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The Downside of the Evolution of Artistic Taste

There was a time I was genuinely excited for each new release from major studios and TV networks. Not any more.

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Feb
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More Tough Choices Ahead for Independent Animators

This time last year, I speculated that the ‘You’ part of ‘YouTube’ was about to become as irrelevant as the ‘Music’ part of ‘MTV’. As it turns out, that speculation has turned out to be correct. Unfortunately, the future looks even more gloomy for independent creators for an even more troubling reason.

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

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, which wasn’t always the case. Not only is a wide variety of merchandise available, but it isn’t limited to what’s in the toy aisle either. There is however, one area where current merchandise seems to fail, and that’s when it comes to being appropriate for the workplace.

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Jan
18

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Why I’m Skipping Awards Season This Year

It’s that fabled time of the year, when the entertainment industry gets itself into a tizzy about shiny objects handed out to people for their efforts over the past year. It’s an exciting period to be sure, and the rumour mill is rife with who will win what, and who got snubbed this time, etc. etc. For all the season’s entertainment value on its own though, I’m giving awards season a miss this year, and the reasons aren’t as straightforward as you might expect.

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Jan
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Erin Esurance: A Cautionary Tale of Appealing Characters

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 given suitably contemporary marketing to appeal to buyers. Unfortunately she performed a little too well, and was pulled for a rather embarrassing reason.

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Questions

25 Animation Questions That Need Answering

Friday, April 26, 2013

I pose 25 questions that are significant to the future development of the animated art form.

Will Web Series’ Never Die; Just Fade Away Instead?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

When a TV show gets canned, it vanishes to appear later on cable reruns. What happens to web series once they end and are creators adequately prepared?

Are Realistic Characters Endangered in Animation?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Are characters in animated content in danger of following the live-action trend of portraying characters with traits that could never exist in reality as being capable of existing in real like?

What Do You Know About Programming?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Coming by way of Fred Seibert’s twitter feed is this article by Ben Elowitz on an important topic that I’d never really considered before. It’s basically about programming…

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