“Two heads are better than one,” “The more the merrier,” and “Team effort” are a few ways to describe HitRecord, but even that is an understatement. Typically when you read a book, see a movie, or look at artwork, there’s only a few creative minds that actually go into the final piece. Imagine the result if thousands of creative minds had input to one idea…that’s what HitRecord.org is all about that that’s why it’s this week’s Wednesday Website We Love.
HitRecord is a collaborative creative production company where artists of all kinds can publish their work and build upon others’ work. You can share artwork, music, writing, animation, video, graphic design, photography…pretty much anything creative that you can upload to the site.
One way to collaborate is to find something that inspires you and download it. Then, you add your own “spin” to the piece and upload it. From there, others can do that same to your work. Not all collaborations work well, but if you keep an open mind, one piece can transform into something amazing that you never would’ve thought of on your own. If nothing else, it can at least expand your creativity.
Another way to collaborate is by adding to a topic. For example, “Campfire Stories” is a collaborative book where people can upload their own campfire story or an original illustration for a story. The final product is an eclectic book of the best scary stories and illustrations selected from hundreds of creative minds.
The website was started by actor Joseph Gordon Levitt and his brother, Dan, as a way to get feedback on their own videos. The site eventually opened up to the public and is now the popular stomping ground for people in the creative community.
So what’s the point? One of the main purposes of this company is to select the best pieces of work and produce them. As the director of HitRecord, Joseph chooses which collaborative pieces get published. So if you think of HitRecord as a movie, only the best makes the cut. Also, if you contributed to a published piece in any way, you get paid for your part!