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musicguy
03-28-2008, 02:06 PM
Hi, I thought fellow animators here may be keen on knowing what it takes to actually get an animated series funded and produced in today's market.

I am sharing some experience I've had raising funds to get animated series green-lighted by investors and broadcasters.

http://blog.media-freaks.com/8-steps-to-producing-a-cartoon-series/

Please digg it and submit it to bookmarking websites if you find this article to be of value to you. I would also appreciate it very much if you leave your frank comments on my blog site.

I would be happy to answer any questions you might have too.

Kind regards,
Aldric
http://blog.media-freaks.com (http://blog.media-freaks.com/)
http://www.media-freaks.com

Ikaria
03-28-2008, 03:10 PM
missing 1 & 2 of eight, otherwise looks good :)

musicguy
03-28-2008, 05:43 PM
Hi, did you find the article useful?

Ilive
03-28-2008, 05:49 PM
1. Decide on a theme and the foundation of your cartoon series (http://blog.media-freaks.com/8-steps-to-producing-a-cartoon-series/#)

Easy enough!

2. Think of the different characters that would make up your cartoon series
Done

3. Engage a good cartoon scriptwriter to develop a pilot script and a set of synopsis based on your theme and idea
Without saying! :)

4. Get a good design or animation house to design a set of characters for your cartoon series

Here is the one problem area. In some cases if not most cases this will take a lot of money. If you look here even on this board so many people are not willing to collab at all due to the high ideas but not going anywhere factor leaving them burned. How did you overcome this hurdle? I know how I overcame them but how would others overcome them.

Step 5 goes without saying

6. With a character bible, you can approach an animation house and ask them to produce a teaser or a pilot episode based on the series

Do you have a list of animation houses looking for projects and who would produce 3-5 minutes without the 20,000 dollar a minute price tag at the least?

7. From here, you can take two routes. The first route would be to approach a distribution company.

This one I liked. Very useful for me. I thought of this before but passed it up. I'm going to revisit this idea. Easiest way to find them for folks reading this is find the type of film you want to produce. Go look at films similiar to your film and find out who distributed it. It's as easy as looking on the back of a DVD box and doing a Google search. :)

You should not sign any contract at this point because you canít guarantee production of the show yet. You should instead ask for a letter of interest from the distributor. With this letter of interest you can approach investors to show them that a distributor would take your show.

Here in lies the problem. Where do you find these investors? How do you look for one? Is there a place you can go to find one? How did you find your investors? Who do you approach and take it to?

Very good approach. I'd love to see you expand. Your sight is now one of my favs!

musicguy
03-28-2008, 06:22 PM
Hi Ilive,

I will try to answer your questions. Please do Digg my article if you like it as I would love for more people to read it :) Also, do leave me a comment on the blog if you don't mind sparing the time.

Here is the one problem area. In some cases if not most cases this will take a lot of money. If you look here even on this board so many people are not willing to collab at all due to the high ideas but not going anywhere factor leaving them burned. How did you overcome this hurdle? I know how I overcame them but how would others overcome them.

Actually, there are many studios who want to do their own short films but can't find the right story. If you are a good story writer, arrange to speak to some animation studios whose works you like. Drop an email asking if the studio would consider working together with you to develop your story and concept graphically. But before you send any of your ideas, draft up an NDA and request that the studio signs it.

Do you have a list of animation houses looking for projects and who would produce 3-5 minutes without the 20,000 dollar a minute price tag at the least?

There are 2 ways to go about this - the non-paying way and the paying way. If you really do have quite a neat looking character bible and the concept is dead solid, chances are an animation studio somewhere is bound to want to option it to produce it into a pilot at their own expenses. Of course they will then want to to control the management of the property,etc. All these are negotiable but always remember, the one coming up with the cold hard cash talks. The trick is to look for an animation studio which produces their own cartoon series instead of just being a service company. There are plenty. I might do a research and collection article of such studios one day when I have the time :)

The 2nd way is you pay - price varies from country to country. I have assess to US, UK, India, China, Taiwan and Singapore animation studios. Obviously US and UK are untouchables due to their high cost (and they sometimes re-farm the work out to India and China). It depends ultimately on your budget and what level of work you are willing to settle for.

Here in lies the problem. Where do you find these investors? How do you look for one? Is there a place you can go to find one? How did you find your investors? Who do you approach and take it to?

Investors come in many forms.
- Government bodies (Singapore, Canadian, Korean and Australian governements all have schemes for investing into animation)
- Angel Investors - It can be anyone. I met one of mine on a plane on a business trip!
- Venture Caps - These are the toughest, because they want to invest in businesses, not projects.
- Banks - In some countries, banks are willing to give you a loan based on letter of interests from reputable distributors
- Businessmen Who want to Enjoy Tax Breaks - In some countries, businessmen are able to enjoy tax breaks through investing in animation (I won't mention what countries due to sensitivity)

The list goes on...just be creative. For us, it was a combination of government, angel investors, and our own money.

Mediafreaks 3D Animation Blog (http://blog.media-freaks.com/)

Mediafreaks 3D Animation Studio (http://www.media-freaks.com/)

AikoWorld
03-31-2008, 12:51 PM
Verry interesting answers, thank for questioning them Ilive and thanks for the answers musicguy.

I`ll have a read on your blog later today,

musicguy
04-01-2008, 03:27 PM
Hi Aikoworld,

Thank you for your kind post.

I am receiving a lot of enquiries regarding this topic via my personal mail actually.

I thought that it would be better that I could mass-share this information with everyone else, and I have thus set up a page on my blog to answer to anyone who may have questions on this topic.

Please feel free to visit http://blog.media-freaks.com/invitation-to-ask-questions-regarding-getting-a-cartoon-series-produced-and-funded/ to drop your questions here.

I will endeavour to answer them to the best of my ability.

DaddyMack
04-11-2008, 07:25 PM
Hi guys, I've taken up Aldrics' kind offer and we've started discussing a project I've been chipping away at here (http://blog.media-freaks.com/rob-mack/). He's so far right on the money with his advice and I recommend this site to anyone interested in developing their own cartoons etc

musicguy
04-13-2008, 04:29 PM
Hi DaddyMack,


Many thanks for your kind words :)

Kind regards,

Aldric

Mediafreaks - 3D Animation Company (http://www.media-freaks.com/)

Mediafreaks Blog - 3D Animation Blog (http://blog.media-freaks.com/)

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