Who is Char?

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We moved to Michigan in 2014 and fell in love with the scenery and the people. In 2016, we attended a Keuring event, which is a judging venue of Friesian foals, mares, and stallions. We were awestruck. We had only admired the horses in movies and were overwhelmed by their beauty up close. As spectators, we had tons of questions about the horses and the event and found the community willing to educate us. While talking to owners we soon learned that there was a need to support them and others in the equine industry with digital marketing and video support, so we’ve made that our mission.

We both love horses, we love road trips and we’d been looking for a way to work together. Seemed like a match made in heaven. SO, here we are, pooling our talents and passion, along with friends in the creative and tech industries, ready to support those in the Equine industry, starting with our Friesian friends.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tips, tibbits and other animation news

Today as my husband and I drove around Virginia looking for that ideal community to build Studio Kinate (It was too cold to get out of the vehicle), I thought about various things that have been helpful to me as I grow in the animation industry.  So, decided to use this blog entry to share links, information and other tibbits of interest to animators.
Festivals:  How I keep track of the festivals
The best tool (and Larry Lauria introduced me to this) is Without a Box.  It is now part of IMDB, so it is even better. But in short, it is a place where you can setup an account and then add projects.  You are able to setup "wait lists" that will trigger reminders for the festivals you are interested in submitting projects to.  Now, it isn't foolproof (not ALL festivals are members).  But it is a great tool.  Their link is: www.withoutabox.com .

The Trades
Gearing up in the industry means a lot of hard work, research, networking and more research.  I have signed up for a number of trade newsletters, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Kidscreen and Cynopsis Kids are among my top four but I also get them from AWM (Animation World Network), Women in Animation and others.  I try to read anything that has to do with animation.  I also use IMDB Pro to check out what is happening at studios.  Another couple of resources is Box Office Mojo and Who's Buying What, help me keep track of box office results and what is being pitched/produced.

This can be a long list, but for me (a producer), the best books have been:  Producing Animation by Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi; AND, The Animation Business Handbook by Karen Raugust.  Producers and animators alike will find Animation from Pencils to Pixels by Tony White a great overview, The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard William and Character Animation Crash Course by Eric Goldberg.  Last but never least, Illusions of Life by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas.

I think that is enough for now, if you have questions related to animation, please feel free to post a question.  If I don't know, I can direct you to the people who do. In the meantime, let your imagination be unlimited!

1 comment:

  1. You should consider attending the film markets. You will gain invaluable knowledge and will be able to talk directly with distributors about what is selling worldwide. The must-attend are:

    American Film Market (Los Angeles)
    Cannes Marche du Film (France)
    European Film Market (Berlin)
    MIPCOM (France)
    Florida Film Market (Miami)