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'The Making of a Dream' Episode 1: What Is This Blog About?

Mark Simon introduces his new production blog detailing the history and the production of his latest project, 'Dream Factory.'

Dream Factory is my passion project. I loved it since I saw the first comic pages at the International Museum of Cartoon Art many, many years ago and as we revised and built on the concept it’s gotten even better.

I’ve always loved behind the scenes stories and how projects get made. I also love war stories, so this blog will feature both. I’ve wanted to do this on other projects, but studios are very hesitant to share all the details. I’m not.

The cool thing with this project is that I own it, so I can share anything I want. Anything you want. Just let me know what you want to hear about. I’ll share my mistakes and my frustrations.

Check out my first video blog post below.

So, in the coming months, I’ll share with you what I plan to do with the short and upcoming pitches I get as they happen. I’ll show you my pitch materials, old and revised character designs and why I made some of the changes I did. I’ll even share with you the production diaries of the crew working with me.

In the next blog, I’ll talk about how I found the property and how I made the initial deal with the creator.

So keep checking in. I have a lot to share with you. It’s been a wild ride, and it’s about to get wilder as I produce my dream project, Dream Factory.

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To read other blog entries on The Making of a Dream, go to www.awn.com/blogs/making-of-a-dream-animation-production-blog.

Mark Simon is a story artist and director with over 4,000 production credits, including 44 features.

You can find his storyboard samples online at www.Storyboards-East.com.  He can be reached at MarkSimonBooks@yahoo.com (link sends e-mail).

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