This is by far my favorite. The words and images are great together. I had to watch it a few times to get it all, or at least all I could and wanted to get. Plus, the sound on this clip helps the feeling I got from the words/images.
a. A guiding spirit.
b. A source of inspiration.
I LOVE this. I’ve watched it several times and get something new out of it every time.
Muse–the voice that speaks through you
Thank you for reminding me that even as our thoughts and doubts and life in general overwhelm and complicate us, the first step of any creative work is taking that crayon and drawing that first line on the paper.
Your work is beautiful. I can’t believe this is only my first comment.
Where do you get your music from. Who’s the artist?
A wonderful synergy of images and sound. Very nice.
Daniel, your work has always been an absolute inspiration to me, but often in the past I felt intimidated, like I do whenever I see great things. What this video, as well as many others before it, does however is to try to push us further, apply that wind to our backs, not to slow us down but speed us up, explore the limits of what we have and what we can do. Thank you.
It’s back to the third circle of hell for me… this is absolutely breathtaking. It amazes me how beautifully you distill the essential message into your pieces. There is nothing wasted. The music the images and the text all come together so perfectly. Your work is definitely an inspiration.
winner music today daniel!
a wonderful tension between the need to slow down and the desire to move forward. formally, this is perfect.
I want to put it in my pocket.
i make the music, meiser.
thanks for asking.
[...] I can relate to that. I can relate to Michael Verdi’s thoughts as he expressed them on his vlog yesterday. I can relate very well to Daniel Liss’ video from a few days back. In the middle of it all, Shannon Noble re-set his vlog and is writing things like: In particular i am utterly sick of shallow responses to my work. Thus, it means possibly my work is either shallow or way more challenging then the average vlogger can handle, or humanity has no time to indulge in the kind of crap i create because they are to busy trying to survive on a daily basis, and that is more likely then anything. It’s been a pretty pathetic ride at this point. Most vlogger sites get shallow responses like “oh that was great” or “wow” or “i love your work”. vloggercon was a pile of masterbation. except for a very few concise presentations that were most intelligent and precise. (net neutrality). even the people behind the scenes do not cop to what happened. everyone jerks off on one another and sits there complacently…waiting to get their nut served. No one speaks the truth. All are self serving. Planet melts in your face. [...]
I want this to be played every morning as I wake up, so that I can start each day like this – ready to believe in the impossible.
Incredible. All your videos are so beautiful to watch!
Nice to have met you at vloggercon. Always a pleasure to see what you create; to take in what you bring to the vlogosphere and to be challenged and to be inspired by the things you show us on your electronic pages. Thanks.
This is video is perfect! I love it. I love that it’s a kid drawing with crayons. It really is that simple. I love the speed at which the words move. It’s like the speed of your thoughts when you can’t get them out. And you can just watch and let them flow over you. Watch the shapes they make as they speed by. Then change your focus like the camera does and watch the hand.
When you’re done watching this, watch it 10 more times. It gets even better.
[...] Two videos that got my eye. They won't change the world. They don't really communicate anything important. They won't get on Memeorandum or Digg or even on Google Video or YouTube. But, what the heck, neither will a flower. Daniel Liss: Begin here. [...]
days in and days out, moments like these rush beyond me, only to catch up in my dreams and I wake having lost and found both the beginning and the end…
the ability to create a moment we all know as true, the rush, the step, the very essense of inspiration, you have such a great talent we are waiting, waiting on the edge of our seats to see what you will do next.
Excellent creativity — I love these videos!
Pure emotive inspiration… thanks Daniel!
This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. I know the things I will miss in one grandchild’s life.
So teach me! that i might have something to leave him when I am gone.
I love all your videos, of course, but I particularly love the ones that incorporate text. The combination of the visual images, the sound and the text makes me feel like my brain is getting serious exercise. It takes me back to my old grad school days when I studied speech & language perception.
[...] Daniel Liss: Begin here. Great homemade music and visuals. Inspiring! [...]
Prepare yourself. I am about to be frank.
I know the quiet spirited artist to whom I speak. I can already imagine the face that will flush pink and shy away, thinking me blatant and gauche in my praise, still understanding the sincere admiration in it, and the respect I have for that quiet spirit.
This piece is intrinsically genius – so astoundingly and unconventionally so, that pretense and inhibition are abandoned.
Imagine da Vinci’s mechanical illustrations and how each line is akin to every plump brush stroke; how logic, beauty and fantasy twine throughout everything he touched.
I have a similar acuity toward Liss’ work. The juxtaposition of fatherhood and digital artistry is superbly tangible and still fragile and precious. The artist’s ability to mold a singular spectacular work from such a spectrum of media deserves more praise than I will ever alone bestow.
the music kills me
am i not supposed to comment here?
herding all comments to this site, now.
and thank you, everybody.
I keep coming back to this piece. I find that when I do, [the wind is miraculously at my back and I possess the occasional groove]. Brilliant. So very brilliant.
c\’est vraiment génial, merci pour ce partage de moments forts
[...] We are extremely excited to support Daniel Liss of Pouringdown.tv for his project: "Seven Maps". Daniel found videoblogging while doing commercial video work and went crazy; he just picked it up and ran with it. Here are some great examples of his work: Begin Here, Theory: Practice, and Decision Machine. We want to help fund a game between Daniel Liss and you. We, the community, will raise money AND tell him how to use it. Daniel is willing to take a risk and make videos in any location. Please donate to the project and then contribute your ideas to the Seven Maps Wiki. To avoid chaos five filters/representatives have been chosen to sort through and consolidate these ideas (see explanation below). We think this project has the potential to invigorate the community into active and creative collaboration. [...]
[...] We’ve got a new project up at Have Money Will Vlog. This one is a collaboration with Daniel Liss of pouringdown.tv. His work is amazing – I’ve watched Begin Here & Theory: Practice dozens of times. Now what he’s going to do is let us send him on assignment. He’s set up wiki for the Seven Maps project where over the month of July everyone can help come up with ideas that will help shape the project. Then, five people (the Five Filters) that Daniel has selected will take those ideas and use them to guide him along on the project during August. Basically they can send him anywhere and give him any kind of assignment. This is going to be so cool. [...]
Applying wind to our back – the image keeps returning. Along with the rest of this video.
I have basically been without the option of watching videoblogs for over a week now. No new media. And I remember this video, I remember the music, and the words, and the movement behind the words. Worlds.
Just my attempt to keep this thread alive.
Beautiful images and a clever use of text. Don’t know if it could work for more than 5 minutes though, I think my eyes would fall out trying to focus! Loved it though and just let it wash over me.
i feel a great sense of freedom and hope watching this video,
and hearing the music.
you have made the perfect video. we can all stop now.
this is nirvana. all in all is all we are.
I was very impressed with the video….no words to describe what it makes one feel… the music is breathtaking….in fact the music by itself speaks volumes…..
just watched this again
i love it
makes me teary eyed.
also nominated you here:
(a couple times!)
Daniel, this is so. so. beautiful. WOW!!!!
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Back again for my fix. See you here again every few months/weeks for the rest of my life.
Hurts my eyes! We liked how the child coloring throughout, since this about doing something. It makes me want to watch it again so I could get it all in again. It demands multiple viewings.
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