Re: Just playing.

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Posted by Jon on April 06, 2000 at 09:36:27:

In Reply to: Re: Just playing with worse case sinerio... (sic) posted by Brian Reynolds on April 05, 2000 at 23:35:12:

: If Radiskull & Devil Doll and JoeCartoon can garner corporate sponsorship and Victor Navone can get noticed by Pixar, then nothing can stop an experienced animation professional from doing the same.

Yeah, Nothing ... except Flash. See, everybody keeps saying "learn Flash" and "it's the way of the future" and so on and so forth. My point is that it's like a master recording engineer giving up years of training on quarter-inch tape equipment so he can learn 8-track technology (for you youngters, that was ANOTHER flash-in-the-pan technology from the early 70's). In the end, a better technology DID finally arise (DAT) but people who got into the "cool, new 8-track scene" ended up wasting their time.

Translating to the computer/internet scene, Flash is MUCH worse than 8-track technology.

: All this requires is a desire to court the internet audience. And you can do that simply by creating something which entertains yourself.

Honestly, you can ask anybody at StarToons: I have been trying to get our cartoons on the web for two years solid! My most computer-literate employee thinks it's amusing that his boss, essentially the most technologically backward person in the company (have you guessed that? I AM a cave man!), is still the one pushing the HARDEST for technological advancement. But when I ask for technical advice, it comes back, essentially: "Scrap the $150,000 investment you made in producing that cartoon and re-do it in Flash, which will take you another year to learn. It may look crappy, but it will be in terms we can deal with."

Why can't I just transfer my cartoons' .YUV (TV-video) files to a Quicktime format, and then stream them to the consumer from my FTP site? Why should I stop and redo everything as Flash-Crap?

I am a little reticent to give up the ability to produce GOOD cartoons and take up hamster dancing. I am having trouble enough dealing with the concept that Joe Consumer actually PREFERS a hamster dance to a proper cartoon. Actually, I don't believe that's the case - it's just as you say, he wants something new to look at.

I believe the internet will be THE ultimate source of information AND entertainment, eventually. When that day comes, there will also - necessarily - be better softwares available.

Keep your standards high, is all I'm saying.

: > But the reason the technical stocks crashed yesterday is because everybody has figured > out that none of them are making REAL money yet. It's all pretend money. Monopoly > money. The stocks were full of air, instead of gold.

: Being a pioneer means risking the chance of breaking down out in Dodge City. Sometimes your ventures succeed, sometimes they flounder. But the biggest success will come from those who *were* the pioneers and not those riding the coat tails of a proven method. After seeing and experiencing the shoddy employment record of the current animation industry I'm left to wonder how much worse it would be to become a full time interent entertainment pioneer.

I have been dedicating myself to reviving the American TV animation production industry for the last 12 years. It's a lonely battle, but I don't believe it's lost yet. I know it must be hard for unemployed animators to wait. I wouldn't be able to.

See, in Asia, there's no talk of learning Flash. They have a huge, thriving animation community. WE need that. I'm talking where animators can get their footing - straight out of school - in a cheap, fast-production atmosphere (and NOW we gotta talk about those Union salaries), and thereby receive invaluable training and experience, which will serve them well as they move on to commercials and features. Salaries for those types of productions should be as high or higher than they are now. It not only CAN happen, we need it to happen. Unemployed animators can't make it happen, and that's what makes it frustrating.

: > But have happy thoughts, people! Animation - REAL animation - isn't dead yet. We
: > can and should be proud of our skills.

: Absolutely! I'll go one further and say that the time has never been better to remind the world just what real animation can be. And it sure as Hell isn't some jitty-bopp'n infant or spinning rodent. I'm looking forward to celebrating a future which embraces the past.
: Onward!


: -Brian

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