Introducing The Mount Lowe Production Blog

Hello, and welcome!

Have you ever wondered what’s actually involved in making a cartoon? There’s actually quite a lot of work involved in production, even short films.

There’s a lot of other production blogs out there, and some are very good, but so many merely detail what happens instead of why it’s happening. Art and eye candy are awesome, right? But producing animation involves so much more than what you see on-screen. If you’re an independent creator, it also involves a lot of questions such as: What can and can’t I do? Which parts of production will someone need to be hired for? What kind of tools do I need to have or know? What kind of schedule should I have? How do I manage having a team that’s spread throughout the country, or even across countries?

Why?

Resources that help with these kinds of questions are a tough to find. You oftentimes need to corner someone whose done it before and hold them hostage until they spill the beans on things like how they decide the timing, how they planned the production, what being a producer actually entails on a day-to-day basis and most importantly, where the money to make it all happen comes from.

These are some real questions that producing animation raises, and without experience they can be quite tough to answer at all, let alone answer correctly. That’s the hope with this blog as it focuses on the many different aspects of production that don’t usually get enough attention. There will be posts on the story, the art, the sound, etc. but also the finances, the technology and software being used, how the artists and performing talent are acquired, and how it all comes together at the end.

Participate!

We’ll also be taking questions! This blog isn’t intended to be a one-way street. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comments, or via the form on the right. Your question may be one that many others are also curious about and we’d like to answer and share it.

What’s to Come

In the coming months, there will be posts on a wide range of topics including:

  • The Idea
  • The Story
  • The Characters
  • The Development Stage
  • Planning production
  • Financing
  • Storyboarding
  • Voicing the characters
  • Creating the animation
  • Sound and Music
  • Mixing it all together
  • Titles, credits and other bells and whistles
  • The Finished Product!

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