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Fresh from the Festivals: December 2005’s Reviews

Taylor Jessen reviews five short films Workin Progress by Gabriel Garcia, Benjamin Fligans, Geordie Vandendaele and Benjamin Flinois, The Mantis Parable by Josh Staub, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Michael Sporn, Juan el Tintero (John the Inkerman) by Edwing Solzano and Ichthys by Marek Skrobecki. Includes QuickTime movie clips!


“Watch… Read… Listen… Ask:” Advice From Those in the Pitch

By Jan Nagel | Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 12:00am

Creators of animation are so passionate about their ideas they sometimes have blinders on and try to pitch it to just about everyone. The mistake most make is they feel their show is perfect for all networks. They know that Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel will want it. This is a BIG mistake!

Knowing what the networks are looking for is the most important part of developing a show. I cant just develop something because I love it or think it is a good idea or even because I think the merchandising is brilliant and will generate billions of dollars, says Bill Schultz, co-ceo, MYP/Taffy Ent. Those are all important. But, one of my key questions is where am I am going to sell it in the key territories? Schultz should know. He is a veteran of development, having worked at Cartoon Network on Ed, Edd and Eddy and Courage the Cowardly Dog, along with his work at Film Roman on The Simpsons, King of the Hill and Garfield and Friends. As a partner at MYP/Taffy, he has been successful in selling the show, Pet Alien, to Cartoon Network.


Fresh from the Festivals: November 2005’s Reviews

Taylor Jessen reviews five short films Backbone Tale (Une Histoire Vertebrale) by Jeremy Clapin, The Curse of the Voodoo Child by Steven Woloshen, Meeting Me (Wie Ich Mich Traf) by Angela Steffen, The Mysterious Geographic Exploration of Jasper Morello by Anthony Lucas and Perfect by Sally Arthur. Includes QuickTime movie clips!


A Most Rare Vision: The Many Dreams of Winsor McCay

Taylor Jessen looks at the load of recent releases celebrating the art of Winsor McCay, including the reissue of John Canemakers Winsor McCay: His Life and Art, the comicstrip collection Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays and the Winsor McCay: The Master Edition DVD.