EPAnimation Design Update

You may notice that I made some really negligible changes to the appearance of epanimation.wordpress.com but the biggest change is the addition of the ‘Videos’ page.

While videos are updated through the blog posts, the corresponding page will be updated.

There will be more updates as I get around to them.

100 Reasons to Hire Me

100. I can work anytime.

99. I provide free samples.

98. You can have your idea brought to life.

97. I provide cartoon animation

96. As well as motion design.

95. Graphic design and character development too.

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94. I work with almost any budgets.

93. I provide video editing as well.

92. I provide backgrounds too.

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91. Need game art? Covered.

90. Web design? HTML & CSS also covered.

89. Microsoft Office experience? Used to be an executive assistant; Excel all day.

88. Typing speed: 65 wpm

87. ActionScript 2.0 was my first programming language (2009).

86. Moved on up to Javascript from there.

85. Now, I’m currently learning PHP & Actionscript 3.0

84. Animation works with anything I decide to do.

83. Animation works with anything you decide to do.

82. All of my work experience is corporate.

81. Including advertising.

80. And social media marketing.

79. Cartoon campaigns do amazingly well with young people.

78. Original cartoons are more affordable through me than anywhere else.

77. Technically, I don’t charge anything. I only accept donations.

76. My services can be a combination of anything I offer.

75. Including webmaster services, animation, video editing, web design, graphic design, form design, campaign design, game art design, creative writing, business consulting and social media campaign management.

74. I’m 19 and have 7 years of experience with animation and graphic design.

73. Softwares of choice: After Effects, Flash Professional, Illustrator, Photoshop, Sony Vegas, Debut Video Capture, Swivel, Dreamweaver, Sound Forge, Audacity and Paint.

72. I also do very well with traditional mediums.

71. Paper is my best friend.

70. I’m in it for the art.

69. I’ve met Dessert Dan from Storage Wars. He was in my house.

68. I love investing. I have many years of experience bartering.

67. I possess plenty of variety and some originality.

66. Decent writing isn’t easy to come by these days.

65. I can write and perform music.

64. At the age of four, my grandfather started teaching me piano.

63. In junior high, I adopted the upright bass and began performing classical music.

62. In high school, my interest spawned into the guitar and ukulele, but I still remain fluent in bass and piano.

61. Recently, I have been providing music lessons in exchange for a comfortable income.

60. I’ve worked with many musicians and artists.

59. Gene Autry is in my family lineage.

58. Both of my parents went to universities.

57. Which means I don’t get financial aid, or any benefits for that matter.

56. I’m willing to relocate to many areas in the US.

55. I have a viral cartoon on YouTube that I made in an hour in 2009.

54. I used to make video games solely for personal entertainment.

53. I’m good with people.

52. I’m not the ugliest person you could hire either.

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My self-portrait

51. I can write lyrics or poetry.

50. Comedic writing is hard to find, but I offer it.

49. I invented a tabletop game and several video games over the years.

48. Being good at chess makes life easier for some reason.

47. I’m hard-of-hearing and partially blind in my right eye.

46. In 8th grade, I received the award for best creative writing.

45. I used to wear a suit to school because someone told me to dress for success.

44. I often entertain locals with my ukulele or guitar.

43. I offer original lounge music concerts as a service too.

42. I’ve lived in California my whole life and spent a lot of time in Hollywood.

41. I can repair most PC issues.

40. I can repair most Android or iPhone issues.

39. I can make a box from paper.

38. I can make a killer dinner.

37. My original recipes are pretty good.

36. I can configure most electronics.

35. I can use a computer without a mouse.

34. Cartoon characters I make are inspired by Jhonen Vasquez, Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane.

33. I can make pixel art.

32. Including pixel art animation.

31. Paper animation is more tedious, but I do offer that too.

30. Stop-motion is offered as well.

29. I’m learning how to make 3D animation.

28. I’m a good voice actor for male and animal roles.

27. I’ve done a little stand-up comedy. Just a little.

26. I’m very flexible with my time.

25. I can drive well. Never had any accidents either.

24. Hablo Espanol poquito.

23. I have a plethora of experience selling musical equipment.

22. My photography skills are above average

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21. As are my photo editing skills.

20. I’ve been lower class, middle class and upper class so I know how to appeal to different niches.

19. I like reading.

18. Speed art is one of my specialties. (Not speed as in crystal meth)

17. I can derive advertising revenue from videos, animation and web pages.

16. The reason I’m so affordable is because I work on a donation basis for tax purposes.

15. When the donations are good, the product is better.

14. Either way, the product will be professional quality.

13. Need posters or prints? I can cover that too.

12. Writing takes up at least a tenth of my entire life.

11. I spent my childhood familiarizing myself with technology and art.

10. The value I offer is worth at least 3x more than what you pay.

9. I like bonuses but I don’t work any less hard if they aren’t in the budget.

8. I work a lot harder on videos and artwork for other people than my personal work.

7. Everyone says I’m responsible, but I’m actually Joshua.

6. I get a lot of offers that aren’t exactly worth my time, and I’m more reasonable than anyone I’ve seen.

5. You can ask me anything and I’ll do my best to assist you promptly and unobtrusively.

4. I can be the most diligent employee you’ve ever met.

3. Many people try to get through a task as quickly as possible, but I make sure each task is done thoroughly.

2. I can do overtime.

1. I just came up with one hundred reasons for you to hire me.

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Here’s my email: mmautrey@gmail.com

Why Do Some Bad Shows Do So Well?

A lot of television shows are not your favorite programs, and only a few pertain to your liking. This can be for many reasons, but the majority of people can recognize a low-quality show fairly quickly.

Low-quality is not synonymous with low-budget. There are some high-budget films and shows with repulsive content.

So, why do some shows do well even though they obviously suck so much? 

They keep producing content. Plain and simple.

It may not be quality but it’s consistent and people look for new content whether or not it’s good.

Advertisments don’t discriminate. If a show is getting negative attention, it’s still counted as good publicity all the same.

Good shows often run out of content because they try so hard in a world of people who don’t appreciate the effort. They aren’t willing to ruin their reputation by selling out. 

So, what does this lesson tell us?

It tells us that whether or not we think our content is good enough, there are always going to be successful opportunities for consistent production. Don’t create just for money, but don’t make your best content your only content.

Opportunities Don’t Create Themselves

There is a lot to be done in the world right now. Is it really so hard to be successful?

There are machines taking over jobs everywhere, but don’t those machines need people to maintain them?

There are many jobs outsourced, but new companies are being born every month.

There’s a lot of competition in the art industry, but there’s always room for the next best.

There are a lot of games in the world, but people are going to keep playing the newest games.

Just start improving your portfolio. Don’t try to be creative, just create.

Don’t settle on a job. Get your career.

Don’t accept rejection. Seek opportunities elsewhere. 

How to Make a Successful Pilot

From analyzing the best cartoons, I’ve noticed a similar pattern despite having no other obvious similarities.

Pilot episodes are usually terrible or slightly unbearable when compared to its subsequent season, but they still strike interest and have lots of potential.

What separates a successful pilot from a really bad one?

Plot. The plot has to be versatile, and you have to be able to stretch that pilot’s plot into 20 hours minimum. If you think about all the shows on TV, they all have really flexible, simple taglines that you wonder about before giving the show a chance.

Don’t just write a pilot episode. Write a general synopsis for your 100 hours of anticipated episodes.

If you have bad art, you’re in the pool with everyone else. You can hire an artist.

TV shows are more than movies. Often there is a budget difference, but TV is a favored medium.