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Filipino Firm Boasts Inexpensive Quality Animation

Grace Dimaranan, managing director at Filipino animation firm Top Peg Animation and Creative Studio Inc., has said her company does not need much money to produce quality animation, reports INQ7.net. Recently, the firm produced the award-winning educational and family-oriented animated film, TUTUBI PATROL, which was co-produced with Gecko Prods.

"You really don't need much to produce animation," Dimaranan told INQ7.net.

She said that Top Peg spent around nine to 10 million pesos (US$174,000 $193,000) for a 13-episode production of TUTUBI PATROL a relatively low-cost compared to "Disney-like" animation productions.

Though foreign outsourced projects still remain its chief output, the company has been producing its own IP. The firm is set to release another animation production, titled JOBERT, which is aimed at the teenage audience. The budget for the project is 12 to 15 million pesos (US$232,000 $290,000).

"Outsourcing is still our bread and butter. What we're doing [with TUTUBI PATROL and JOBERT] is to promote Filipino talent," she added.

"You have to have a clear vision and intent before you start producing animation. After that, you should come up with a timeline. Once you go through that, you now work on your budget and resources," she said.

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