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73726. Crowd-Funding Animated Shorts

The Pig Farmer

The crowd-funding path for short filmmakers is finally gaining traction, and established filmmakers are experimenting with the concept. Throughout the years, various filmmakers have toyed with the idea of funding their films in this fashion, mostly by soliciting Paypal donations, but the gamechanger has been new websites that are dedicated solely to facilitating crowd-funded projects. The two most prominent sites being used by animators right now are IndieGoGo and Kickstarter. There is a difference between the sites: IndieGoGo’s fundraising period continues indefinitely, whereas Kickstarter has a 90-day fundraising period and if the artist doesn’t meet their monetary goal, all the money is returned to the donors.

Last month on Cartoon Brew, I linked for the first time to a crowd-funded project, The Future. Expect to see us doing a lot more of this in the months to come; crowd-funding is a major development in how animated shorts will be funded. Right now, I anticipate the concept will work most successfully for filmmakers with a proven track record, like Nick Cross, who set up a page on IndieGoGo last week to fund his next short The Pig Farmer. Nick has made numerous animated shorts over the past few years (The Waif of Persephone and Yellow Cake among them) and all of them without any outside funding. Backers of his project will feel confident that they are investing in a name brand who will get the job done.

There’s also the stop-motion short Line by Justin and Shel Wagner Rasch. They’re asking for $2500 and are already halfway there. The Raschs have two things working in their favor. First, they’ve already posted an animated clip from the film that gives funders a clear sense of the type of work they’re helping them produce:

Additionally, they’re offering unique perks for funders at different levels, including actual puppets used in the film and a chance to attend the music recording sessions. As crowd-funding takes off, it’ll be fun to see the creative goodies that different filmmakers will offer their fans.

A point that needs to be made is that the Raschs and Cross are obviously spending more money on their films than they’re asking for, but at this nascent stage, modesty isn’t a bad plan. Crowd-funding is in its infancy, a natural by-product of the growing intimacy between artists and their audience. The most successful filmmakers of the future will be those who grasp the increasingly intertwined relationship between creator and consumer, and recognize how best to take advantage of this new connectedness.

Addendum: After I wrote this piece yesterday, I caught up with my blog reader and noticed that Aaron Simpson at Cold Hard Flash has also recently written a piece about crowd-funding. It appears that we were both spurred to action by the news of Nick Cross’s project, and we mention a few of th

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73727. Two Weeks Southwest.


I got all of you a gift for my birthday (it's what we hobbits do)! Click on this link and you can download my 80 page sketchbook journal, Two Weeks Southwest. I drew it day by day during the trip in 2004.

Here is the link: files.me.com/chuckdillon/f55hoa
The password is: heston
Available for download for: 7 days (until February 17, 2010).

Before you read it please be aware:
1. That the compressed file is 25MB.
2. That I am considered to be a zealot in some circles.
3. I believe in the second law of thermodynamics.

Thanks and have a great February 10. We are snowed in.

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73728. Food & Art from Thailand :)




best drawing desk ever :)
constantly eating, constantly drawing

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73729. Sophie Blackall: Missed Connections


Thursday, December 31, 2009
- m4w – 32
You had on a furry hat with ear flaps and you crashed into me at Wollman Rink today. You are a terrible but adorable skater.
Happy New Year!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday (hatch your plans now!), I thought I’d direct you to illustrator Sophie Blackall’s charmingly conceived, adorably rendered Missed Connections . Ms. Blackall scours NYC’s Missed Connections website and deftly illustrates the messages that catch her fancy.

She says it better: “Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.”

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73730. elephant nature park part 1

I think I said it in an earlier post, but to reiterate: Elephant Nature Park = best week of my life. Not exaggerating one bit.
I mean, just look at how much I laughed with one of the elephants. She was really funny. Clearly.

did anyone else just hear that? no? just me? :)

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73731. I'm back from touring SE Asia!


For 6 weeks I'm staying put in the Philippines until I hop on a jetplane for Japan & Singapore in April. Tough life, right? The month solo backpacking trip was amazing and I finally have pictures to prove it! What better way to kick off the sharing than with food & art ;)

Malaysia:

roti & teh tarik

abc (their shaved ice)

chicken & rice

roti bom

cendol (with a floating person for garnish)

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73732. Writing - Reading - Drawing


I was pleased to finally see this magazine piece in print from High 5. Somehow I thought it was already out about a year ago... so I guess I'm out of touch with time.

Drawing: a delightful story about a mouse and a squirrel. Now that's my kind of crowd scene.

Listening: to my iPod whilst out biking, walking and jogging

Reading: a totally captivating book, 'The Private Lives of the Impressionists' by Sue Roe. It's a fabulous history and total eye opener. Somehow I never realized that the impressionists were continually starving artists for most of their careers. This book is marvelous in detailing every incident of their struggle as artists. Amazing incidents like the time Renoir was about to be shot by a firing squad during the commune uprising after the prussian war in Paris. He was saved because he was recognized by one of the revolutionary leaders who had rescued him years earlier in the woods. Renoir had once lent this revolutionary activist a painter's smock and easel so he would avoid capture. It was sheer coincidence that Renoir was recognized and given a hero's welcome instead of the firing squad.

This book is an amazing true story of artistic struggle in the face of grinding poverty. I liked how the impressionists so often escaped to the woods and nature to find solace... as all good artists should.

Writing: a delightful new picturebook dummy. Just my cup of tea.

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73733. So many sketchbooks!

I went through four in the one month traveling. Kiiiinda ridiculous! I do double them up as diaries but still that's a lot of content. Sooo many feelings & thoughts!

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73734. 5 Questions

I answer 5 questions from Roger Sutton in the new issue of Notes from the Horn Book...



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73735. Morning visitor

I was checking my emails while having my very important morning coffee when hubby told me we had a visitor upstairs.








It was a little bird trying desperately to find it's way out. For some reason this has happened before several times. There are lots of birds around my house. I love my garden and have a bird feeder, lots of flowers and of course there is the mango tree that they love.




So I slowly tried to catch him until he gently accepted my hand and then I let him fly free. What a beautiful feeling that is.


This isn't a first for me. Me and little birds go way back. ;o)





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73736. Illustrator and Designer Alé Mercado on Facebook

 
  
  
There's an edge to Alé Mercado's illustrations. His work conveys emotion through gritty texture, aggressive, bold line-work and uncluttered, well-organized page structures. Some of his work is reminiscent of Edvard Munch and the Expressionist prints of Kirchner and Pechstein.

 
  
Alé is also no stranger to typography. In some of his work he incorporates different typefaces that compliment his illustrations nicely. And Alé uses color sparingly, which is another element that adds to the atmosphere and intensity of his work.

Alé's Facebook page displays a good amount of his designs and illustrations. He also incorporated an Events tab which offers a list of upcoming events.

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73737. Still MIA

Well, after taking some time away from the ol' blog because of my father's passing, now I have a new-born daughter to think about! Funny how life goes...Hopefully, I'll be back in action soon. I certainly have plenty on my mind—book reviews, writing concepts and conundrums, more awesome illustrators to share, etc.

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73738. Big eyed puppies for a dollar!


Advertisement from inside a Women's Household Magazine July 1970.

Lovable puppies with all-too-human expressions to bring decorating dash to livingroom walls or spice up a children's room with. They've got instant appeal and create a feeling of warmth and joy.
The artist, Coby, seems to know exactly the right touch to make these irresistible paintings spring to life.

These were printed by Colonial Studios and i would have been the first to send in the order form for these adorable puppies. The orderform also mentions in bold letters that the offer will not be repeated this season. I guess that means the offer also won't be repeated in 2010? A girl can dream..

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73739. Evenings with Authors: Adriana Trigiani


Adriana TrigianiSex and the City meets Moonstruck… sly, sensual and dripping in style.” – People Magazine

What a combination: sex and romance and humor–all wrapped up in everything that bestselling author Adriana Trigiani writes. And she’s coming to Columbus as one of Thurber House’s Evenings with Authors event.

You won’t want to miss hearing and meeting Adriana on Wednesday, February 17 when she reads from her brand new novel, Brava, Valentine, the second in a trilogy that began with the huge New York Times bestseller, Very Valentine.

Brava, Valentine’s leading lady, Valentine Roncalli, is now president and designer of her grandmother’s Angelini Show Company. Though Valentine is a strong businesswoman, family and romantic relationships knock her off stride.  A trip from New York City to Buenos Aires unearths a family scandal, and places Valentine torn between a past love that nurtured her, and a new one that promises to sustain her.

Brava ValentineTrigiani is the author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series and New York Times bestselling novels Lucia, Lucia, The Queen of the Big Time, Rococo and Very Valentine. She has also written a young adult novel, Viola in Reel Life, the first in a series about a 14-year-old filmmaker, Viola Chesterton.

She will speak at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, Wednesday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are going fast so order yours today! You can order tickets online at www.thurberhouse.org, or call (614) 464-1032 ext. 11.

Adriana Trigiani is a proud supporter of Feeding Body & Mind. For her event on Wednesday, February 17th, Thurber House will have a donation box available for you to donate your new or gently used books. For more information, please visit the Feeding Body & Mind website. Thank you for your support.

Love Adriana Trigiani? Share your favorite book, story, or recipe below!

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73740. Dinotopia in China

Fantasy Art Magazine, the leading professional magazine in China for the imaginative arts, has just published a 10-page portfolio of Dinotopia artwork.

The recent book Journey to Chandara, features some of China's exciting dinosaur discoveries, such as the Microraptor from the Liaoning province, and great discoveries from the Gobi desert, such as Protoceratops and Oviraptor. The interior of of Chandara's Imperial Palace was based on the historic photographs of temple interiors by John Thomson. (1837-1921)

Dinotopia books have been released in China in three different translated editions. Happy New Year (Year of the Tiger, Feb. 14) to my friends at Fantasy Art Magazine.

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73741. Samples: “Valentine’s Day Disaster”

It being the week before Valentine’s Day, I have a few illustrations that are in the February 2010 issues of various kids magazines. In the February 2010 issue of Highlights magazine, I did the spots for “Valentine’s Day Disaster”, written by Michelle L. Brown. I used a loose line work a watercolor wash for this [...]

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73742. Love + Crush



I've donated a drawing to a local show and auction happening here in St. Louis, on March 12th at Mad Art Gallery. The proceeds from the show will benefit the American Heart Association. (Great poster by Mr. Dan Zettwoch!) The theme had to be love or crushes, and after searching the archives, I found a drawing I did for Men's Fitness a few years back about "How to Fall For a Bad Boy." Hope to see you at the show!

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73743. Big eyed puppies for a dollar!


Advertisement from inside a Women's Household Magazine July 1970.

Lovable puppies with all-too-human expressions to bring decorating dash to livingroom walls or spice up a children's room with. They've got instant appeal and create a feeling of warmth and joy.
The artist, Coby, seems to know exactly the right touch to make these irresistible paintings spring to life.

These were printed by Colonial Studios and i would have been the first to send in the order form for these adorable puppies. The orderform also mentions in bold letters that the offer will not be repeated this season. I guess that means the offer also won't be repeated in 2010? A girl can dream..

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73744. IF-Muddy

Who doesn't want a wonderful Mud bath. :)

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73745. Alice and the Gryphon : stages

When I decide to photograph the progress of a piece, I inevitably forget I'm doing that and the spaces between photographs widens the longer I'm working.

Nevertheless, I managed to get the highlights of making my first piece for Curiouser and Curiouser : Inspired by 'Alice In Wonderland'






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Alice and the Gryphon. 8 x 10. Watercolor.

This weekend I'm set to begin the set of three small portraits that will accompany this piece.

I'm very glad

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73746. reading...

Sunday evening, I was working upstairs on my computer and my attention was drawn to the sound of my husband's voice- rhythmic and soft and realized he was reading out loud to our girls. My curiosity peeked, I listened more carefully trying to distinguish what he was reading from- for the list was long. He has been reading to them from the time the first was still inside me. Not concerned if I was myself was listening or was fast asleep, nestled in bed, he read Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Farmer Boy" to my belly.
When they were toddlers, he never insisted they sit still or stay even in the same room, looking down from our loft, I can still see him there on the couch, the older, snuggled close, the littler one toddling around, with her pappy in her mouth, dragging her blanket around, poking at the dogs or playing but also listening.
His reading list is long and I highly recommend it- for it is made up of the greatest authors of all times and are the stories that influenced me to be an author and surprisingly are not often discussed in the blog-o-sphere- where the watch is for the new writing- but these are the stories that have managed to stick around for a bit- maybe we should ask ourselves why?



Jon's List
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Shakespeare
Greek Mythology
Kipling "Jungle Book", "Riki Tiki Tave"
"Pilgrim's Progress"
Charles Dickens
Frances Hodgsons Burnett- "Secret Garden" "Little Princess"
Mark Twain
Norman Maclean
You can find many children's editions of the more heavy fare- giving a taste of something they will hopefully want to go back and read more of later in life. I would add a few authors that he isn't much interested in-
Jane Austin
L.M Montgomery- "Anne of Green Gable"
Jack London
"To Kill a Mockingbird"


















 

And if you are wondering- when I finally snuck downstairs- he was reading Macleans' "A River Runs Through It", with our 16 and 11 year old, curled up on each side of him.
So, what are the classics you love?

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73747. Greek Women


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73748. Sophie Blackall: Missed Connections


Thursday, December 31, 2009
- m4w – 32
You had on a furry hat with ear flaps and you crashed into me at Wollman Rink today. You are a terrible but adorable skater.
Happy New Year!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday (hatch your plans now!), I thought I’d direct you to illustrator Sophie Blackall’s charmingly conceived, adorably rendered Missed Connections . Ms. Blackall scours NYC’s Missed Connections website and deftly illustrates the messages that catch her fancy.

She says it better: “Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.”

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73749. elephant nature park part 2

Sketches galore! Never have I drawn so much! Everywhere I turned there was an elephant so naturally, I had my sketchbooks within reach always. They're such beautiful creatures... so wrinkly & surprisingly fuzzy (especially the babies!). I felt like a Disney animator for the Lion King doing practicing for the opening sequence.

more to be uploaded later! (yes, there's

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73750. How To Use A Semicolon

I love this series of comics! Anyway, check out the latest: How To Use A Semicolon.

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