As this will be my last blog post in 2016 I wanted to do a Year in Review of how this year has been. Many of these things we have gone into greater detail in past posts, so this will just be a quick overview of the year. Overall it has been a great year. We got to work on some great projects, and I got to attend some really exciting events. The business was profitable, and we did a lot better then we did last year. I’m very excited, and looking forward to what we will achieve in 2017.
I started to set Resolutions each year of the goals I want to accomplish within the coming year, and then review how I did at the end of the year. In January of this year I wrote my resolutions in the post titled “Eric Miller Animation’s New Year’s Resolutions“. Check them out, or just look below to see how I did. It seems I need to try harder in 2017 if I want to get a perfect report card
I set the goal to finish the first 30 second episode of Bink this year. While it took a little longer then I expected we were able to finish it in June of this year.
As this will be my last post this year I thought I should do a 2015 Year-End Review of how the year went. This year was the first full year in business, since 2014 I was only in business for half the year. I would like to take a look at where I was at this time last year, and compare it to where I’m at now to see what I have accomplished.
The report card for this Year’s Resolutions which I set at the beginning of the year in the post “New Year’s Resolutions for an Animation Studio” is not the best report card I have received. While some of my priorities have changed I thought it would still be fun to look at the goals I was aiming to reach for this year as we come to the year’s end. While I didn’t achieve as many goals as I hoped I still feel this year has been a huge success. Just don’t show this to my parents since I might get grounded. LOL
It’s time for my November 2015 Update to let all of you know everything we are working on. I’m really good at keeping myself overworked, and extremely busy. No matter how productive I am each day I never get to a point where I feel I’m caught up. You may have noticed from my failure to post to this blog each week that I have not been able to keep up with everything. While continuing to write weekly posts is very important to me sometimes I’m just not able to find the time in my schedule. So while I might not post every week please don’t give up on me and this blog.
Eric Miller Animation Studios Facebook Page has reached 3,000 Likes! Thank you to all of you who have liked us on Facebook, and have shown your support! Building our social network is important to me, because it is the easiest way for us to share what we are working on. We are in progress on our first CG animated short, and we are excited to share it with as many people as we can once it is finished.
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I wanted to give everyone a June Update on everything I’m working on with the company. Although I don’t currently have any client projects I’m working on I’m still pretty busy with many other tasks. Here are some of the things I’m currently working on.
I mentioned in an earlier post I was working on a CG animated short. We are making progress with it, but have been taking our time to make sure it looks great. As I write this we are working on the design of the main character, as well as brainstorming the set location. To keep costs down it will be in one simple set that we can reuse for the different episodes. Once we finish the character design phase we will start modeling the character, and then rig it for animation. At the same time we work on the character rig we will also be surfacing it.
As I mentioned before when running your own business you often have to wear many different hats. The hat that I have been wearing the most lately is my marketing hat… specifically the advertising one. You might be thinking to yourself that marketing and advertising is the same thing. Although they are often thought to be two words that describe the same thing they are in fact different.
Eric Miller Animation Studios Facebook Page has reached 2,000 Likes! Thank you to all those who have liked us, and have joined me on this journey.
This last week I have been doing a lot of work on updating my website, and putting a demo reel together. It has been a while since I have used DreamWeaver to make a website, and it is proving to be much more difficult then in the past. Granted I normally did not try and do anything special or overly complicated with my website design as I am doing now. I want my website to be simple and clean in the design, but I want it to have some more advanced features under the hood. For example I want it to look great on all platforms, so no matter if you are looking at it on a desktop or mobile phone you will still have a great experience.