Three days of professionals, students, and those who employ, educate and inspire them will be crossing over studio boundaries to meet their peeps at the last event of the year before the holidays; November 20-22, 2009 at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center a mere walking distance from both the Burbank Airport and Amtrak Train station. Burbank is declaring "Animation Week" for our event where CTN-X will be the hub of what will become a citywide event.
To reconnect, reignite or just relax with the over 30 hours of industry discussions, behind the scenes conversations, reunions, recruiting, artist vendors, demonstrations, great art and after hours parties.
Great ideas and meaningful connections seem to happen most often in the hallways and casual gatherings of creative and talented people. Remember that feeling you got walking through the development department at a large studio? CTN-X will re-create that as you get the sense that you just walked into the greatest studio in the world with the most incredible talent and amazing artwork.
Since this hasn't been done before it hasn't really gotten a label yet, but it's not a film festival or a comic con. Stuart NG, rare book dealer who will be exhibiting at the event with books and special guest talent to sign them, calls it an animator's tradeshow. From my perspective, as jobs come and go and projects fail or flourish the one thing that remains constant is, the talent is still talented so they will be at CTN-X continuing to collaborate and create great content!
The venue has a snazzy New York Style Bar and Grill on the premises (The Daily Grill) plus the event will have after hours networking parties both Friday and Saturday night with no host bar and dancing.
It came about by connecting what was already there. CTN is a network that has been connecting top animation talent and hosting events since 2004. Starting with 6 and growing to 575 these events ranged from online, to networking events at Gordon Biersch, to group art shows and holiday gatherings at the Van Eaton Galleries to booksignings under a tent in the street (The Animation BookLook). About a year and a half ago the opportunity presented itself to put all these events under one roof with indoor plumbing and temperature control in the "animation epicenter" Burbank, California.
Like someone told me, whether you cook a bird or a hen, the steps are exactly the same, the only difference is one is a little bigger. Oh yea, and costs a little more and is little more work, but you only do it once a year so what the heck - let's go all out and enjoy it!
If it's a success, then obviously The Creative Talent Network (CTN), accepts full responsibility ---- if not,? Well, we're creative and will find someone to blame.
We have many special VIP guests already:
Big studios will spend tens of millions of dollars developing movies that either don't get made, or get made only because they spent so much money in development, they had to see it through. They will hire a bunch of guys like me to spin in all directions trying to find the movie. They will pay a floor full of middle management smarties to create a pile of contradictory notes, which keeps things spinning nicely until, a few years later, some upper eschelon mucky muck sees where the money was spent, and sets off an atomic meltdown. They fire the director and hire two directors to take his or her place. These directors are tasked to keep the production pipeline flowing and to make the film watchable without spending any more money. Git-er-done.
Believe it or not, that is a very stressful way to do it.
I know artists - super talented ones - who've spent the better part of their careers developing films that never got made. They have a look of a junkie - hooked on yet another project. They pour their creative souls into their work, cartoon Don Quixote's wishing they were knights in Walt Disney's court. Poor bastards. As Ward Kimball once told a group of Cal Arts students, "It's over. Walt's dead. You missed it."
So back to my offer: nine million to go away. Were a studio to consider how much money it will spend on future productions involving me and some development junkies that spiraled out of cost control........nine million is a bargain.
The underlying subject to my rant is waste. Time and money. Studios spend millions, artists spend years, and look at what never ends up on the screen. A feature film could be made with what is spent in development alone. Remove the wheel spinning, the indecisiveness, and political motivated decision making, and some good films can come to life.
The impossible part to remove from the equation is ego. People with small egos do not become studio honchos. Asking them to put that ego aside is like asking a dog not to lick its privates. That's what makes them them. Artists lick their own privates too. Executives know this and are very careful not feed artists' egos, lest they grow to challenge their own. Then things get really ugly. A big ball-licking mess.
Nine million doillars to go away. No web cartoons, no FLIP articles, no blogging on Animation Nation. My proposal was never taken seriously. In fact, back in the day, executives squirmed at even talk about the Ovitz severance - taboo subject. I think they all secretly wished for such a firing.
Anyway, the proposal stands. I can be taken up on this offer by contacting me HERE. Serious studios only, please.
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