Making an Animated Short: The Space Base 8 Story

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I’m proud to present my animated short, Space Base 8. This post gives a bit of background on it and how it came to be.

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It’s Finally Time to Ignore the Hype

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hype and excessive hype surrounds animated films these days. It’s an endless parade of marketing strategy and clever psychological tricks that leaves audiences constantly in a state of…

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How YouTube’s Algorithm Stifles Animated Content

Friday, September 9, 2016

YouTube’s algorithm isn’t a friend of animation as of late. Changes announced a few years ago created a storm of protest from creators as they realised their revenues…

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Petulant Fans As Investors: The Ugly Side of Crowdfunded Content

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Is the relationship between creators and fans today a healthy one? Has the new closeness made things ever more personal? Kickstarter and other crowdfunded content are coming under…

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What’s With Disney’s Push Into Luxury Fashion?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Traditionally, the twin concepts of Disney and high-fashion being mentioned in the same sentence would have been laughed at. Low-grade, mass-produced, and with mass-appeal are what defined Disney…

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It’s Time to Kill Off the Strong Female Character

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

We’ve been clamouring for them for years, but now that we’ve finally got we wanted, it may actually be necessary to kill the strong female character off.

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Why Brexit Will Shatter the British Industry’s Resurgence

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The British animation industry was pulled back from the brink by subsidies, but now it faces a far bigger and more insurmountable challenge: Brexit.

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Has Passive Storytelling Reached the End of the Road?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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…

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Erin Esurance: A Cautionary Tale of Appealing Characters

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Erin Esurance was a mascot created to sell that most exotic of products: car insurance. She was a radical step away from the more traditional mascots and was…

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Connect With Fans, but By All Means, Maintain A Distance

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fans and fandoms are recurring themes here on the blog, and for good reason. They form an essential, and ever more critical part of a successful cartoon or…

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More Than A Few Reasons to Like Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

Monday, October 5, 2015

The third feature-length film centered on the Equestria Girls spin-off from My Little Pony is about to be released on home video and, well, I have conflicted feelings…

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