The respected creative Hillman Curtis passed away at the age of 51 on April 18. He was an author, designer and a filmmaker; as well as being a huge inspiration for me to become a multi-disciplinary creative.
I had an option to do a Masters course in Visual Communication as a follow on from my undergraduate design degree, but I decided to venture out into other creative mediums. I applied for one course in digital architecture and another course in film. I went down the route of the film course and for a year I made the leap from doing design to learning film, script writing and some motion graphics. It was a year where I was a pretty much a "fish out of water" but it was an experience I will always cherish.
I owe some of that self belief to Hillman's work in his short films, for me that's where he impacted me the most. Here was a guy who did design, was a flash pioneer, wrote books and directed short films and videos.
From the first Hillman short I watched called "Soldiers", there has always been this level of intimacy and rawness evident in the videos he directed. They have always resonated strongly with me everytime I view them.
The impact of Hillman Curtis will be long lasting and the outpouring of tributes continue to appear from people in the creative community. I myself have only touched the surface of what Hillman Curtis has accomplished in his career.
For more info on Hillman Curtis visit his website . Curtis has also written some books called MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer and Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web which I am looking to grab copies of this week.
If you are looking to check out the video work of Curtis I have created a playlist above (Thanks to VHX) of his short films, some of his other video work and his own profile video which he directed himself.