A big thank you to Adam Flanagan over at the 160 Over 90 blog who shared a link to a lovely documentary, titled Up There, about the men who hand paint billboards in New York City. The documentary was directed by Malcolm Murray and produced by Mekanism. As an aside, if you get a chance, go check out Mekanism’s home page — the random, fun, clever videos that load may inspire creativity or laughter.
For an even more in depth look into advertising, copyrighting, and creativity consider viewing the documentary Art & Copy. This documentary, directed by Doug Pray, also includes a section about a family owned billboard company — which gives you a parallel story, to that shared in Up There, into how billboard advertisements are designed, manufactured, and installed.
Michael has more than 10 years of experience utilizing Web and new media in higher education, nonprofit, and business sectors. Among his many accomplishments, he founded a Web and new media consulting company—VanPutten Interactive—to serve clients specializing in public works, social work, higher education, documentary film, and professional development. In his current role at Michigan State University, he provides leadership for Web communication and innovative utilization of new media and oversees a team of Web developers. Michael has a master’s degree in educational technology from Western Michigan University.