DO YOU HAVE AN AUDIENCE?

The question of the day is do you have an audience? We will look into this question with some examples of anime that dared to be different, including Aku no Hana and Real Drive. The answer for you as an indie creator may be a very different story than it is for the big studios! Read More...
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MORE ANIMATION TESTING

I have been doing a good bit of animation testing recently. Read More...
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THE CHINESE ARE TAKING OVER

I was recently watching the epic, summer blockbuster Independence Day Resurgence. Of course, as with many huge budget Hollywood outings these days, Read More...
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WHY 2D ANIMATION WILL EVENTUALLY DIE

I want to talk about why 2D animation will eventually die. Read More...
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INDIE CREATORS ARE DOING IT!

The technology is here. It has been for a while. Writer/Director Julian Herring decided to make use of it to bring his own dreams to life. Read More...
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IS 2D ANIMATION REALLY DEAD?

The question, is 2D animation really dead? There are some cases, and some places, where this may seem to be the case, Read More...
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CAN GAME ENGINE RENDERING HELP YOU MAKE YOUR OWN SHOW?

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of informative videos to help creators on the road to getting your project done. Read More...
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BUILD THAT MOMENTUM

Here is why you have to build momentum well in advance of the release of your project. Read More...
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STUDIO GHIBLI TOONZ SOFTWARE RELEASED FREE!

The animation production software Toonz, developed in conjunction and used by Studio Ghibli, will be released Open Source on March 26th. Read More...
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SOMEONE IS DOING IT!



With so much content out there on the Internet today, it is extremely rare to come across something that actually impresses. Recently, I came across something that did just that. Featuring a very creative mix of 2D hand-drawn animation, 3D cel shaded work, and 3D VFX, this work is one of the most amazing independent projects I have seen coming up in a very long time.

The creator, who goes by the name of Daetrix, posted to the Black Science Fiction Society Facebook group saying:

"I almost never let my sci fi anime out for public viewing due to a few people telling me "Black people don't like science fiction" This labor of love is based on my life and bouts with Sleep paralysis and lucid dreams. I joined a few groups in hopes to find like-minded folks to share it with. "

So why am I so impressed with this? Well, one of the things that stood out immediately for me, was the sheer creativity behind this. Most independent projects out there, including some of mine I must say, are just rips of things that already exist. They just want to copy anime, or Marvel comics, or other properties that we have seen before. That is not the case here. This project is showing some amazing imagery which is really new for our industry.

This creator is also following a true independent path. Rather than jumping on the bandwagon of major publishers, he is looking to forge his own road. Hoping to find like-minded people in order to share his talent with, he has set up a page on Patreon. You may remember that I spoke about this service in the Chaos Retro video. This lets creators connect directly with their fans and receive support for their creative endeavors. This means that artists can create what they want to create without editors and publishers telling them how to do it. You can see his Patreon page here.

Seeing this has definitely motivated me to do more, push harder, and be more productive in my own efforts. How about you?

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