How to Choose an Animation Studio

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Choosing an animation studio can be a daunting task. You want a company who can understand your company and problems, come up with creative solutions, and deliver a professional and successful product. Here’s what to look for to ensure the best possible experience working with an animation studio.

Examples

Studios should have past projects or portfolios available for review. Never contract with a company that doesn’t provide examples of previous work.

Experience

Check the credentials of the studio and its members, look for degrees in related fields and experience on professional projects.

Reasonable Costs

A studio should charge a reasonable amount for their services. Unusually low prices are a red flag for an inexperienced or low quality studio, and may end in an incomplete project, low quality, or a budget raise part-way through.

Contracts

A professional studio will always require a contract that sets out specific terms for the project, including project details, payment terms, and copyright issues.

Specific About Services

A good studio will be specific about the services they’re providing, including sound, editing, voice over recording, music, and other issues that will need to be specifically discussed. You should always know exactly what the studio is going to deliver.

Revisions

Revisions are necessary in even the most professional studios. This should be acknowledged in the contract, which should set out how revisions are handled and how much they cost.

Client Involvement

When working with an animation studio, you should be involved every step of the way. A professional studio will send sketches and design ideas for your approval. When speaking to members of an animation studio, you should feel that you’re being listened to and that your ideas are respected.

 

Choosing a great animation studio can be tough, but these tips should help you choose with confidence.

Feel free to contact Flaming Medusa Animation with any questions or project ideas.

We’d love to help make your animations legendary!

Flaming Medusa Animation LLC
(614) 546-8392
www.flamingmedusa.com
tom@flamingmedusa.com
 
Copyright Flaming Medusa Studios Inc. 2011

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Flaming Medusa Sponsors Organization Encouraging Women in Business

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Photo by Amy Elisabeth Photography

Flaming Medusa is now sponsoring Bad Girl Venture’s class #3!

Read more about Bad Girl Ventures.

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Indiana Special Olympics

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Flaming Medusa is working with Area 9 of the Indiana Special Olympics to create t-shirts for their 2010 Spring Games. Be sure to check out the Indiana Special Olympics to support their games and help them with their mission.

http://www.soindiana.org/

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Flaming Medusa Studios is born

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Cincinnati, Ohio (April 26, 2010)- DarcyVDesign, Inc. last appeared in the news in conjunction with the creation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Movie. Now the company would like to announce that it is renamed Flaming Medusa Studios Inc. beginning April 26, 2010.

The name change is being carried out to further focus the company’s branding on animation, and to reflect the company’s strengths, personality, and belief system.

The mythological figure of Medusa was chosen to represent the company because of her fame in ancient lore, and because of Medusa’s inherent ability to captivate. The underlying feminist thread of her tale also provides food for thought for the woman-owned company.

About mythological Medusa
The legend of Medusa originated in Libya, where she was worshipped as a serpent-goddess. Her tale then moved to Greece where she assumed the name Medusa, the translation of which means “sovereign female wisdom” in several languages. The idea of Medusa’s head as a threat or weapon was also developed during that time. Some researchers view her eventual beheading as a symbolic silencing of female wisdom and expression.

Medusa’s famous serpentine hair also adds to her mythology. The serpent is representative of the cycles of nature. It also symbolizes immortality, as the serpent was at one point believed to shed its skin indefinitely.

About Flaming Medusa Studios
Flaming Medusa strives to make every one of our client’s projects legendary by utilizing outside-the-box creative solutions combined with state-of-the-art creative techniques to provide animation, illustration, and graphic design. Let us use our knowledge and experience to create, perpetuate, and enhance your company’s mythology.

Remember: mythology doesn’t just form your business- it can also transform your business, and inform the public. Let us put mythology to work for you.

For more information on how Flaming Medusa Studios puts mythology to work, contact Darcy Vorhees:
+1.513.304-9780, darcy@flamingmedusa.com or visit www.flamingmedusa.com

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HBO2 Animated Documentary Premiere

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This Sunday, February 14 2010 at 7:30pm on HBO2 will be the premiere of the film entitled “Getting Over Him In 8 Songs or Less,” by Debra Solomon. Debra is most widely known for bringing Disney’s animated Lizzie McGuire to life. She is also an award winning filmmaker and illustrator.

Flaming Medusa contributed animation assistance to the parts of this feature.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to watch it!

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Founder Darcy Vorhees in “Cincinnati Illustrated” Article

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Soapbox Media approached Flaming Medusa founder Darcy Vorhees for some input into the scene in Cincinnati. The article “Cincinnati Illustrated” by Soapbox Media is now live on their website.

The article also mentions the comic anthology entitled “12-Way with Cheese”, produced by Tim Fuller of Zombie Marge Comix, that Darcy contributed to.

“If every picture tells a story, there are certainly plenty to be told among Cincinnati’s illustrators and graphic artists. It is considered a first-rate artistic community, but not one always celebrated in town outside its own circles… (read more)

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Throwback to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Feature with Soapbox Media

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Before Flaming Medusa there was DarcyVDesign, a one-woman company run by Darcy Vorhees.

In this article Soapbox Media discusses the work that Darcy did on Turtles Forever, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary movie:

“After a decade in New York, Cincinnati native Darcy Voorhees[sic] returned home to build her own animation studio. But the 1997 Kings High School graduate doesn’t limit herself to local accounts. Vorhees’ DarcyVDesign contributed to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever, a movie feting the cartoon’s 25th anniversary, from her home office.” (read more)

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Space Chasers

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Darcy Vorhees is teaming up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Roy Burdine to bring his brain-child Space Chasers, an out of the world kids adventure property, to life. This is a piece of concept art for the property, done by DarcyVDesign. More to come later. Also, don’t forget the Turtles Forever premiere tomorrow morning!

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TMNT 25th Anniversary Movie

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Movie with storyboarding by Flaming Medusa Animation founder Darcy Vorhees will premiere on Saturday November 21st 2009 at 10am on the CW.

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Character Design Process

Animation Character Design Process

These are some character designs from the vaults. They have been brought back into the daylight to demonstrate the character design process we do here at Flaming Medusa Animation. These particular drawings were done by founder Darcy Vorhees.

The client provided descriptions of the personalities of the characters along with their script and a few conversations about the project. From there, Darcy started doing sketches to test a variety of looks. Here you see the ones she chose to share with the client. These are Asimov and Gustav, who were supposed to be sort of like “bad guys” in the story. Also included is quick design of a costume change that the first character would have.

After seeing these the client wanted Asimov to be less like a brute but still ominous looking. his body type was changed to one that may not beat you up in bar, but you would definitely need to watch your back if you messed with him because he solves his problems intellectually and has others carry them out.

Here are a few more of the main characters, about midway through their development. These guys are a group of friends who display varying degrees of responsibility, optimism, and grumpiness.

And here they are again, with changes, in a line-up for size comparison with some other characters that were being worked on. The additional characters are first round sketches.

From here it would have continued to clean up and then creation of rotations of each character, then color. And there you have it- a glimpse into the character design process at our studio.

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