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- 22 August 2010 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
One of the most common questions/comments I get is "Look at all of the great animation shorts out there. Why aren't those companies doing more and what makes you think you can?" Wow, there's a lot in that but I can answer that with one simple, hyphenated word: short-sightedness. These companies spend so much time working on a beautiful piece of animation that they either lose sight of the big picture, or they are just incapable of achieving the goal. And that is to create great characters with an interesting story-line that can hold people's attention for 90 minutes. I get sent links to dozens of great animation work like The Lady and the Reaper or Pigeon: Impossible (which has the potential to be more) and The Passenger which took the guy 8 years to develop. Now, I give Chris Jones all the credit in the world for his dedication. But why not spend that time developing great characters and a captivating story-line that can be turned into a wonderful movie. Or, why not do what Stateless films did with A.D., a soon to be made animated zombie movie. They poured their resources into making a trailer for a movie that hasn't been produced yet. It's wonderfully done and shows the potential for what the movie could be like. They get it - but then again, these are film makers and not an animation company.
Now, I'm not saying that there is no place in this world for animated shorts. They win awards and they can be very entertaining. But as long as that is all that a company is interested in doing, then that is all they will ever be. I also really enjoy these animated shorts and hope that these independents don't stop making them. They are wonderful pieces of animation and most of them are very entertaining. In some cases, they lead to bigger and better jobs for the animators themselves, so they are not without just cause. And a lot of these animation houses are just fine with that. They are getting awards and notoriety. But zoetifex Studios has it's sights set a bit higher. We intend to not only do award winning animation, but to entertain the masses in the theaters as well as TV and other venues. It's a pretty high goal - sure. But when you ask me what the difference is between us and them - my response is: We are looking at the "Big Picture"!
- 12 February 2010 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
Are you or someone you know interested in an investment in animation?
At zoetifex Studios we believe that the keys to successful animation are characters and story lines that can capture the attention of just about every age group. Our business model is built around creating these staples for CG animated films and TV shows, commercials, corporate marketing, interactive projects, virtual worlds for kids and more. The benefits of this "family-oriented" style of character/story focused animation could lead to:
- Potential high profits
- Merchandising of characters
- Franchising Story Lines
- Appeal to the masses
We welcome all prospective investors with interest in the animation and/or interactive digital media realm to contact us for investment opportunities in the following areas:
- Full-lenght Animated Features
- Animated Shorts
- Animated TV Shows and Specials
- Licensing and merchandising
- Interactive and online portals
- Virtual worlds for kids
- Casual games
- 05 January 2010 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
zoetifex Studio's character animated piece that was put together as a demo for a possible animated TV Show. Although this was the final piece that was submitted, the team continues to work on the project to perfect the shot.
Producer/Director: Michael M. Kadrie
Adaptation: Michael M. Kadrie
Character Illustrations: Dustin Foust
Storyboard: Hasan Odom
Modeling (Alfred): Roger Borelli
Modeling (Bird): Júlio Cesar De Modesti
Rigging (Alfred): Jason Baskin
Rigging (Bird): Warren Speak
Additional Rigging: Jason Sanborn
Sound Editing: Michael M. Kadrie
Editing/Compositing: Michael M. Kadrie
UV Wrapping (Alfred): Gary Ritchie
UV Wrapping (Bird): Júlio Cesar De Modesti
UV Wrapping (Bird): Quinton Broadwater
Texture/Shading/Lighting: Quinton Broadwater
Texture (objects): Jason Sanborn
Lead Animator: Amelia Kurth
Animator: Brad Bradbury
Animator: Nathan Sawyer
Animator: Yisroel Broocker
Animator: Tom Lubanovic
Animator: Teresa Nord
Animator: Cristin McKee
Animator: Valerie Morrison
Animator: Aaron Zisman
Animator: Ben Richards
Animator: Jason Baskin
Original Audio Taken From: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds Trailer 1963 Universal Pictures.
Black and White version found here!