The random creative musings of William Courtney.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Art & Copy

I recently watched a film called Art & Copy, by documentary film maker, Doug Pray.

It follows the evolution of advertising in the United States from the 60's to present day, interviewing those who were responsible for some of the most indelible advertising our nation has seen.

I didn't really know anything about it going into it, and wasn't sure of what to expect, but I came away from it with a profound sense of respect for the ad makers of the 60's, 70's and early 80's.

I also felt a bit disenfranchised. It seems that today's advertising is more about saying something all the time, rather than saying anything of importance or weight. There seemed to be more sincerity in those older advertisements. Then again, maybe I just got hooked by good work.

If you are a creative professional, or are just fascinated by advertising's effect on popular culture, I definitely recommend it. It's currently available on Netflix Instant download.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What would MC Hammer say if you tried to retouch is photos?

He'd say, "William Courtney, you CAN (re)touch this!" ZING! Please Hammer, don't hurt me...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I noticed you do alot of work with big companies. What if I am looking for something as an individual? Do you take work on a smaller scale?

Although I have worked for and with a number of larger companies, I've also done work with smaller agencies and individuals. I don't really approach one differently from the other.

With large companies, I am usually in communication with the Art Director or Creative Director so I'm simply dealing with an individual as it is. There isn't much difference on my end between the two. It really comes down to the needs of the particular client on any given project.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Why do you have 2 first names?

I actually have 3 first names. William Charles Courtney. And to answer the question, because I deserve them.

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If Jesus Christ fought Superman, who would win?

I have to say, If Jesus fought Superman, Superman would win, but only because he's got the Batman in his corner, and Batman already has a plan to defeat anybody.

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Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

It depends on which vampires and werewolves you're referencing here. If i were to choose vampire, it would be like the vampires from Lost Boys. If we're going with werewolves, An American Werewolf in London would be pretty bad ass.

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Hi will, what's up?

Up is a very enjoyable Pixar film. I highly recommend it. It made me cry.

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What was the best job you've ever had?

I have had a few jobs in my career that have made an impact on me, but for all it's wrinkles, I'd have to say that coloring comics was the best job I ever had. The friendships I made there are meaningful to me to this day, and it's the only place where I could beat my co-workers with plastic lightsabers.

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