Mark Parry [maparry]
What is your specialty in multimedia?
Educational, learning and teaching, training
Do you have a website or blog where we can see something of your work?
What has been your career path? How have you arrived to the point where you are? What did you do before?
Taught via distance.
Developed learning materials.
Managed others to develop learning materials.
Went from print to video to CD-ROM to online.
What types of clients do you have? How do they find you?
Educational (ie Schools, Universities, Vocational), Corporate, Community groups, Other.
Word-of-mouth, web, personal recommendation
How did your interest in multimedia technology begin?
Leonardo Da Vinci's inventions (museum exhibit in 1991)
Please provide a brief description of the hardware and software you currently use most.
Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Final Cut Pro, Vimeo, Camtasia, Quicktime
What parts of your work are the ones you enjoy most and least?
Most: Solving problems, working with people, learning new stuff, analysing content and process
Least: Locating media specialists
Technology and art - a collison of the left and right brain?
yeah! bring it on!
Do you usually keep an eye on the work of your competition and analyze how they have done things?
View showreels, view websites, read magazines, attend launches and conferences
How do you learn new techniques? Manuals? Tutorials? Trial and error?
Online tutorials, trial and error, chat with friends, RTFM, deconstruct a video
What new technologies are you experimenting with now?
video compression, video capture
What technology or phenomenon do you believe will revolutionize the sector in the next few years?
social media (and the dialog between producers and consumers about ideas), online video, user generated content, educational media!
Does it irk you when something new makes what you've already learned obsolete?
It comes with the territory (to an extent)
You spend many hours in front of screens and in dark rooms. How do you compensate for that on a personal level?
Running thru a field with my dogs, allocating time to not-think and not-do, loving the one closest to me
If you have to hire an assistant, what qualifications and qualities do you look for when making your choice?
An understanding of what is really required.
Skills to accomplish job.
A positive, can-do attitude that is genuine.
What types of professionals are you used to collaborating with, sharing experiences with, or forming a team with?
Subject Matter Experts
Motion graphics designers
What professional publications or portals do you follow regularly?
What advice would you give those who want to break into this profession?