Thursday, 30 June 2016

Bring the Dream Defenders into VR?!

We are in progress with the 2nd phase of our plan. That is to bring the Dream Defenders Series into the world of Virtual Reality. A whole new experience of storytelling that allows the audience to participate in the story. Not only it allows you to look around in 360. But you can also walk, run, jump and fight side by side with Zane and Zoey against the evil queen Icela and her momoks (the nightmare monsters). Just by staring like the cyclops in xmen, you will be able to fire las
er beams at the momoks.

In the 3rd phase, we plan to allow audience to decide their own path of the story. And also allow multiple audience to go into the same world.
Now we are waiting for hololens to be released in Asia. Next it will be bringing Dream Defenders into the world of Hololens.

In July, we will be making another announcement of our 4th entry into the U.S. market. The first 3 entry was 3net, Hulu and Discover Family. Together with our new U.S. partner, we will be launching a campaign for Dream Defenders in the next 9 months.

Next stop will be China. In August, we will go to Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing to step into the 2nd phase of partnership discussion. Currently the series is distributed by DreamWorks and the series has reached out to 80 countries world wide.

Stay tuned for more news coming up!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Shared Link: Our New Home is Finally Ready by David Kwok

Thank you Sisca, James Zhanzhao Phang, Chun Hsian Goh, Linda, Chwee Hock, Denny Iskandar, Yi Yong, Max Leong and many more (sorry if I have missed out anyone) who has helped us setting up our new home. But we have made it. I am very proud of the crew. You have made it all possible. And thank you Steven Huang for all the awesome photos. 

To check out more photos, click here 

Shared Link: Reaching another milestone in our journey by David Kwok

16th June 2016

Since we have started our journey till now. (Wow coming to almost 10 years. ) 
This is the first time we have a proper signage. 
It feels like we have reached another milestone in our journey. 
Its like seeing your child finally graduating from the university.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

What do we need for Entrepreneurship in Animation by David Kwok

Besides running an animation studio and an animation school, I also provide a consultation for companies in Entrepreneurship in Animation. Something I shared in class the other day that I have learnt in my journey. There is a Chinese saying.
"养兵千日 用在一朝: Soldiers are to be maintained in the course of long years, but to be used in the nick of time."

Application: Establish healthy relationship with good talents that you are not ready to hire.

1) Having a strong team is more important than having lots of money. With a strong team, you can overcome anything in future.

Good and loyal people are hard to find. Money cannot buy loyalty. Some times you meet good people but you do not have the capacity to hire them. Put in effort to maintain this relationship. Be sincere. Even though it might take years. Don't go to others only when you need them.
Identify what role they can play in your team ahead of time. Map out a rough plan. It's like an assembling plan your best soccer team. Prepare for the backups as well. Only when you have a plan, you can identify your missing jigsaw pieces. This will take time. It's ok if you are not sure when will you hire them. Don't do this only when you have urgent needs. When the time comes, you know that you are ready.
Overnight, you are unable to bring a good team together.
(That is why when other companies asked me to recommend talents, we always have someone in mind)
Maintain relationship with good talents who has left you.

2) When I was in Indonesia giving a talk in Entrepreneurship in Animation, several founders of companies told me this. We always have manpower problems. We lose our talents after training them. It's frustrating.

I don't believe a company can be successful with only mercenaries. Money cannot buy Honour and Loyalty. Use your heart. Not money. Trust and Loyalty takes time to build.
I want to share another approach of ours to manpower.
Make an effort to maintain the relationship with those you value but has left you for whatever reasons. (Could be contract is up) Especially those who are loyal and has contributed to the company in the past.

At times, when we identify a new skill needed for the industry, we will engage foreign expertise to conduct internal training to upgrade our staff. Besides training our internal staff, we also invite those who has left us to join the training at our cost. This is a little effort to show appreciation to those who has contributed to the company in the past. This includes the freelancers and those who are currently working for other companies.
When those who have left us have finished their contract with other companies. When we have new projects and money, we welcome them back to rejoin the crew. From our own experience, these talents will become more dedicated than before.

Hope it helps.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Shared Link: We were mentioned on a book, "Animation: A World History: Volume III: Contemporary Times"

Both CG Protege and Tiny Island were mentioned in Mr. Giannalberto Bendazzi's book, Animation: A World History: Volume III: Contemporary Times. 

Honoured to be recorded as part of Singapore Animation History.
It is available on Amazon↓↓

"A continuation of 1994’s groundbreaking Cartoons, Giannalberto Bendazzi’s Animation: A World History is the largest, deepest, most comprehensive text of its kind, based on the idea that animation is an art form that deserves its own place in scholarship. Bendazzi delves beyond just Disney, offering readers glimpses into the animation of Russia, Africa, Latin America, and other often-neglected areas and introducing over fifty previously undiscovered artists. Full of first-hand, never before investigated, and elsewhere unavailable information, Animation: A World History encompasses the history of animation production on every continent over the span of three centuries.

Volume III catches you up to speed on the state of animation from 1991 to present. Although characterized by such trends as economic globalization, the expansion of television series, emerging markets in countries like China and India, and the consolidation of elitist auteur animation, the story of contemporary animation is still open to interpretation. With an abundance of first-hand research and topics ranging from Nickelodeon and Pixar to modern Estonian animation, this book is the most complete record of modern animation on the market and is essential reading for all serious students of animation history."

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Shared Link: Trip to Pulau Ubin by David Kwok

A wonderful Pulau Ubin Trip

Thank you Chwee Hock, Sisca, Yi Yong and everyone for putting together this awesome trip. I really appreciate it. Let's work together and create more awesome time together in coming years. Thank you everyone.
To watch a video of the trip, click here !