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This stock footage is available from Dissolve.com and is featured in the advert.

The birth of an internet sensation – Trend Predictions.

So I will be predicting the future internet sensations on my BLOG. I will do this as often as possible, when I find something worth sharing. This next advert only as 1200 views currently on Youtube, today is 24 March 2014, I predict it will have over a million views on one month, and that you will see this on your Facebook feed (or google plus or twitter or whatever you use) This video is an advert for a stock footage company and is so smart that it deserves a share. BUZZFEED and Upworthy will be posting this soon, but I’ll be first, helping this video get shared and spreading the word. Here is the video:

PROOF of CURRENT VIEW COUNT as of 24 March 2014 – Click the image to see the low hits, only 1200 or so as of this posting.

Screenshot of date and video view count, this video is about to become famous. Hipsters are going to hate it.
Screenshot of date and video view count, this video is about to become famous. Hipsters are going to hate it.

This video is a great example of a Capitalist MEME. Read more about different types of Memes by clicking anywhere on this line of TEXT!

So you might wonder why is this a MEME? Well the video is obviously advertising, but the subject matter is main stream media. The video comments on the modern day obsession with being current, young and technologically advanced. The make fun of Apple and Google and Samsung, all massive international companies that try and create a sense of authenticity and technological advancement. Dissolve is a stock footage company and their range is very impressive. As a film editor and director myself I know how handy great stock footage can be. Dissolve has it all, and all in HD at affordable rates.

This advert comments on modern day multi-national companies, and how their adverts might not be as authentic as you might think. Does this make those companies evil, are they trying to manipulate you? Yes they are. Is it evil? No. Every company does it, even you Grandma. Yes even granny tries to win you over from your other granny. Granny masks her capitalism with love. Does she love you? Yes she does, does she love being your favourite granny, priceless.

Ok HIPSTERS before you assassinate me with your comments just take a second to study your favourite brands. Those brands all play in on your ALTERNATIVE (haha) culture. They create the ALTERNATIVE culture with strange patters, retro looking fashion and advertising that emote the idea of being NON MAIN STREAM, of being a hipster….

Visit Dissolve’s website here —–> http://www.dissolve.com/

Google + here ——-> https://plus.google.com/+Dissolve/posts

See the original post here ——-> http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/this-is-a-generic-brand-video

UPDATE 9PM 25 MARCH 2014: So the video had 1257 views yesterday, today is is at 5563. That is a 4000 view growth rate in 24 hours. At that trend they will hit 40 000 in 10 days. But the growth should be exponential so I predict 1 000 000 views by Wednesday April 2nd 2014.

UPDATE 11pm 25 March 2014: The video creator replied to my Youtube Comment and said that the video was featured as PICK of THE DAY on Vimeo. This has helped the video up to 11,500 views from 1270 yesterday.

GAY Uganda Refugee

Cape Town Gay Pride 2014 – Uganda takes center stage.

On the 1st of March we had Cape Town pride. With all the gay rights violations happening around the world it seemed very hard to pick a theme for this years pride. To me Uganda was the biggest topic for gay rights this year. Yes Russia had made a very unfair anti-propaganda law that would make being an out gay illegal, telling gays that they better not show anybody how gay they are. Russia used a very sneaky law to do almost the same as Uganda, except Uganda made it illegal to be gay, not only can you not be out, you can not be gay in anyway or know any gay people. You will go to jail for being who you are, and if you are a known gay in prison I do not see you coming out of prison alive.

 

So I created my Uganda Gay Pride Flag to create awareness and to have a resource for other LGBT pride parades.

Please download the UGANDA GAY FLAG by clicking anywhere on this line of text. 

CLICK one this line to download the HEART SHAPED UGANDA Flag. 

 

Please use the Uganda Heart or Normal Gay Uganda Pride flag at your next pride or gay rights rally.

 

Hundreds of people loved my shirt design that me and my boyfriend was wearing. Many other people wore UGANDA shirts and South Africa’s second largest political party the Democratic Alliance (DA) had all their LGBT members wear UGANDA T-Shirts (PICTURE BELOW). My mother and father was also at pride wearing P-FLAG shirts. ( Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays.) My dad and mom have started a Somerset West / Strand PFLAG group on Facebook, please follow them by clicking HERE. I am really lucky to have parents that support me and love me. Me and my sister are LGBT and they give us all the support and love we need to thrive. We all had a great out and pride parade, so enjoy our pictures and remember to keep the message strong, GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!

GAY Uganda Refugee
A mini bus that talks about refugees from Uganda who are escaping to South Africa to be safe.
DA Loves Uganda
DA Loves Uganda
LGBT Friends
LGBT Friends
Gay Pride Eye  Candy, Hunks
Gay Pride Eye Candy, Hunks
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
DA (Democratic Alliance)  Supports LGBT rights
DA (Democratic Alliance) Supports LGBT rights
Mr Gay SA
Mr Gay SA

 

 

LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER

UGANDA LGBT FLAG – Share the message.

On Saturday March 1st a Gay Pride parade will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. After weeks main stream news media focusing on Russia and its anti-gay propaganda laws we need to start focusing our efforts on UGANDA. A new law has made being LGBT a crime in the African country.

I took the original UGANDA national flag and updated the colors to reflect the LGBT flag and the LGBT community living in UGANDA. My flag represents freedom for all UGANDANS no matter what their sexual orientation is.

HERE is a side by side comparison:

LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER
LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER

 

BELOW are two designs, the one has a heart shape, great for t-shirts, and the other the normal rectangular flag shape, great for banners or posters. 

 

LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER
LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HEART SHAPED FLAG SEEN ABOVE (it is in pdf format, small but ready for printing, put it on T-shirts, Flyers, Banners, Posters)

LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER
LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE NORMAL UGANDA LGBT FLAG SEEN ABOVE  (it is in pdf format, small but ready for printing, put it on T-shirts, Flyers, Banners, Posters)

Like my FACEBOOK page, https://www.facebook.com/StephenBekkerProductions , I will be making new LGBT PRIDE material for INDIA, ZAMBIA, USA, RUSSIA etc . Send me request if you need an LGBT inspired design. The Power of Gay .com is my new gay orientated blog, focusing on gay empowerment and education.

FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD and DISTRIBUTE – PRINT IT, POST IT, WHATEVER.

Hope to see this at the Cape Town pride parade on Saturday, for more Cape Town pride info please visit:

http://www.capetownpride.org/

The parade starts at 12 noon, bring your postcards, t-shirts, banners and let us help the LGBT community in UGANDA.

“LGBT RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS”

Get Educated

Financial advice for Artists, Freelancers.

Financial Advice for all the Artist and Freelancers

 

We all see ourselves as artist. We write, we paint, we photograph, we capture and we create. But in the end if we can not eat we can not do any of the above. We must take care of ourselves financially as well as creatively (spiritually). Nothing makes me get writers block like unpaid bills and credit card debt. Most people have day jobs with clear budgets and outcomes. But as a creative and probably a freelancer it isn’t that easy to know how much to ask for certain things.

 

This is where my amazing Internet skills come into play. I have found a FREELANCE price calculator that takes in all your yearly expenses and gives you the rate you should be asking. What is great about it is that it has a break-even rate so that you know what you need to charge just to survive the year, it also has a Ideal Rate which is the rate you should be charging per hour to reach your yearly income goals.

 

So check it out HERE. (click anywhere in this line to go to the calculator) It is FREE!

 

 

Do yourself a favour and make the numbers in your local currency, then head over to www.xe.com to convert RAND or POUND or YEN into US Dollar and see how much you have been undercharging all your friends and family over the last lifetime.

 

Making prices is really hard and this calculator is the best way to make sure you can put not only food in your own mouth but also in the mouth of your family.

 

Hope you liked this post, please share on facebook, or twitter or whatever else.

Get Educated
Get Educated

 

Remember a good writer is a good reader. And a smart writer knows his financial statements. (substitute writer with artist or whatever you be)

Cover page for Parlor Vinyls Shoot.

The Parlor Vinyls Shoot

Cover page for Parlor Vinyls Shoot.

When my friend Niel asked me to take some pictures and video for his awesome band “The Parlor Vinyls” I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Niel’s band is a mix of oldschool rock / blues with heavy guitar riffs and hard hitting drum beats.

It’s a clash between Gaslight Anthem and old school Foo-Fighters. The Parlor Vinyls was rocking so hard they actually caused a power surge that blew some generators at the Cape Town Blues Summit on 30th of November 2012.

I went for a subdued warm style for the photography, I rammed op the focus to make it crisp and give it a magazine style look. Also used white bars to create poster effect. Hope you like the pics.

For the full Gallery click here!

Cover page for Parlor Vinyls Shoot.