By Jason Hood, October 23rd, 2011

New York-based creative professionals take note! Odds are, you’re familiar with 3rd Ward, the massive workspace in Bushwick full of all sorts of resources, supplies and classes for any creative project that interests you, from woodworking to filmmaking. And if not I just told you the gist of it, so there you go.

But aside from being a great place to learn, create, and promote all sorts of great DIY projects, their newest addition now also makes it a great place to work. Dubbed a “coworking space,” it’s a modern, bright, airy office designed for collaborating as well as solo work, full of shared desks, personal workstations, conference rooms, plenty of brand new iMacs, free wifi and printing, and of course, free coffee. All of it’s designed for any smart creative freelancer, startup or telecommuter who wants to have a place to get their work done while networking with other like-minded people. You can even meet clients and have business mail delivered there.

At the heart of all of this, though, is collaboration. The nice thing about 3rd Ward is that it provides the perfect environment for creativity: step inside and you’re surrounded by people in all sorts of different crafts from all sorts of different backgrounds, and everyone has ideas flowing. A graphic designer may not realize they can get inspiration from a welder until it happens, and these sorts of things happen all the time at 3rd Ward.

And of course, we wouldn’t recommend anything unless we’ve seen and experienced it ourselves; 3rd Ward has given Workbook Project a space to shoot at least one RADAR episode, and we also partnered with them for Inside Design as well.

Learn more about the new coworking space HERE.

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Jason Hood a recent graduate of the University of Texas, he once co-produced Local Live and The Austin Sessions, a radio-slash-TV show and webseries, respectively, that focused on Austin’s famous independent music scene. He’s also directed a number of 16mm short films, and had a diverse and bizarre series of paid jobs ranging from librarian to travel blogger.

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  • I definitely agree - especially with the second step.

    Though the cross-media is wide open with opportunity, I think it's important for aspiring crosswriters to study and grow an intimate understanding of basic screenwriting before venturing into such a large undertaking as cross-media storytelling. The obvious reason is reflected in indy film; because independent film has become so accessible, filmmakers aren't taking the time to learn how to tell a great story on the page, and therefore the sea of independent film has become watered down with mediocrity.

    Here's an amplification: Writing a feature-length screenplay as an amateur screenwriter is what designing and drafting a skyscraper more impressive than the Empire State Building is to an aspiring architect, and Writing a cross-media project as an aspiring crosswriter is what designing and drafting an entire city more impressive than New York City is to an aspiring architect.

    So it all comes down to the second step. Read up. Study screenwriting in its basic form, and grow an understanding of what makes a great story before setting out for with a cross-media project ... screenwriting, after all, is just one of the many parts that can make up a cross-media project.

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