Posted by Charles on October 26, 1999 at 00:01:08:
In Reply to: To make us more independent posted by Kris Nicholas Sych on October 25, 1999 at 16:17:28:
First of all, it's not an easy thing to do. Regarding the posting you refer to, the friend that I mentioned matched up with someone who could help him in a completely serindipidous way. The financier loved animation and had been previously involved in financing live action motion pictures. My friend on the other hand, had previous experience with animation start ups initiated by typical pseudo-producers. He was also very well connected with a variety of individuals who had projects in development. One thing lead to another and a business relationship began to form.
Sometimes, you have to string together dentists. Other times, you do your best with the resources at your disposal, getting enough work done to entice capital. In virtually every instance that I am aware of, the venture started by virtue of the creative initiative of the animator and or creator.
Look at how Don Bluth got things going with "Banjo the Woodpile Cat" in the 70's. It was a garage operation with a group of fellow animators from Disney. Another success story is Big Idea Studios in Chicago. Started out small with a good idea that attracted capital. In each instance, the creators were producing animation on their own before the big money came in.
I posted a message a few months ago about a simple way of financing a project - credit cards. Buy digital production equipment with credit cards and transfer the balance to new cards that offer low introductory rates. That's one way of getting things going if you're serious, but you have to be careful not to let it get out of hand. Partner up with friends who can help you get the project done. Get footage together and start showing it to others. Build excitement, keep it moving forward.
All this is much easier said than done of course, but hopefully it will provide some incentive. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to get your project up and running. Nobody else will do it for you. Walt Disney started out making little cartoons on his own, saving nickels and dimes from delivering papers in Kansas City. When people see what you're doing, they'll be inclined to stop pulling teeth for a minute and plop some money down.
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