I was employee #1 at GigaPix Animation Studios. It was an animation startup funded by investors across the US, with possible injections from India and the Middle East. It was a scam, and yes the CEO, President, and one of the salesmen went to federal prison. The work the artists put in was very real, and I want to talk about that. If you want to talk about the other stuff, it is a 2 drink minimum.
We created several pitches for TV and film. Developed trailers for movies that no one would ever see, and produced several pieces of content. I sold my 1st feature concept to GP, and pitched shows to Disney on their behalf. I also ran the 2D department while working closely with Animation, VFX, and the 3D supervisor and teams. It was a madhouse run by lunatics, but we worked.
Animation startup needing content ideas and someone who can spearhead development around them
Created 30-40 pitches, developed 2-5 bibles and spec scripts, monthly. Managed 2D design staff
Movie and show trailers, pitches, print and sales material, and one FBI raid
Directly responsible for managing daily company operations
Profit and loss, business development
Overseeing marketing initiatives
Managing client consulting engagements
New product management
Hiring and managing project personnel
|Co-Founder||Set up the company, found clients, managed partnerships||Decide on projects and clients to take on, look for avinues of interest outside our traditional scope.|
|CEO||Built Studio, Team Lead, Budgeting, Purchasing||Providing support for projects and team within defined parameters.|
|Creative||Concepting and Design, Project Pitching, Motion & 3D Graphics, Video Production||Make sure production matches the client's expectations while adhearing to internal standards of excelence.|
Get to know your neighbors
Our studio was in an office building, and we got our 2nd largest client by talking with our neighbors.
Start with a (minimum) 3 person team
There are countless reasons why this is important, but I'll start it off with "how do you break a tie?"
Buy what you NEED NEED NEED
100% of the first six months came out of pocket, you will be suprized what you get for free, and asking doesn't cost you anything.
Working with Time Warner to set up our cable took over 6 months, 100% internal issues on their part. Cost us $1000s in time and oppertunity.
"Full Price" is the friend rate. People who want deals are not friends. This goes for the business and the employee, no one works at a discount.