View Full Version : CTN Animation eXpo Videos
08-19-2010, 07:00 AM
I don't know if this has already been posted elsewhere but I thought I'd post the link anyway just in case. It's a series of video interviews from the CTN eXpo with various professionals from the industry including a 47 minute interview with Don Bluth and Gary Goldman! Especially love the part where Don is talking about having a studio right in your home. Pure inspiration!
08-19-2010, 05:19 PM
Good stuff. Thanks for posting.
Owen and myself had the pleasure of being in the front row for Don's panel! Great getting to see it again.
Great to be able to see the panels I missed.
03-21-2011, 01:40 PM
Love this video interview with Don and Gary. Very inspirational.
Another interesting panel is "The Studio Has No Walls: The Virtual Production Model" - http://vimeo.com/15062334
(although I prefer the model that Don and Gary talk about : having continuity where a crew of talent is kept on-staff, working from movie-to-movie. This is a better artistic model in my opinion, because it allows a TEAM of artists to develop their skills to the highest level over a period of years)
03-21-2011, 03:07 PM
Great interview. I chuckled a little at the bit when they talked about why people shouldn't have to move to Germany to work in animation. Well, I am in Germany, luckily working in animation even though it's very slow right now, but if I got the opportunity to work in animation in America, even if it was 'just' an equally good and equally well-paid job, you better believe I'd do it.
Phrogger mentioned in another thread that to get a job with, I believe she mentioned Nickelodeon, you're better off moving to LA first and then applying - of course, for someone like me with a European passport and place of residence that's a little more difficult. If in LA they thought I could do something for them but found a person with just an ounce more talent and an American passport (of which I'm sure there are thousands, both with the ounce of talent extra and the passport) - why should they go through the trouble of getting me a work visa and wait for me to move halfway across the world if they could hire the other person a lot more hassle-free?
So - as I see it there are three solutions. Number one, I get so good it would pay for an American employer to go through all the legal hassle and get me there. Number two, I find an even better animation job in Germany and make my big bucks there. Or three, I start my own thing.
Well, from where I'm standing all three tasks are daunting but to me the first option seems to be the most feasible. Making and selling animation in Germany is as hard as anywhere and I admire our management for having played that game for decades and still sticking with it.
The predominant notion in Germany is that the only things to be made into animated TV productions or feature films need to be as child-compatible as possible and should have garnered some success in another medium already. Which means that most mainstream animation 'made in Germany' is adaptations of children's books. That's not an inherently bad thing because it depends in large parts on how well the execution is, but to do something really daring on a larger scale is next to impossible to find funding for here. That is a bit depressing, not least because what's missing in Germany more than in European countries like, let's say France with its rich comic book culture, is the understanding of animation as an art beyond sheer children's entertainment.
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