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did you animate the t rex for Peter's film yet?

Not  yet but it's on the agenda. I have a gig doing some effects for another film right now and I'll get to Peter's film next. I need to do some test foam latex casting first.

Hey since Greguy replied recently I'm going to consider this thread not-dead, and I have to ask... Ron did you get a lot of response from this video ad? I guess I'm just curious how much interest is in 21st century stop motion special effects. I animated a Cthulu tentacle arm several years ago for this comedy troupe that reached up and grabbed one of their actors on the leg, and that was a blast. 

EDIT - I should rephrase this. Sorry Ron, if that question sounded intrusive -- I realized in hindsight it sounded like a "do you get work" question and that's not what I meant. More of an analytics question. Full story is I'm working in video marketing now so I was more curious if having a YouTube video advertising special effects generates more click-throughs to your page as opposed to other forms of advertisement (but I wasn't about to write all that out). We're actually partnering with an A.I. company right now that tests which forms of advertisement generates the best click-throughs based on the product/service type, so it's kind of on my mind. But as an aside, I actually am considering doing work in stop-mo special effects and thinking how I would market it, since there are virtually zero analytics on something that specific.

Anyway...thanks.

Hi Duane. There's no such thing as a dead thread here, so long as a thread still exists, it's open for discussion.  And you question wasn't intrusive either, I'm glad you asked it because I've often observed the irony that so many of us spend much of our careers working on commercial ads for others but never make an ad for our own services!

The answer to whether or not I've gotten work out of the videos I've uploaded to Youtube is yes, I'm not sure how much because clients don't necessarily tell me how much of my work they've seen and I don't always ask. But I do know that some people who've contacted me about work begin their emails "I saw your video on Youtube..." and I also know that people who have recommended me have shown my videos to those they recommend me to.

I was contacted several times about working on projects that involved stop motion animated spiders because of one of my Youtube videos which is just a 6 second long test of a spider armature walking... that video has been viewed over two million times!

I look at it this way, the only advertising that doesn't work are the ads that are never made. I think it's very worth it to post ads for yourself and your services on Youtube because they will work to some extent, they're there permanently at a cost of $0 to keep them there forever. All you risk is the work that it takes to put a video together and you really should do that anyway because any professional artist, craftsperson and/or animator needs a video reel.

Like I said, most artists I've known (including myself) work most of their paying jobs on advertising for other people. I've worked on magazine ads, TV commercials, web ads, Vine ads and ads made for all the various social media platforms... so why would I not make a commercial ad for myself? Of course I should.

That's EXACTLY what I'm talking about! If a (potential) client is looking for a stop motion animator, or anyone involved along the process (sculptor, mold maker, seamwork), how do we expect them to find us if we don't advertise? Even people here on this forum who only dream of working in stop motion, I'd ask them isn't it better to have a chance of getting work, no matter how small? It should be our job to advertise ourselves, not their job to magically track us down. I'd love to see more posts on this forum about marketing ourselves, especially those who haven't had big studio experience yet. And though I know the studios pull from artists they know and have worked with, I wonder how often they end up against a deadline and need someone extra and have to search... (maybe some of the big studio guys who lurk these pages can chime in on if THAT still happens). 

Or for example, how many times do you suppose someone needed an animated spider and had no idea where to look, so they just googled/YouTubed "spider animation" and saw yours?

I wonder if someone who hires animators can comment on what they look for in demo reels. In particular, given the choice of only one or the other, would you prefer a demo reel of strictly a walk cycle, demonstration of mass and physics and timing, etc. (animation made specifically for a demo reel), OR would you prefer clips of animations from his/her past projects? I've always wondered about that.

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