11 TIPS FOR WRITING ANIMATED COMEDIES FROM THE CFCDHX ANIMATION BOOTCAMP

first_imgWriters who want to work in animated comedies need to love animated comedies. This means watching animated series that they love, and also those they … love less.Animated comedies are often required to create episodes that have some serious genre tropes, such as a Christmas special, a Halloween episode, and the all-too-familiar birthday episode. Get inspired in your own writing by watching how other series approach these specials without falling into clichés – which requires a creative approach to the characters and their flaws, personalities and desires.A premise is a simple idea, which lays out a beginning, middle, and end. The intention behind a premise is to sell the story, while being short, simple and communicative. The premise should match the characters and the format of the show, but should also be unique and imaginative. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook CFC and DHX recently teamed up to host a bootcamp for 25 CFC alumni on writing for animation, where participants learned from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs series creators Mark Evestaff and Alex Galatis as they deconstructed their creative process on this Saturn Award-nominated series.Evestaff and Galatis shared inspiring and practical insights on writing for an animated comedy series learned throughout their years of experience. Here are a few of the great takeaways from the bootcamp that are especially helpful for creators looking to break into the animated comedy world: Login/Register With: ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Courage under fire

first_imgTo pay a homage and tribute to the victim Indian Habitat Centre is organising a cultural night titled I, Devi.The program is dedicted to Nirbhaya and every woman. Through classical ragas, various acts and with the spoken words artistes will depict various messages to people. India is a country where we worship different forms of  a woman as Saraswati, the godess of knowledge, Laxmi who provides beauty order and prosperity and also Durga, the protector. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But what happened with Nirbhaya and many other like her whoes stories might be heard, unherad contridicts what we as a nation believs in. The show I, Devi with its various forms of performing arts will explore various forms of woman and will also be a presentation against the contradictions that our society has.The night will witness Mudhmita Ray on vocals accompanied by Shoma Mukherjee and Shrisha Murty, Anirudh Chowdhury on keyboard, Sanjay Mukhrjee on violion, Tabla performance by Shamsher Nazi and  dance by group Aleksandra. There will be a poetry session by Mamta Yadav. The show is directed and conceptualized by Madhumita Ray.When: 18 DecemberWhere: Indian Habitat Centerlast_img read more

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Framing inspiration

first_imgCultural exchange has always benefited people around the world, be it through Fine Art or Performing Art forms. The 2nd edition of International Art Symposium is an upcoming event presented by ‘I Art’ and conceptually developed by two Delhi based emerging contemporary artists Sangeeta Kumar Murthy and Suchismita Sahoo. the duo are not only engaged  to paintings and art installations but also have a focus of bringing a little change towards Indian Art in the global platform through intercultural exchange programmes. Their togetherness has brought a new platform for emerging artists from India and abroad. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Artists from six countries and another eleven artists from different corners of India are participating in the symposium. ‘I Art’ starts scouting for young and upcoming art talent throughout the world and invite them for a few days’ stay in India. During their stay at a private residence they can freely show and present their work. Separate workshops are arranged for every form of art (Painting, Sculpture, Art installation, Photography and Apparel designing).  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is intended that during their stay, the artists can show their capabilities and skills by making their own art. The presentations and works are discussed while a file of their work is laid out. Participating artists from around the globe include Lukaszk Rupski (Poland), Luka Radojevic (Serbia), Tg Thet (Myanmar), Sabiha Hadzimuratovic (Bosnia), Yura Tkachenko (Russia), Valentina Dusavitskaya (Russia) and Constantin Migliorini (Italy).Artists participating from India include Sudha Sama, Kamlesh Gandhi, Parveen Upadhaya, Ashish Bose, Barkha Jain, Ritu Gupta, Rajesh Harsh, Kavita Wig, Shraboni Banerjee and Manissha Khanna.  According to Rajesh Harsh, a participating artist, “This platform would help us in maintaining good relations with people who think differently, as inspiration can be drawn from anyone and anything. This platform would help the line blur between the artists of different countries. Sangeeta Kumar Murthy and Suchismitha Sahoo says, “We have always represented India in different countries in various symposiums and the cultural exchange that happens has always been enriching because it helps open avenues.It helps in understanding different cultures, traditions and minds of people. We conceived the idea of holding one in India as this would give an opportunity to Indian artists to showcase and discuss their work. It would open new horizons for artists who might not have got the kind of exposure they wanted. This time we have artists who are exhibiting paintings as well as sculptures. Also, the ratio of female participation is more.”last_img read more

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Startup Boosts Mobile Game Development

first_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 29, 2012 This story appears in the November 2012 issue of . Subscribe » With more than 730,000 mobile applications available for download from Apple’s App Store, it’s more challenging and expensive than ever for developers to grab consumer attention. W3i, a developer monetization and distribution network, reports that the average cost of acquiring new iPhone and iPad users grew in the first half of 2012 from 59 cents to 92 cents per install–a 56 percent leap in just six months. W3i credits the hike in part to increasing promotional efforts from deep-pocketed players like Japanese social gaming giantDeNA–companies with marketing muscle that small, independent developers simply can’t match.Chartboost thinks it has the answer to the dilemma small developers face. The San Francisco-based startup’s platform enables developers to cross-promote their mobile games via interstitials (customizable, full-screen ads that pop up at launch or between game-play sessions), integrated into other titles in their catalog or into higher-profile games built by other firms. Chartboost users can cross-promote their own games for free. Each interstitial is seamlessly integrated and designed to minimize disruption of the user experience.”We’re a technology for developers to own their distribution power and use it across their games,” says Chartboost co-founder and CEO Maria Alegre. “Now you can leverage your portfolio of games every time you launch a new game. You can have Zynga’s reach even if you’re just two guys in a garage.”Alegre and CTO Sean Fannan launched Chartboost in 2011 after a stint at Tapulous, the developer behind the iPhone music-discovery game series Tap Tap Revenge (acquired in 2010 by The Walt Disney Company). The original Tap Tap Revenge was one of the App Store’s earliest breakout hits, spinning off licensed sequels spotlighting Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Tapulous leveraged each title to promote other games in the franchise, an approach that directly inspired the Chartboost model.”Once we discovered the power of [Tap Tap Revenge], we started getting amazing artists and amazing music,” Alegre says. “We were able to manage our distribution power and connect all these games in one network.”Not all Chartboost clients have large game catalogs–those just getting off the ground can connect with other publishers via Chartboost’s Direct Deals Marketplace, which plays matchmaker for developers looking to buy and sell interstitial inventory. Publishers can specify the location and frequency of each interstitial campaign and filter out games they don’t wish to promote; Chartboost also supplies analytics that detail impressions, clicks and installs.Developers bill Chartboost advertiser partners on a cost-per-click or cost-per-install basis, determine the terms of each Direct Deals agreement and collect 100 percent of the proceeds on inventory sales. Separate from Direct Deals Marketplace, Chartboost also helps publishers sell their remaining inventory, claiming 30 percent of revenue.”Chartboost is not a mobile ad network–we don’t do advertisements from consumer brands,” Alegre explains. “We’re about games using other games to promote their products.”There are now 7,000 mobile games across the Chartboost platform, reaching 105 million unique users in 100 countries and serving 4 billion game sessions per month. Publisher partners include Gameloft, Kabam, Booyah and TinyCo. In October 2011 Chartboost (which has been profitable since last year) raised $2 million in Series A financing from investors including TransLink Capital, SK telecom ventures and XG Ventures. Register Now »last_img read more

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3 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own ICO

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 29, 2018 If you’ve been following the news lately, you could be forgiven for thinking the crypto market is already dead in the water. Consider the reports that have said:We’re firmly in a crypto bear market, which might (or might not) last for several years.Talking heads like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates prophesize doom and gloom for bitcoin.There are still many scam ICOs.My take? Don’t believe all that negativity. In fact, ICOs have never been hotter, according to the numbers:More than twice as much money was raised through ICOs in the first five months of 2018 than in all of 2017 ($7.7 billion vs. $3.8 billion).More than twice as many ICOs launched in the first five months of 2018 than in all of 2017 (322 vs. 210).The highest private sale of all time took place in 2018 (Telegram: $1.7 billion).Related: 6 Ways Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Are Changing EntrepreneurshipPerhaps this isn’t too surprising since most entrepreneurs tend to have a long-term view of new technologies. And most people agree that even if current cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum disappear, blockchain is here to stay.So, if you’ve been on the sidelines looking in and are wondering whether to start your own ICO, there are three things you should know before you dive in:1. Most ICOs are built on bad ideas (or are exit scams).In the past few months, my company has spent a lot of time talking to, pitching and working with ICOs on their marketing. We’ve been approached by everyone from seasoned entrepreneurs with profitable businesses to pizza delivery guys with big dreams.If I had to generalize, I’d say that nine out of 10 people we talk to are either: (1) business savvy but don’t understand blockchain technology at all; or (2) understand blockchain and are very compentent, technically, but don’t really have any business experience.Not surprisingly, this means that most ICOs aren’t really able to deliver on all their promises. Or they can, but their business idea is inherently flawed and doesn’t really make any sense.Related: 6 Things Good and Bad You Should Consider Before Investing in CryptocurrenciesFor example, one of the ICOs that ran in 2017 was for asteroid claiming and mining rights. Another one is attempting to build a worldwide supercomputer using the combined power of its community’s mobile devices. These are pie-in-the-sky ideas that are way too early to market.Fortunately, though, the fact that your competition is pretty “out there” isn’t a bad thing if you’re an entrepreneur looking to enter the ICO market. What this means is that if you have a deep bench, a solid business model and developers experienced in blockchain, and if you’re doing everything above board, you’re already head-and-shoulders above the competition.2. Your token will be subject to pump-and-dumps and high volatility.The altcoin market has been subject to wild swings and high volatility since its inception, and this isn’t necessarily the fault of ICO teams. Bad actors, like pump-and-dump groups, which artificially raise a crytocurrency’s value to sell at a profit, make the growing cryptocurrency market a very dangerous place for inexperienced investors. Exit scams don’t help, either.Then there’s the fact that cryptocurrency as a whole is such a new asset class that everything basically tracks Bitcoin, especially in a bear market. Whenever Bitcoin is up, everything is up. And whenever Bitcoin is down, everything goes down.The way this plays out in practice is that every ICO, shortly after launch (or whenever its token first hits an exchange) sees a large pump that skyrockets the price into the stratosphere. Then, just as quickly, the price of that token collapses — usually to a resistance point near the initial sale price.If you’re going to enter the ICO market, you need to be aware of these things. And you need to come up with a game plan to preserve the value of your token even in turbulent times. Pump-and-dumps will happen, but the long-term value of your token is still determined by your actions. Strategies like token burning, token buybacks and airdrops can help preserve value.3. There is still a ton of opportunity in this blue ocean market.In light of the current bear market, the ever-increasing number of ICOs and the continued regulatory uncertainty, it’s easy to think that the time for starting an ICO is already over. But we firmly believe that now is the best time to get involved.Blockchains are a growing, maturing technology with too many potential uses to list here. Most of these use cases have only been lightly touched upon in ICO white papers and road maps. None of them have been fully explored.Putting real estate sales on the blockchain, for example, would solve all sorts of problems surrounding illiquidity and ease of investing. Putting the freelance marketplace on the blockchain would ensure that vendors got paid on time.There are also several problems with cryptocurrencies that urgently need to be solved. Nearly all cryptocurrencies and tokens suffer from high volatility and unpredictable price swings because they aren’t backed by real assets.Figuring out how to create the world’s first true stablecoin (as did the guys at Basis, who raised $133 million from VCs like Andreessen Horowitz) would revolutionize finance as we know it. Finding a way to efficiently edit immutable code is also an ongoing challenge.The early bird gets the worm.Just as happened with the internet in the ’90s, early movers and adopters are setting themselves up for decades of demand down the road. Even if blockchain as we know it implodes, it will return in another form.Of course, no one’s solved the most pressing problems of cryptocurrencies yet. And no one’s fully leveraged blockchain to improve or revolutionize an existing industry; everything’s still very much in the idea stage.Related: How to Protect Your Cryptocurrency Holdings (Infographic)But the good news is that blockchain entrepreneurs and technologists are actively trying to make good on their promises every single day. So, who knows? You just might beat them to it.last_img read more

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