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.
OK, so I know my last post on this blog was the end of September, and I have not been doing a great job at finding the time to write my posts. This makes me sad, because I was doing so well for such a long time at keeping up with my weekly posting. I kind of expected as things got busier with the business it would be harder to prioritize the time to write in my blog. I know, these are all excuses. I have been working on a new project which has been taking a lot more of my time then I expected. I thought since I have not posted in a while we are about due for a Company Update post.
As much as I have tried to squeeze in time to write my blog each week, I have found it incredibly difficult to do. The good news is I have not had time to write the blog because I have been busy with new projects I have been bidding on. While many of them I can’t talk about in details, I wanted to quickly update you on what I have been working on.
Lately I have found it rather difficult to keep up with these weekly blog posts, but I wanted to at least give the monthly Eric Miller Animation Aug 2016 Company Update.
There are two things I’m working on with Bink, and the first is getting our writers together to work out the rest of the Bink shorts stories. I want to take the ideas I have for Bink, and work them out with the writers to get a full script and storyboard. I would like to do it in a way we could then break it up into smaller episodes, since I don’t think I have the money to do them all at once.
It is time for our February 2016 Animation Company Update! It has been a busy month, and I feel like I’m juggling as much as I can to keep the company moving forward. I don’t want to bore you with every detail, so below you will find updates on the bigger projects and activities I have been working on.
The major activity with Bink the last couple weeks is we have been doing a lot of work with the music and sound effects. On Monday I received the final music underscore from our composer, Carl Johnson. He did an amazing job of creating different themes, and music for such a short animation. This episode is only 30 seconds, so introducing the different characters has to happen very quickly. I’m excited to see how it will work with the other sound effects.
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 often talk about how you wear multiple hats when starting a company. Well, today I wanted to talk about a hat I have been wearing a lot lately, and this is my Sales Hat.
Have you ever thought you knew a decent amount about a topic only to have an eye opening experience which completely blows your mind? I kind of had this happen to me recently when it came to sales. I have always thought I was pretty good with sales, and had a good understanding of it. Even when I worked at Apple selling computers I was always one of the top in sales at the store. It was often me and Max who would always be competing for the #1 sales person spot.
Happy New Year! 2016 will be our second full year in business, and I wanted to share my New Year’s resolutions for the company. I recently posted how we did with the goals I set at the beginning of last year, and I’m hoping we can accomplish more of our goals this time. Last year I was a little zealous in what I thought we could accomplish in our first full year of business, so this year I wanted to set more realistic goals.
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.
As this month comes to an end it is time for another Animation Company Update! Was always, it has been a busy month, so I will keep this post short.
We have been making great progress with the short, but the crew has been busy with the holidays. This is a busy time a year for everyone, and there has also been bugs going around. We are trying to all stay healthy, and as productive as we can. Things will hopefully start to pick up again in January.