I think now is a good time for our animation company update for this month. I have been crazy busy, and it seems like we have had a lot happen since last month.
Work on Bink slowed down during the holidays, but we are now moving along nicely. We are still testing fur on Bink, and trying to figure out how to solve all the technical difficulties involved in getting it to look right. We are finishing up the surfacing on the lab environment, and moving quickly on the animation. We are now at a point where we can record all final dialogue, and start working on sound design and the underscore.
I wanted to share with all of you the first 6 seconds of the short as a little animation teaser. A little perk for reading my blog. Everything is still in progress, so temp SFX, no surfacing or lighting, and animation is only blocking. We are getting closer every day, and I can’t wait to share more with you.
We started a project for a client at the end of last month, and we have been busy working on it. I can’t share details about the project, so for now I will call it “Project-MMM”. Jared White wrote the script for us which the client loved, so he is now working on storyboarding the first episode. We have also been working on the character assets, and the first character is almost done in modeling, surfacing, and rigging. Animation is already starting to do test poses with the character, and we hope to show storyboards and character model to the client on Tuesday.
Our crew includes:
Jared White – Writing/Storyboarding/Editing
Linda Kurgpold – Modeling/Surfacing
Nico Sanghrajka – Rigging
Jim Richardson – Layout/Animation
Benjamin Liska – Lighting/Compositing/Rendering
Another project I can’t talk about details is what I will call “Project-HIWB”. It is a project I recently bid on which sounds like it would be a really fun and interesting project. I sent my bid to them yesterday, so I’m waiting to hear if we will get to work on it or not. Please keep your fingers crossed for us!
Social Media Marketing Coordinator:
In a previous post I mentioned I was looking to bring on a Social Media Marketing Coordinator. Well I was able to find someone who I’m very excited to have onboard, Brittany Potter. You might have noticed more activity on my social media sites, and that is due to Brittany’s work. She will be helping with growing my social media network, reaching out to potential clients through social media, writing weekly blog posts(on the company blog), and sending out quarterly Newsletters. She only started with me last Friday, so she is just getting warmed up. I have to admit it is a little odd to see posts from my company which I did not personally write. Her first blog post will be coming out tomorrow, and it will be about her joining the company as the Social Media Marketing Coordinator. To subscribe to the company blog head over to milleranimation.com and find the “Newsletter Signup” button at the bottom of the page.
This last Tuesday we had our 7th monthly networking mixer, and this was one of the biggest ones so far. We had around 25 people sign in, but I feel like there was a good number of people who never signed in. We had a good mix of people who ranged from those who have been in the industry for many years to people who are still in school. One of my favorite parts of this last mixer was seeing an animator who has over 20 years experience giving priceless feedback to a student who was sharing his work.
Keep an eye out for the mixers each month, and try and make it out if you are in the LA area. Join our Facebook Group to be invited to the mixers each month.
Producers Guild Awards:
This Saturday my wife and I are going to the 27th Annual Producer Guild Awards. I attended the award show last year by myself, so I’m excited to get all dressed up and go with my wife this year. What is everyone’s predictions on who the winners will be?
Well, I believe that about covers everything I have going on. It seems like things are getting busier every month.
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