to read that EULA, and if you see the word "Upgrade" "Extended" or "Broadcast" anywhere in it, you will need to contact the entity listed in the EULA (usually the designer, but sometimes a designated foundry or distributor) and negotiate the use. Now, as a designer, I'm definitely FOR designers getting paid for their work. This is why I always pay for fonts, and never give them to vendors. EVER. But this is ridiculous. By the way, this extra money you are paying doesn't buy you limited exclusivity like, let's say, a Rights-Managed stock image does. Nope, you can still see your pricey font used on a dog food commercial too. We just got hit with a bill for $6000 for ONE STUPID SCRIPT FONT, that we used on a title treatment for one of our ridiculous made-for-tv movies. We already owned 20 desktop licenses, but we didn't have the upgraded broadcast use license. Not kidding. Which leads me to my final thing: DO NOT USE THE FONT - KAILEY.
  3. Aroma, I thought of that first but I don't see this option in Creative Cloud. Unless I'm totally missing it.
  4. Hi all, it's been forever since I posted anything, but I'm back doing a little animating and curious if anyone knows if there is a way to maintain the "contextual alternates" open type option for live text in AE CC? it's kind of like using ligatures, but it just alternates the font options. It's an option in photoshop. Also, did AE CC do away with converting psd layers to live text? Ugh. I'm so freakin' out of the loop. any help is appreciated. thanks, fb
  5. I've been in the same place. Just as an art director, not as a motion graphics person. So I've basically forgotten how to mograph. I will be picking all of your brains soon enough though. I am seriously going to finally FINALLY learn C4D. It just occurred to me that I should.
  6. It's OK vozzz. I'm not that important. Just a crabby old lady who used to hang out here back in "the day".
  7. Hi. Remember me? I remember you mutherfuckers. sorry if I offend, I use foul language more than I ever did before.
  8. Firebetty

    New Reel

    Hey there, I agree with pretty much everything Mr. Bink says. Probably the most poignant thing he mentions, and the thing to take away from this critique is the following. "The projects are what you make of them. You have to MAKE them interesting. That's actually a big part of your job. Find a way to take mundane stuff and help it become compelling." This is ABSOLUTELY the truth. (Well said Binky) As for your reel, I think that you show promise. You have a decent sense of timing, and while your choice of music isn't my cup of tea, you aren't terrible at editing. You need to work on your typography, but I pretty much tell EVERYONE that. Mostly because motion graphics people are not always type geeks. LEARN TO BE. Type is the whole point. I would start out by changing the typeface on your intro/outro to something that doesn't look like you just used the default in illustrator. Kerning and leading and font selection need to be carefully scrutinized as an integral part of motion graphics, not just as something that "goes over top" of them. If you can master type, it will show that you are meticulous, anal retentive and snobby. These are good things.
  9. Bill Clinton is one smooth mutherfucker.
  10. I'm the weirdest person I know, but I'm also wildly popular. I have no idea how that happened.
  11. I think a possible reason that there seem to be more men has to do with the fact that women tend to want social lives. Working 13 hours a day just isn't conducive to my real life. A culture of workaholics has been created in this industry and many women don't relate to that. We're too busy getting our nails done.
  12. Hey man, just wanted to let you know that we have been unable to get ahold of Vernon...no idea why. Have you been in contact with him lately? Anyways, it's the weirdest thing. He just disappeared off the face of the earth. Let me know.


  13. didn't realize I had a status on mograph...

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