I hope you are all enjoying your Halloween today. It is my wife’s favorite holiday, so we always have a great time celebrating it. This will also be my son’s first Halloween, so this year it is extra special.
This has been a pretty eventful week for the company. Our biggest client has asked us to deliver some commercials earlier then we originally planned, so we had to start staffing up. We now have a team of 9 after effect artists(maybe 1 more), and 1 CG animator. This team is now bigger then my modeling team I had at DreamWorks Animation. I’m excited about bringing on our first animator, since my company has not actually done any animation work yet. So getting to do some animation is really exciting for me. I’m also really enjoying the VFX world, so it is great getting to work on something that combines the two worlds.
Also because of the size of the team I’m bringing on a production coordinator to help support the growing team. I met with one of my interns from when I was at DWA, and she agreed to come on and help until we finish the project for a month or so. It will be a huge help having her on the team, and she will help free up some of my time.
I also talked to a good friend of mine that is interested in doing more producing for animation. He loves the creative part of producing, and working with artists, but not as excited about the business side of things such as dealing with contracts and taxes. We talked for a while, and came up with an idea that would help both of us. He will work as a producer for my company, and will help find new clients. When he brings new clients in he will produce and manage the project. My company will hire all the artists, deal with all the contracts, and provide production support for the project. It will also be done under my companies name, and when looking for clients he can use my companies name and reputation to help bring in bigger clients. Then after all project expenses are paid we will each take a percentage of what is left. I think we are going to give this a try to see how it works. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with such a smart, driven, and genuinely great guy.
Well, that is pretty much it for this week. I currently have the one big project that we are about half way through, and two other projects that are still in the negotiation stage. Speaking of if you are or know any great motion graphic artists please send me a message. I’m looking for couple motion graphic artists for one of the projects I’m bidding on.
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I hope everyone has a great Halloween. Stay safe, dress up, go to a party, or watch some scary movies.
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