Thanks to Chris Colman and the folks at PIG China for the opportunity to further expound on China’s virtual reality industry. This interview was given last December, following my presentation on “The Art of Indirection” at the 7th International Conference & Exhibition on Visual Entertainment in Beijing.
Thanks to Toony Wu and the talented team at Jelly Monster in Beijing for hosting an iAVRrc salon yesterday afternoon, featuring my presentation on “The Art of Indirection”, and a few words from Nokia’s Jill Smolin on the creative potential of the OZO virtual reality camera.
Thanks to Asa Butcher, Senior Editor at gbtimes, for his article on the inception and development of BAN JIN BA LIANG, Disney’s first Chinese TV co-production.
Thanks to Morgan Walker and the folks at Gadget Helpline for inviting me to expound upon on virtual reality’s present and future, with an eye on China.
(A seven-year odyssey comes to fruition as Disney’s first original Chinese TV co-production.)
This week, I’m taking a break from virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality to talk about actual reality: Chinese stone lions are alive!
A “seven-year itch” was finally scratched as I watched the premiere of Ban Jin Ba Liang (半斤八兩 in Mandarin, which loosely translates to “tweedledum and tweedledee”) January 16th, 2016 on China’s Dragon TV channel. In 2009, Wen Feng, Yi Yan and I had the crazy idea to make a buddy comedy about Chinese stone lions. Initial development was bootstrapped by our Beijing-based content company Magic Dumpling Entertainment under the working title Stone Cold Lion, featuring our hearty heroes Chip and Nick.
My 2017 VR Wish List is up on Animation World Network. Check it out!
Much has been written on the subject of work / life balance and efficiency, perhaps most famously advocated by Tim Ferriss in THE 4-HOUR WORK WEEK.
My present lifestyle is more like the four-hour work day: not quite to Ferriss’ sparse standard, but a huge quality of life improvement over the corporate grind.
Having oscillated between indie and employee work, I can confirm that working smarter does not mean working harder. We waste more time than we realize on busy work, instead of focusing on The Thing That Really Matters.
A millionaire entrepreneur once blogged that despite his fortune, he sets a self-funded seed financing limit of $5,000 for each new startup, using the tight parameters to enhance his focus and expand his creativity.
I advocate the same strategy with time. Allocate less time per day for work than you think you need, and see how it focuses your attention on what’s really important.
Time is far more precious than money – a fact you understand better at age 50 than at age 30.