Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Secrets of the visual effects and animation businesses...

In the 106 years since Georges Méliès produced his amazingly ambitious film Le Voyage dans la lune, it's fair to say that the crafts of visual effects and animation have come a very long way. During my years of working in the film and television production industries, I was very surprised to learn how important these often complementary areas often were in the grand schemes -- and since I began representing LA visual effects company a52 in 2000, I've gained even more appreciation for the deep talents of the best artists, producers and entrepreneurs who handle these magical feats. Things have undoubtedly changed a lot since I graduated from the University of Central Florida's Film School in 1990, but back then, I was surprised at the huge gulf of knowledge that stood between my education and what was happening in the real world. Whether you're currently a student, a recent graduate or perhaps just a hands-on, multi-talented and resourceful person (like Georges Méliès himself), if you are interested in getting the inside scoop on precisely what's happening inside these thriving niches of the production industry, I highly suggest that you sign up for two upcoming webinars being offered by Studiodaily.com and Studio/monthly magazine.


These two seminars -- the first, on The Business of VFX, is set for Tuesday, Sept. 30, and the second, on The Business of Animation, is set for Wednesday, Nov. 19 -- will share all the inside information on how to successfully operate as a freelance professional or as a business in these areas. I can tell you from first-hand experience, the producers of these events have thought of everything a person would need to know to be in business in these areas, and lined up some of the most knowledgeable owners of high-profile businesses to share their experiences and insights. The cost of signing up is $55 for one of $95 for both webinars, and they offer a free copy of Digieffects Damage software for signing up. Check it out...