Epic

Epic, tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world… and ours.

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I feel that this movie was not marketed until just recently but because it’s the first animated summer movie it probably won’t do terrible. Plus this is also from the creators of Ice Age so here’s to hoping it’s as good.

I do want to see this movie though, it has a hint of magic there but I know I won’t see right away.

Anyone seeing the movie this weekend or at all? Or are you waiting until it comes out on DVD?

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My Reflection

My mom has been looking at me differently lately.

It’s all on her eyes—they glisten.

Has she been crying? Did I do something wrong?

And if so what can I do to make it better?

I catch my reflection on the mirror. I tilt my head one way then the other.

Maybe it’s me. Am I making her sad?

But how—all I do when I see her is wag my tail and tell her how happy I am to see that she’s home again.

Is it my licking? I do tend to over kiss.

Nah! That can’t be it. She loves my kisses. It makes her day.

Mines too!

She comes over to me and tells me she loves me and won’t get rid of me. Let people snarl she tells me. Let them see you as a demon she says. But I know who you are and what you are capable of doing. Maybe one day, they’ll be able to see it too she adds.

I go back to the mirror.

I see my reflection.

I tilt my head to one side then other.

I don’t see a demon.

I don’t understand.

All I see is me–a Pit Bull.

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All rights go to its rightful owner.

Lately this breed has been on every news channel, not showing the good but all the bad they’ve done. Can they be bad? Of course! Every dog breed can do wrong. It’s just that there’s an amount of Pit Bull owners that don’t train or aware of what their dogs are capable of doing if not taught right from wrong. I hope one day this changes.

Clinton during his first election said, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

In this case it should be, “It’s the owner, stupid.”

Once Upon a Summer

For this week’s 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups prompt Julia decided on the below picture to help tell a story. At first I was thinking of something happy but as I started to write, the characters just did their own thing. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

“My mom and I used to come here every summer,” Bernadette said.

Lucy looks around. “Is she here today?”

Bernadette shakes her head. “No,” she said as she turns to Lucy. “She got really sick last year,” Bernadette continued.

“Is she all better now?” Lucy said.

Bernadette looks down and shakes her head. “No,” she said.

“I’m sorry.” Lucy said.

Bernadette smiles. “Don’t be,” she said as she looks at her reflection. “Mommy is in a better place now and she’s not feeling pain anymore.” Bernadette looks at Lucy and smiles. “That’s what’s important.”

Hey, Toon Writer!

Hi everyone! I am happy (excited! delighted! elated!)  to introduce Amy Keating Rogers as my guess blogger, a writer for shows such as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Samurai Jack, My Life as a Teenage Robot, and  The Power Puff Girls. From her humble beginnings to tips for those trying to break into the business. This post has it all so share it with everyone that needs some inspiration to continue on writing and dreaming. Enjoy!

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A Word From: Amy Keating Rogers

The interesting thing about my writing career is that I never intended to have one.  I always wanted to be an actor.  Ever since I was a child, my dream was to act.  So I acted in junior high, was the lead in the musicals in high school, and was a theater major in college.  At Occidental College, where I got my Bachelor’s degree, while my focus was on acting, we all had to learn about the various areas of theater.  In my senior year, I had taken all my required courses and had run out of classes that I wanted to take.  That left Playwriting and Speech.  So I enrolled in Playwriting.  But I actually planned on dropping it because I didn’t think I would be any good at it.  Fortunately, my professor (who knew me very well by then) wouldn’t let me drop the course and was convinced that I would be very good at playwriting.  Turns out he was correct.  I had a natural ear for dialogue and wrote my first short play in that class.  It was produced in the New Play Festival that year and I actually got to perform in my own play, which was awesome.

After graduating from Oxy, I continued on to get my M.F.A. in Acting at CalArts.  During this time I continues to write plays both at CalArts and at summer programs.  While at CalArts, four of my plays were produced.  When I graduated from CalArts, I pursued acting, which means I had various odd jobs as I went out on auditions.  I was also a member of a theater company and one of the company members decided to produce my play, “The Stuff.”  At that time, I had just started as a Production Assistant on “The Powerpuff Girls.”  PPG needed help with the writing and they knew I was a writer because I’d put posters for my show all over the studio.  I knew I could write for PPG, I just needed to be given a chance.  So, the day I was brave enough to approach Craig McCracken was the same day that he was going to ask me if I wanted to try writing for the show.  I started by writing freelance for the show and was writing full time for the show by the end of the year.

During my time on PPG, I met Lauren Faust, who was hired as one of the storyboard artists.  Lauren and I worked together on Powerpuff and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and developed a friendship through the years.  At the Foster’s wrap party, she told me she had pitched a new version of My Little Pony to Hasbro.  She said that if it got greenlit, she’d like me to write for the show.  So, when it did, she called me up when she was breaking the pilot.  It was really great being part of the show from the beginning.  Lauren had such a strong, clear vision.  The pitch bible that she wrote is one of the best that I’ve ever read.  She knew exactly where she wanted to take these characters so it was really fun to jump into this world.

As far as genres that I write for, I find that I’m good with comedy.  I have a very kooky brain and a lighthearted personality.  I don’t tend to go to the dark side.  I’m not saying I couldn’t, but it’s not a very natural fit.  Writing for Pony is so joyful and lacks cynicism, and that works for me.  I like that characters break into song and it doesn’t feel trite when they do.  It feels natural and genuine.  I want to live in a world like that—and considering I often break into song—I guess I do.

However, if you’re asking do I write things other than scripts, I’ve also written chapter books, comics, quiz books, and educational (Leapfrog) books.  These have all been for existing properties—not my own creations.  I have written some picture books, but they have yet to be published.

My best advice for writers that want to write for animation is to get into the animation industry.  Being in it is the best way.  Now, if you don’t live in a town with an animation studio, try the internet.  When I started, the internet isn’t what it is today.  People are looking for writers to help them flesh out their ideas and then put it on the web.  Or, heck, come up with your OWN idea and put it on YouTube!  These days you can do it yourself and if it’s good, hopefully you’ll get noticed!

As far as living in Los Angeles, it sure helps.  This is where major studios are.  So if you want a job in animation, it’s a good place to be.  But as I noted above, the internet has opened up a world of opportunities to creative people.

If you want to write scripts, you should get program Final Draft.  It’s expensive, but it formats your scripts properly.  It’s worth the money!

Oh, you didn’t ask this, but regarding “spec scripts.”  If you want to write for a show, don’t submit a script of their show!  The writers of that show are too close to it and know everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen to those characters in the future.  You may think you know the characters just as well…but you don’t.  You will only annoy the writing team.  Trust me.  Write something else that you are familiar with that shows that you are good with dialogue and story.

A good reference book for writing is “Save the Cat!” by Black Snyder (I should get a cut for recommending this guy’s book so much.)

http://www.amazon.com/Save-Last-Book-Screenwriting-Youll/dp/1932907009/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367948229&sr=8-1&keywords=save+the+cat

Networking is important.  Folks can join Women in Animation (even if they are not female).  They have Chapters in L.A., New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. http://wia.animationblogspot.com

I’m sure there are other organizations, but that is the only one I’m thinking of.

It is not essential to have an agent to write in animation.  I know writers that get plenty of work without agents.  They rely more on word of mouth and networking.  But, I have an agent and I rely on those things as well!  I got my first (and only) agent after I became Head Writer on Powerpuff.  I really began using him when I began freelancing back in 2004.

I think online content is an amazing option for animation writers—new and old.  It’s funny, because I got started before online content was big, I often forget about it.  I’m sort of “old school” that way.  And that’s why I keep bringing up that new writers should look at online options.  I think there are great opportunities out there if folks are willing to do the homework and dig around.

I got my foot in the door without even trying, so I’m probably a really lousy example.  I never intended to write for animation.  I wanted to be a stage and TV actress!  But then my friend from CalArts got me a P.A. job on Johnny Bravo which led to another P.A. job on Powerpuff and the rest is history.  I was surrounded by all these amazing artists that dreamed their whole lives of working in animation.  Fortunately, I was still doing something creative, so I was happy.  I feel incredibly lucky to have fallen into this wonderful career.

So, is it hard to get your foot in the door?  As a gal that kept trying to auditioning for roles and not getting them.  Yes.  But is it worth trying and adjusting as different opportunities present themselves?  Absolutely.

You can follow me on Twitter @KeatingRogers

The Painting

THE PAINTING, French animation auteur Jean-Francois Laguionie’s latest work, is a wryly-inventive parable executed in a stunning painterly style. A kingdom is divided into the three castes: the fully painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, frail charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. Chastised for her forbidden love for an Alldunn and shamed by her unadorned face, Halfie Claire runs away into the forest. Her beloved Ramo and best friend Lola journey after her, passing between the forbidden Death Flowers that guard the boundaries of the forest, and arriving finally at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own animated world – and in a feast for both the eyes and imagination, they explore first one picture and then another, attempting to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations.

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Personally I think this looks like a great movie. If it wasn’t for the article over at ToonZone I would’ve missed a great opportunity! 🙂

Any of you thinking of watching this as well?