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And Again the Internet IS the place to Distribute Animated Content…..

Now the question becomes how do animators monetize off the internet so it becomes a viable option for a full time job?

Patreon?  Kickstarter?  Adds?  Any suggestions?

Channel Frederator has expanded its digital animation network with over 90 new channels, carrying content from 11 different countries. New titles join established Frederator Studios shows like Cartoon Hangover’s Bravest Warriors from Pendleton Ward and Bee and PuppyCat from Natasha Allegri.

Among the deluge of newly signed partners are up-and-coming animation star Emezie Orakafor (a.k.a. YouTube user Xykes), creator of popular series Porkchop and Flatscreen, and Spanish-language animator Kevin Ramos, who is based in the Canary Islands. With the new channels in the mix, Channel Frederator now boasts 27 million subscribers under its umbrella, and more than 2.6 billion views across its network.”
http://www.animationmagazine.net/top-stories/frederator-signs-90-new-channels/
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We Have Lift Off!! New Demo Launched!!

And Here it is.  Having spent the last 3 years working for a company that produces training manuals and computer based training for the mining industry, this reel really doesn’t have any character animation in it. More of a demo reel demonstrating machines and props that I have modeled and animated.

Now to discuss the real issue….. LETTING GO!  No, not Disney’s Frozen!

I don’t know how many times I have watched this and I still see something that I want to change.  It is a never ending critique and eagerness to put out there the best you can. But if I did that it would never get released. there would always be something to change or add to it.  As my beautiful wife told me tonight, as I was complaining about the lack of character animation in it, that my demo reel is fluid and always changing and being updated.  I have to view it as a living thing, constantly growing and displaying different personalities and characteristics. Some might be good, others, not as good.

And yet, does it demonstrate that I know what I’m doing, that I can use the software to communicate ideas?  Some of these animations have pretty complex models and rigs, and you are only seeing a snippet of the actual animated scenes and movies.  Some of the training material that I animated were 20 – 35 minute pieces that I had to take from start to finish.

I always wonder after I finish a new reel, not if it is good, but if it is good enough?  Let’s be honest here, a reel is to help you get work or a job.  It’s a visual resume.  Over the next few days I will constantly be haunted by the question “is my reel good enough to get me a job or freelance work?”  It’s a question, I’m sure, all creative types have to deal with.  Is it good enough? I might think it is when I get a call for a job or job interview, until then I won’t know.

And here we come to, probably, the most important part, I had a freaking blast making this little minute long beast!!  I felt the passion, the drive, the love for a medium that has always dominated my life.  I have been trying to get my web series “STARFISH” off the ground for a while now. Doing this reel has renewed my lust to see, what I have called, Sponge Bob meets Star Trek in an episodic series. If all goes well, I just might have a few episodes coming out in the near future.

And the greatest joy of this whole experience, was when my 4 year old son, Bane, wanted to sit next to me at the light table so he could “work on his animation with Daddy”.  Maybe, it is just that. That moment when a little boy wants to work with his Daddy and do the thing that his Daddy loves doing. Maybe that is the answer.  Is it good enough to get me a job or work?  I don’t know. However, to that little boy, to have that moment to sit next to his father and share his love and passion, it is good enough.

A NEW DEMO REEL IN THE WORKS!!

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I’m very excited to be working on a new demo reel that will include some new work that I’ve done at PAI inc. here in Tucson.  I’m also going back to my roots and trying to produce some 2D material.  Some test footage from my ongoing STARFISH project.  I’m even contemplating taking the plunge into freelance work.  I image that I’m going to be pretty busy in the next few weeks.  However, I will enjoy it.  I love animating, and getting a chance to produce my own material makes me giddy with joy.

3D Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki from dono on Vimeo.

Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki
Music by Joe Hisaishi

Made with Blender, Gimp, Octane and Natron.

Thanks to Blackschmoll, Boby, Christophe, Clouclou, Cremuss, David, Félicia, Frenchman, Sozap, Stéphane, Virgil !
And Thanks to Ton Roosendaal, the Blender community, the developers of Blender, Gimp and Natron !

dono 2015

ROBB PRATT Interview from The Rubber Onion Podcast

 

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http://www.rubberonion.com/podcast/robb-pratt-interview/

 

Check out this Interview with Flash Gordon Classic Creator Robb Pratt!!  It is very inspirational!! Then go back and listen to the other Rubber Onion Podcasts!  Great information on animation. Positive, funny, and upbeat, these guys are becoming one of the best animation podcasts that deal with independent and professional animation!

 

http://www.rubberonion.com/podcast/robb-pratt-interview/

Flash Gordon Classic

I’m a big fan of the serials from the 30’s and 40’s.  Here is a man after my own heart!! An excellent animation from Robb Pratt. I would love to see this go to series as these shows were so much fun!

Where 2d Animation is NOT Dead!

And more Flash Here…. I grew up watching Filmation’s Flash Gordon. When I meet Lou Scheimer he mentioned that Flash was the series he was most proud of because he grew up watching the classic Serials.

And the original Classic serial:

And let’s not forget this gem…..

CACAni is Released – Goodbye In betweeners

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CACAni Has Been Released!!

 

Finally, the 2D animation software CACAni that in betweens your keys for you has been released!  Compared to other 2D animation software, price wise, it is a steal!  Currently, a promo price of around $167.00 US makes this software a must have.  Made to create cel style digital animation and to increase productivity for the artist, CACAni does some amazing things.  Understanding CACAni’s workflow is important to getting the inbetweens to work right.  Creating strokes in the right order and right direction makes auto inbetweening easy and fast.  The smart paint feature lets you paint one frame and then the software will paint the other frames in the sequence with a push of a button!  There are other tools that make the automation of the animation fast and efficient.  CACAni Amazingly gives the ability for a small number or even one person to create a full feature film!  This software could possible revolutionize the 2D animation industry.  I can see the internet erupt with 2D animation made amazingly fast and with full feature quality, not the “flash” minimalistic quality we have come to expect from animation created for the net.  Get it!  And show the world what you can do, fast and with television or feature film quality!  Then let me know what you think of CACAni!! Go to:

https://cacani.sg/#!/home

 

 

Updated Dark Earth Trailer!!

You need to support this project!!

Check out the Indiegogo champaign here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dark-earth

 

“Dark Earth is a period set ( Edwardian era) Fantasy film that got mainstream cinema rattling. Time travellers create a rocket ship and on a test outing manage to shoot off into space and find a world they mistake for home located several million light years from Earth.

After a very hard landing, the crew of the ship find themselves on an  alien world, populated by monstrous denizens and creatures long extinct back home from the prehistoric age, A tour de force of exciting conflicts scientific marvels , story and an alien race known as the Horidens, become the obstacles preventing  these period explorers in time and space from returning  home and escaping the Dark Earth….”

Support DARK EARTH!!

Support Dark Earth!


 

Dark Earth


Dark Earth


 

I’ve been waiting for this to hit the internet and I’m very excited to support the craftsmen and filmmakers behind this production.  I’ve been wanting a movie like this for a long time and some of the shots already look amazing!  I can honestly say that I have faith in the crew of  Peter Montgomery, Norman Yeend, Kent Burton, Nick Hilligoss, and Ron Cole.  Extremely talented animators and visual effects artists, all!  If anyone can pull off an entertaining visually stunning adventure sci- fi movie it is this amazing crew. Plus the added roll of Kevin Conner, director of some of my favorite films growing up, The Land That Time Forgot, The People That Time Forgot, Warlords of Atlantis, and At the Earths Core gives credibility ( and star power) that this project is for real and will move forward.  If you are a fan of “Dynamation”, stop motion animation, practical effects, and 80’s style visual effects movies (yes, like even Star Wars) then you are going to want to support this movie!

What are you still doing here?! Go click the “Contribute Now” button on the indiegogo page for DARK EARTH!!!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dark-earth-period-set-science-fantasy-adventure

 

Rick and Morty “!@#$ the union!”

Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, Animators Union

Here’s an interesting article on shenanigans happening in the animation industry.  BTW, If you haven’t seen Rick and Morty check it out. Easily, one of the best new animated shows!

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/artist-rights/rick-and-morty-co-creator-justin-roiland-fuck-the-union-103723.html

 

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