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Frames Per Second: A Conversation with Art Bell

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Moving stories start with a good set of rules.

"Frames Per Second" is a conversation with Art Bell of Dreamlike Pictures, a Vermont digital media maker with his own well-storied past. Whether using 3D animation to map a skating path across Lake Champlain, or lighting and movement to enchant a memorable meal, his work finds story in everything.  We talked with him about the work, creativity, and practice of digital videomaking, and learned how you can make your own videos with rich stories, too. 

This event was hosted by RETN, Dreamlike Pictures, VCAM, and Vermont International Film Foundation.

More about Art Bell:

Art Bell is the owner of Dreamlike Pictures, a Creative Services company creating television commercials, music videos, digital signage and brand films. Before Dreamlike he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Oxygen Media, which he co-founded in 1999 with partners Geraldine Laybourne, Oprah Winfrey, and The Walt Disney Company, providing a cable television service reaching over 70 million households in the U.S. and award-winning web services. Oxygen was acquired by NBC-Universal in late 2007.

Prior to this Art was a co-founder and head of product development & marketing for Alias Research. Alias and its flagship product Maya, was and remains the market leader in 3D animation & special effects for motion pictures & television. The company’s products are in use every day in major motion picture studios and can been seen in 26 of the top 50 grossing films of all time. Alias received a technical Emmy for its work in helping to advance Hollywood style special effects.

Art was most recently on the Boards of CCTV, and the Vermont CURE.

More about StoryCraft conversations:

What does it take to craft a great story, on paper, on stage, on the air, and on camera? How do story makers organize their ideas, edit their work, create habits and practices, and find inspiration? We want to know, and figure you do, too.

RETN partnered with local media, literary, and arts organizations to bring insightful conversation and practical resources together, in six monthly events. Listen to talks with Vermont story makers, facilitated by Gin Ferrara of Spindle & Widget, with Burlington Writers Workshop, Dreamlike Pictures, Rumble Strip Vermont, VCAM, Vermont International Film Foundations, WBTV-LP, and more.