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Kat Dawes — NOWism

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Here’s the perfect start to 2024: Kat Dawes and NOWism’s particular blend of positivity for creative people. From busking in her native Brisbane to traveling through Africa, Kat has combined her love of performance art and spirituality to create NOWism, a playful philosophy that embraces the present moment and focuses on becoming the hero of your own story.

In this podcast, Kat tells Chris how artists struggling in a modern, ever-changing world can overcome anxieties related to AI and financial woes. She also talks about how to find joy in a world that seems to be fuelled by negativity and conflict, and reveals how storytelling can help us understand our predicaments. If you feel that you’re stuck in a creative rut, then Kat’s infectious enthusiasm might just help you turn 2024 into your year.

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0:04:27 What inspired Jonas to make his Youtube video

0:09:34 The marketing push against CG and the reasons for it

0:12:13 Can you blame CG for bad movies?

0:14:42 Researching the video and finding out about "Top Gun: Maverick"

0:17:55 Reactions to the video

0:21:45 "Oppenheimer" and the invisible CG artists

0:26:42 The Oscars and the VFX of "Mad Max: Fury Road"

0:29:24 CG artists advocates, "Mission: Impossible 7" and "No Time to Die"

0:30:33 Is CGI lazy?

0:34:20 How to change the CGI sucks narrative

0:37:51 NDAs and allowing VFX companies to share work

0:41:31 Corridor Crew, VFX YouTubers, and "Little Mermaid" and "She-Hulk"

0:45:29 How to get the public excited about CGI again

0:47:39 Andy Serkis and scrutinizing digital characters

0:55:25 The next episode and invisible VFX on-set

1:02:52 Moving on from the "Life of Pi" days

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About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: January 16, 2024.
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