The Inspiration Debuting In Porter Robinson's "Shelter"

The Inspiration Debuting In Porter Robinson's "Shelter"

What gives you shelter?

There are countless musicians, writers, and artists out there who find inspiration in other mediums that influence their own work. Even for me, I can definitely say there's a large variety of genres and specific things that have definitely influenced me in my writing and the minimal amount of artwork I create. It's not really so noticeable until you take into account the amount of time, effort, and inspiration that goes behind a piece of work to begin with.

And I believe the best feeling in the world is seeing it all come together into a beautiful masterpiece.

Porter Robinson, a popular American DJ whose interest in video game music, anime, and Japanese culture, is someone who is able to portray these influences within his music. Recently, though it was a really long time-consuming project, Robinson was able to, in my opinion, completely capture what it means to be influenced and how you can use it to create something beautiful. Collaborating with both A-1 Productions and Crunchyroll, Robinson created a short film that totally captures his latest single "Shelter" that he worked on with musician Madeon. Here is the animated short in question which was released on October 18th, 2016:

In short, without spoilers considering it's only six minutes long, "Shelter" revolves around a young girl named Rin and her power of creating virtual realities for herself through a tablet and her imagination. As the story develops, you discover the real reason as to how and why she is able to do this and what it means for her and the rest of the world. This beautifully animated short film took over a year to create with all the time and collaborated effort it took into making it. As someone who frequently watches animated shows like cartoons and anime in general, I found this short film to be very unconventional, but in all the right ways. Let's start from the beginning.

I came across this short film after a close friend of mine had sent me the link to watch it. I knew nothing about it and I was basically going in blind. Though I've heard of Madeon and have listened to a bit of his music, I never knew who Porter Robinson was until this short film. And after getting too emotional for my own good while watching and experiencing this beautiful animation, I think it's safe to say that it ranks up really high in my favorites and has found a special place in my heart.

Now enough about me, I think it's important to acknowledge just how much went into creating this short film. Robinson, who pitched the original story for this short film to begin with, spent at least all of 2016 flying back and forth between his home and Japan to work with the talented artists and producers at A-1 Productions. Using a really hands on approach and different methods not really used in regular animation for different animations, the production team really went all out and put in crazy amounts of talent and effort to create such a powerful story that only lasts about six minutes. It's so nice seeing the amount that went into it and just how much it means to everyone involved. There's also a behind the scenes video you can watch about this process that includes commentary by Porter Robinson himself:

So to all those who feel inspired by so much that's out there, I definitely think you shouldn't be afraid to show the world what you're made of. Share your projects, immerse yourself in them, and maybe you'll also inspire others to do the same.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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8 Affirmations For Every Struggling College Student

You're doing well.


College is tough. In high school, you normally got the best grades and were one of the top students, but in college, everyone seems to be as good or better than you. Here are eight affirmations to remember while you're in college.

1. Just because you’re struggling academically doesn’t mean you’re ignorant or stupid.


2. Just because you’re struggling mentally or emotionally doesn’t mean you’re weak or oversensitive.


3. Your college education is an opportunity for you to enhance your life and challenge yourself to become a better version of yourself.


4. Success doesn’t come easily - it requires LOTS of patience, hard work, learning, perseverance, sacrifice, love, and passion for what you’re doing.


5. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” -Rikki Rogers


6. These challenges in your life right now exist for a reason - they exist to make you stronger and help your character grow.


7. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” -Steve Jobs


8. You’re doing well. Without a doubt, it’s hard now, but in the end, it’ll all work out.


Sometimes, it's hard to adapt to college life because it seems like everyone else has their shaz together, but you're not alone. Yes, it's hard as heck now, school's rough, and you feel like you're behind, but don't worry - you'll get through this.

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