If Video Brequendo can do it why can't I? Make a living off IP.

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  03 March 2013
If Video Brequendo can do it why can't I? Make a living off IP.

I noticed a great deal of posts talking about this studio closing and that studio closing.
Truth be told layoffs abound in the VFX industry with the close of so many studios, some being among the best of the best.

There are other posts about developing IP and creating your own way in the world.
And there is a lot of talent who could probably do something on their own venture.

It has been proven time and again that entire series or movies can be made by a small team and does not necessarily take years and years.

And then you have this.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SJKlfitrEM


and then folks who make this



Thing is Video Brequendo has been in business for years. Someone is making a living at this place.

Question is how? And how can we tap into that?
I mean the theory is that most folks here are better than anything these guys put out.
It is possible to create a feature length, series, comic, game or other.

From a business aspect what can we do with our IP once it is created?
 
  03 March 2013
I knew a guy who had similar success with such movies called A Cars Life 1/2 he had his own little production company called Spark Plug Entertainment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iPTlOgInY0

He wanted me to help him out a few years back, however for personal reasons it wasn't good timing. That said; he did make me quite a generous offer for the fee, so guessing he had success with the first of the two films.

I know that his family were amongst the actors; i believe the voice over for one of the main characters was his son lol despite the business model of clearly ripping off other IPs, it does seem to drive quite a lot of success; be it you might end up selling your soul to commercialism just a little!

I recall in producing the above, he brought together a few 3d artists, which i understand were found on Craigslist and such sites.

All said; I showed the above trailer to a 5 year old some time ago, and he thought it looked pretty cool and didn't really understand, or even care about the whole business model. In the end; its entertaining for kids, one less guy off the streets making a somewhat honest attempt at a living and providing work for a few freelancers.

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  03 March 2013
A friend of mine was asking tips for a STAR WARS fan film, and I suggested he make one about a gang of Klingons riding speeder bikes and arriving at Mos Eisley....

I told him: "Once you allow the image of Biker Klingons from Space to show up.. you can take it anywhere it would be almost its own original!"

He didn't do it.
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  03 March 2013
Quote: I knew a guy who had similar success with such movies called A Cars Life 1/2 he had his own little production company called Spark Plug Entertainment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iPTlOgInY0 He wanted me to help him out a few years back, however for personal reasons it wasn't good timing. That said; he did make me quite a generous offer for the fee, so guessing he had success with the first of the two films.


So how did he sell enough copies? Where did he go to sell? How did he find an audience?
 
  03 March 2013
i don't know too much about how he distributed the DVDs, but he had a deal with a few US stores such as Target and a few others. They might have appeared on Netflix at some point too.

Dave
 
  03 March 2013
Quote: IMO, being in business just for the sake of business may not be the best of the ideas. Most of us started because we were inspired by great stories and art. Why would we care if business does well, but we as artists and storytellers remain thirsty and never grow. As a business model (specially in current scenario) it can definitely work. And it doesn't hurt to look for such options. Probably it's more of a matter of personal view.


Not for the sake of business but for the sake of making a living doing what you love and creating your own stories.

I mean if Brequendo can do a whole business that employees folks and is still in business with crappy animation how can a great artist, with original IP make a living or even a small group make a living off their own stuff.

Anyone know what the Netflix deals are like?
 
  03 March 2013
Quote: Why would we care if business does well


That's a little bit of romantic thinking there that doesn't really lean in a positive direction we care because it has the potential to put food on the table, and provide an honest income for ourselves and those we care about. It's also a challenge to accomplish a complete product that can generate an income.

There's art for the sake of personal enjoyment, and then there's commercial art. The two require very different way's of thinking
 
  03 March 2013
Quote: Thing is Video Brequendo has been in business for years. Someone is making a living at this place.


IMO, being in business just for the sake of business may not be the best of the ideas. Most of us started because we were inspired by great stories and art. Why would we care if business does well, but we as artists and storytellers remain thirsty and never grow.

As a business model (specially in current scenario) it can definitely work. And it doesn't hurt to look for such options. Probably it's more of a matter of personal view.
 
  03 March 2013
Originally Posted by redCigarette: IMO, being in business just for the sake of business may not be the best of the ideas.


It's working for most of Hollywood producers.
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  03 March 2013
Originally Posted by LuckyBug: It's working for most of Hollywood producers.


Yes but those are more business savvy than your average artist (especially Hollywood producers). Artists are known to have poor business judgement (in general), thats why they get taken so much advantage of.

Also, lots of wannabe producers fail in Hollywood, most probably more than those that succeed. Its just you dont hear much about those cases (thats for a big part why they failed).
 
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