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.
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.
Is it really almost November? This year has been flying by, and will be over before we know it. I guess that is what happens when you are having fun? This year has been a very busy year with running the business. I feel that I’m learning new things everyday, and there is always challenges to overcome. To me the challenges are part of the appeal of running my own company. There is no roadmap that will work for every company, and it requires you to constantly readjusting your strategy. Below is a quick update on some of the things I have been working on lately.
Is it really October already? Wow this year is flying by. I’m already starting to see Christmas advertisements online and in my email inbox. I have not been doing the best job at posting every week. It is challenging to find the time to think, let alone write a post for my blog. I will do my best to keep posting, so I thought I give you all a quick update on what is going on.
This week I started updating our freelance artist roster. Animation is a team effort, and requires a highly skilled, and highly trained crew of artists, technicians, and production staff. The larger studios with deeper pockets tend to have more specialized artists that work on a very specific part of the production pipeline. Think of a factory where you might be responsible for the same task on the assembly line. A large animation studio would have artists that are specialized in character animation to be the animators, or specialized artists to do all the modeling of characters, props, and set pieces. Each step of the pipeline is done by artists who are specialists in that area.
When I was younger, and decided I wanted to start my own animation company I wanted it to rival Walt Disney Animation. You have to love the naive imagination of a young boy. I might not have given up on those dreams, but the reality of the difficulty of the goal I set is more apparent.
Around this time a year ago I knew I was planning on leaving my job at DreamWorks Animation, and my last day was quickly approaching. I had been trying to figure out the best way to start my company, and I finally had a plan. It might have been a shot in the dark, but it at least had a chance for success.
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Realigning the priorities of Eric Miller Animation
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I have been thinking a lot about how my skills have changed over the years, and the difference between understanding and ability. I feel that I now have a much greater understanding of artistry and design, but that I have lost much of my ability to create art. I have learned a great deal about art from working with and observing such talented people over the years, and this is why I have a greater understanding. At the same time I have lost my ability to draw and paint, since I have not been doing it. In the past if you handed me a pencil and asked me to draw something I would be able to do it, but now I would be a bit rusty.
It’s a new year, and a fresh start. In the past a new year was simply trying to remember to change the last digit or two when writing the year, but for the most part little changed. With the business it seems to be much more abrupt of a change, because of the way things are setup with the IRS. Closing out your books for the year, sending out 1099’s, and getting ready for taxes.
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New Year’s Resolutions for an Animation Studio
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I would like to get in a habit of doing an internal review of how my company did at the end of each year. It will be my opportunity to see what I have been able to accomplish in the last year, or not accomplish. Things can get pretty busy while running the day to day of a business, and it is easy to loose track of where you are, and where you are going. By looking at where you have gone in a year’s time you can get a better idea of how things are progressing, and see if you are heading in the right direction.
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2014 Year-End Review: The First 6 Months of Running an Animation Studio
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