TAR-thewayforward

I have been working full-time on this and freelancing for the past year–Resigning my day job at the end of 2013. It has been scary, humbling, exhilarating, depressing, gratifying… all over the map emotionally.

While I was able to create the first short by myself, I also realized that it would have gone faster working with other artists, and it probably would have been even better…

I realized that I have a lot to learn when it comes to distribution, or pitching, or fund raising–or just getting people to watch it for FREE on YouTube! Yet I look at my poster of TAR on the wall, and I know that I can’t give up…I’ve wrestled with the idea of trying to do it as a graphic novel, or something easier for a solo artist to pull off, but I think that is just that familiar fear of failing….

True, I’ve proven that I can create an animation! It isn’t as polished as it could be, and I had to cut some corners, but, I did it. I have been in a kind of creative drift since uploading “Marked for Death“… I guess that I just thought that if I finished it, that people would see it and then somehow I would be successful/validated/loved? I dont know..It’s kind of crazy. The after-birthing of a huge project seems to take as long as the delivery!

Now I’m ready to continue, to take it up a notch, to bring my (our) dreams to life. I want to create an Open Studio where other aspiring artists an animators can join this project.

I believe that an open project like TAR of Zandoria is the hope and future for the Animation:Master community of artists and animators. It isn’t about just software.. an Open Studio creates the ecosystem for the artists to collaborate, for newbies to aspire to learn, for mentors to coach, for the software to gain subscriptions, There is something in it for YOU, whether you are a modeler, rigger, animator, programmer, or fan!

Since I have no funding up front, I have to figure out how to divide royalties among what are essentially co-creators of the final product. Whether YouTube royalties or DVD sales every participant has a stake in what we will create.

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2 comments

  1. I think you could make this with a team. This would be my example:

    Award yourself 20% of the royalties off the top for being the sole creator and overseer of the project

    Then count yourself again as another member of the team for any work you do in modeling, animation and rigging and a reward system on a point scale for the work. Same for any member of the team. At the end of project divide up the royalties base on the points that each of the member earned from the remaining 80% and minus advertising and promotion cost.

    I would also set up the jobs that are needed by skills:
    make a application questionaire with self evaluation and video examples, that they submit so you know their strength and how to use them efficiently.

    http://my.smithmicro.com/anime-studio-webinars.html

    check out that video has great advice in getting started methodically.

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    1. Yes, I’ve been giving it a lot of thought…I believe that the lessons learned on the Tin Woodman of Oz project will serve us well. I will recruit crew for each episode–so it won’t have the kind of burn-out as TWO, since they are shorts

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