In a little over a week I’ll be flying to Burbank for the 2nd annual Animation Expo sponsored by the Creative Talent Network. I Can’t wait! I attended last year and had a blast (that’s a photo I took of Don Hahn introducing a screening of his documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty). The organizers really did a great job putting together an amazing and inspiring weekend. It was very well attended with some panel discussions playing to overflow crowds. This year’s event promises to be just as spectacular.
The Expo has everything an animation fan could want: Seminars on all aspects of animation and filmmaking, panel discussions, artistic demos, interviews with big names in the industry, networking parties, and a show floor where artists will be selling their latest sketchbooks, dealers will be selling their wares, and animation studios will be reviewing portfolios.
Any artist who has a serious interest in animation should absolutely attend this event. You can register or get more info at www.ctnanimationexpo.com.
Are You A Good Person?, an animated short film I produced for Living Waters featuring the voice of Kirk Cameron, went live on YouTube less than four months ago and has already racked up over 130,00 views. People are asking if they can purchase DVDs of the film for use in churches, Sunday schools, etc. Foreign language versions with subtitles are springing up online. Atheists are making their own videos criticizing the cartoon. I even know of one man who converted a U-Haul style trailer into a traveling movie theater so that he can screen Are You A Good Person? at various fairs, festivals, and other public events free of charge.
For those who want to own a copy of the film I’ve got great news. Living Waters is now offering it as a free download, no strings attached. You don’t have to sign up for anything or even create a login. The download is even in HD! It’s in Quicktime .mp4 format so it should import easily into iTunes.
Living Waters still owns the copyright to the film but they seem to have waived their right to charge money for people to view or share it. As a ministry Living Waters simply wants to get the message of the film out to as many people as possible.
If you are so inclined, please help spread the word. Of course you can also still link to or embed the YouTube version as well: