Monday, November 29, 2004

Turkey Day is Over

As you can plainly see, I haven't posted any new blogs in a while. The Holidays snuck up on me, and well, I was thinking about other things.

Some items worth posting have happened during my turkey hangover. First and foremost, DPS-Israel has shut down. Those of you that have read my DPS/IDT ramblings know how I feel about this company. I am trying to get more details about what happened. Let's see what the next few days uncover.

Vanguard in the UK is working on Valiant (as all of you know). It seems that a trailer has been released. So, if you feel like looking at a terrible streaming version of the trailer, you can click here. The quality is pretty low, so it hard to judge anything. The material I've seen previously was much more interesting and didn't look half bad. This trailer certainly does not help their case.

The Incredibles continues to hold at number 2 in the box office and recently went over $200 million. Although it is behind Finding Nemo and Shrek 2, this is certainly a figure anyone should be proud of.

I'm still hung over from the food and travelling that I did. So, I don't have much energy right now to post further. I hope to have more insider information over the coming days, especially concerning Toy Story 3, which should have a director named any minute now. I'm already 99% sure who the director is going to be, but until he officially accepts, I don't want to say anything.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

New thread suggestion:

Let's open up a deep vein, yes?

How about all the veterans out there do a little rant
on studio politics inside the big studios?
Especially DreamWorks, Disney, et al...
Let's name names and sling some mud!...
Anybody game?

Anonymous said...

I love your sight and as a newbie animation studio exec I would love to hear a rant from some veterans! Go for it!!!

Chad said...

"Go for it" and bite the hand that feeds him? I think thats the reason Staloren stays anonymous. I am anxious to hear the announcment of the director for Toy Story 3, and Staloren's comments on it. Great blog.

Chad

Anonymous said...

I agree with that point! As for me, they no longer
feed me! So I'm free to speak, free enough to say
that most movie studio execs are more preoccupied
with climbing the corporate ladder than they'll attempt
to squash anyone that gets in their way. They're all
elitists, who look upon animation artists as the
unwashed masses.

Ward Jenkins said...

I would like to think that Pixar is immune to such studio exec idiocy, considering their batting average. Pretty impressive. What do some execs there think about how other studios are running their businesses? Great blog, by the way. It's a definite on my blog roll.

Anonymous said...

Im an ex-employee at DPSI-Israel.
Yes, it is closed but I think that it was a great place to work and experiment with animation technology.
For the R&D people, it's been pretty easy to walk away (somehow hitech in Israel is coming back, weird...) but I feel bad for the artists and animators here. They are the ones which really drive the creative process and they're the ones getting the most hurt. Us techies and managers just get in the way...

Anyway, here's to hoping that cg (and not just in ads) in Israel will one day come back... (ie, we need investors!!!)

Cheers
bensch 2 5 6 AT yahoo DOT com

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