Posted by Charles on December 05, 1999 at 00:22:12:
In Reply to: A Bedtime Story posted by Charles on December 05, 1999 at 00:12:53:
I think this may make some people feel better. Hate to have anyone going to bed unsettled about the future of this industry.
Once upon a time, in the City of Angels(?), there were two groups of soldiers fighting for a prize. One group was a collection of business types. Nice guys, lots of big accomplishments, but they coudln't draw.
The second group were nice guys, too. Only these soldiers drew like nobody's business, except their own.
Both groups approached a very rich company who had lots of money that they wanted to put into animation production. The first group, the traditional business types operating under the same animation business method as before, struck out with the big company. They just couldn't understand why.
Turns out the second group, the ones who could draw, they were the ones that the big company wanted to meet with. As a matter of fact, they got a second meeting with the big company.
Why, you ask? Well, the big company with lots of money said to themselves, "Hey! Why should we fund a bunch of business people who will turn around and higher the guys who can draw? We've seen the way that method operates and we don't like it. The second bunch, why they undertstand business, too. More than the first group. And they understand animation production. Besides, we can trust them to produce some great entertainment. We can work directly with them instead of having someone in the middle to mess things up and waste our money."
This kind of thing is happening more and more, boys and girls. It's called, "building a new business model", and that's a story for another time.
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