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The Post-YouTube World Will Be Machine-Made

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To get it out of the way right off the bat, I think YouTube is ultimately done for, at least in its current form. The massive scale and complexity of the service don’t bode well for it in the long-term. At least Netflix has narrowed its focus to a fairly small number of high-quality productions, and building a reliable distribution service. YouTube is like a blunderbuss; spewing content in every direction in the hope of hitting the mark. It’s worked so far, but it isn’t going to work forever.

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Jun
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Don’t Rely on Disney if You’re Looking For a Gay Princess

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People have been clamouring for a Disney princess that embodies LGBT traits for some time, but the latest #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign is misdirected, misguided and will ultimately fail to accomplish the very outcome it desires. Why is this so, and why do fans tend to believe otherwise? The answer is troubling and undermines all efforts aimed at increasing representation in the media.

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Has Passive Storytelling Reached the End of the Road?

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Passive storytelling has been around since the dawn of time. It will likely continue to exist until the end of time too, as humans have exhibited the trait across generations and cultures without fail. Storytelling exists today in many forms, and it is in that sense that modern passive storytelling (where the audience merely listens or watches) may be reaching the end of its long dominance of the entertainment business.

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Some Thoughts on Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

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Being in development for some time, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir has been through a convoluted development process that wound it’s way through various countries and formats before finally landing on the kid-friendly, 3-D CGI production we have today. It’s the type of show that’s becoming increasingly rare, but for a variety of reasons that are worthy of discussion.

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Portrait of an Idyllic Animation Studio

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What would the idyllic animation studio look like, and why does it matter?

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Portrait of an Idyllic Animation Studio

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What would the idyllic animation studio look like, and why does it matter?

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Why is it so Hard to be a Fan at Work?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Every fan loves to express their devotion to their favourite show, film, or comic. Now more than ever, they have a plethora of ways of doing so too,…

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Six Questions Every Creator Needs to Ask Themselves

Friday, January 16, 2015

Everyone can create, but should everyone create? Plenty of great ideas never get off the drawing board, and seemingly terrible ones manage to make it all the way…

Independent Animated Features: 10 Questions That Need Answering

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Yesterday, I was treated to a screening of an independent animated feature film called The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead. Written, directed and animated almost single-handedly by Australian Elliot Cowan, it’s a film that I’m still mulling over in my head the next day; a good sign if ever there was one. I’m not going to comment on the film itself just jet, however, the entire project has prompted some questions of my own on independent animated films in general and especially those done by one man bands or very small studios.

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