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.
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.
This will be a short post, since my time has been extremely limited lately. I wanted to take a moment to talk about my experience with creating the sounds of Bink.
While I love music I have never really had a lot of experience with it in regards to production. Which made these recent experiences very interesting to me. I was very lucky to get to work with some extremely talented people who could make beautiful sounds from my unclear thoughts.
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.
This last Saturday evening my wife and I attended the 43rd Annual Annie Awards which was in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. I could tell you about who won what awards, but you can find that out in many other places like here. Instead I want to share my experience of attending to the Annie Award show.
I have never been to the Annie Awards, so I figured I would get general admission tickets to check it out before investing in the VIP tickets another year. Before I was able to get tickets the attorney for Eric Miller Animation Studios, or as he calls it EMAS, said he had two extra VIP tickets and wanted to know if I wanted them. Free VIP tickets are always a better option, so I quickly said yes.
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.
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.
Last week I attended The World Animation and VFX Summit which was held at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. While it was my first time attending it was actually the 4th year the summit has been held.
I have been to a few different conferences now, and I found this one to be very interesting. The reason I found it to be interesting was because its attendees were mostly producers, executives, and/or founders of animation companies, so all the discussions were geared towards topics I was interested in. Most events I find are either for artists in animation, or producers in live action films, but not producers for animation.