Animator pushes for entrepreneurship at Burbank expo

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The first-ever Creative Talent Network Animation Expo in Burbank this weekend gave industry professionals a chance to showcase their work and learn about new trends, but some took the opportunity to push their colleagues into new territory.

Gary Goldman, who worked with colleagues Don Bluth and John Pomeroy to privately fund and produce “The Secret of NIMH” in 1982, argued that animators needed to ditch studios that seemed reluctant to support hand-drawn projects over the last decade.

Instead, animators should learn how to be entrepreneurs, he said.

Although Disney animation will release its first major hand-drawn animated feature in years this month, called “The Princess and the Frog,” artists brimming with creativity should not leave themselves at the whims of studio executives and should instead take their skills to investors to develop their own projects, he argued.

 

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Written by Zain Shauk

November 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

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