The Unusual Release Schedule for Sailor Moon Crystal Will Set a Precedent

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This week sees the highly anticipated Sailor Moon Crystal series begin broadcast. Besides being an entirely new version of the original manga (and not a remake of the original anime), it’s also notable for eschewing traditional licensing-based release models, but interestingly, is not embracing the ‘all you can eat’ type that has defined web-based media. Why might that actually be a good thing, and could it be a model for others to follow?

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The Courtship of Animation And Comics is Getting Ever Closer to Marriage

Friday, June 27, 2014

Animation and comics have always been somewhat related. The latter is, after all, a more polished version of the storyboard for the former. Using one as the inspiration for the other is a long-standing practise dating all the way back to the Fleischer Superman shorts of the 1940s. Tie-ins are nothing new either, being around at least as long as shorts but only really hitting their stride with the advent of television. So how do things stand today? Well, the relationship has become ever closer and could even be considered a full-on marriage.

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Kickstarter Projects Will Result In LESS Animation Being Made

Friday, June 6, 2014

No really, hear me out. I’ve waxed lyrical about Kickstarter projects before. I think it’s a great tool for the independent animator/producer who’s project is perhaps a bit too risky for a serious investor. Some great projects have found backing through it while others have stuttered to a halt despite 6-figures in backing; not naming any names. Yet Kickstarter could actually result in less animation being made. That sounds mad, right?

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The One Surprise From the Cartoon Network Upfront

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Although the recent Cartoon Network upfront presentation (they still have those?) didn’t reveal any major surprises as far as programming goes. Two new concepts and surfaced. The first is that the network is now ‘Always On’ but given the previous iteration of the idea, my money is that you have to be a cable or satellite subscriber to access. Boo. The second is a bit more interesting and is another attempt by an established network to figure out the teen mindset.

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The Kells Conundrum

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Secret of Kells is a fantastic film and easily one of the best made in recent times. It’s highly original, dripping with beautiful animation and stands up to countless rewatching. On the surface, it appears to be the perfect animate feature, so why has it been so hard for it to find the same kind of commercial success that say, Frozen can (outside of the obvious reason of throwing hundreds of millions at it)? I call it the Kells Conundrum and it’s a concept we’re going to discuss today.

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The Creators of The Nut Job Open an Incubator For New Ideas

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It seems that the world and his dog is jumping into animation right now and while some are floundering, others are making a decent go of it. One…

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What Next Media Animation Gets So Right

Friday, February 7, 2014

You’ve probably already seen at least one of their videos, you know the kind. If something gets the ‘crazy Taiwanese animation treatment’ it’s guaranteed that Next Media Animation (NMA) are the ones behind it. So the animation itself isn’t going to win any awards, but what does the company get so right that they might?

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WAKFU: Using Kickstarter Wisely

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kickstarter is a service that continues to enjoy a lot of popularity among filmmakers and entertainers. One of the main reasons that people turn to Kickstarter is to help fun the actual content. That carries a certain amount of risk though, so it’s always good to see someone using Kickstarter to fund something other than the animation, like what WAKFU is aiming to achieve.

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Why Is Animation Like Software?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Software seems like a funny thing to compare animation to, doesn’t it? After all, one is mostly recreational and the other is, well, mostly utilitarian. Yet there are many common traits between the two, especially now that both are expected to be given away for free. Thankfully, someone has already figured out a way to make money from software.

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Violet, Viber & Animating A Character

Monday, December 9, 2013

Communications software maker Viber have created a character called Violet. Here’s a discussion of how she could be successfully animated.

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Creating Content From the Indepdent’s Perspective

Friday, December 6, 2013

A look at creating content from the perspective of an independent animator and how they go about doing it.

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