Hello from Sofia, Bulgaria. I’m here for the 4th Annual Golden Kuker International Animation Festival. More about the festival, shortly.
Global Animation Talk with IACG
Last month marked the third edition of the AniMazSpot Festival in Glendale, California. It’s a small, non-profit boutique festival that celebrates the best animated short films from around the world.
Surprise, surprise back at 30,000 ft flying from London to Los Angeles after a super quick trip to the UK and Ukraine.
Bill Dennis reports on South Korea's Gwangju ACE Fair and the wave of animated projects flowing into China.
The Jilin Animation Institute is an incredible undertaking. It’s now celebrating over ten years of operation. The student base is over 10,500. That’s NOT a typo. 10,500 students.
Surprise, surprise - I’m not at 30,000 ft. as I write this latest blog but on a high-speed train, traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg in Russia.
Aside from the very favorable financial picture of creating indigenous animation films, you’ll find it personally rewarding. It’s great to see the faces of children light up when they see a character from their own culture on the screen instead of an old episode of Popeye or Tom & Jerry. It’ll give both of you a sense of pride.
Within various Asian countries, millions of dollars are being spent to build elaborate facilities to house the next generation of media production. But who will use such facilities?
It’s critical that an international team be formed to lead your project right from the beginning. As the story and characters are developed you must have folks who are knowledgeable about what will and what will not work in the West.
I’m in the UK having recently returned from attending the Cannes Film Festival, followed shortly thereafter by the Annecy International Animation Festival. These two events, both in France, separated by just a few days, are the premiere festivals in the international calendar for live action and animation respectively.
The growth of the Trans-Pacific animation production pipeline has created business opportunities for animation communities both in Asia and abroad.
A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, I POSTED A BLOG ON PRODUCING FILMS BASED ON INDIGENOUS STORIES AND CHARACTERS. I PROMISED TO FOLLOW IT UP, SO HERE IT IS
I’m returning from two days spent teaching a program at The Animation Workshop on producing independent animated feature films and the particular challenges of doing so in Europe.
Glasses raised. Toasts made. Handshakes. Smiles. Photo Ops. It’s the culmination of yet another animation deal being signed in Asia. I tend to appreciate what I call the Asian Way of conducting business.
Bill Dennis talks about important steps in the process of putting together an indigenous feature film production, from story to distribution.