July 11, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014
" Ice Cream, Ice Cream, Ice Cream!"

” Ice Cream, Ice Cream, Ice Cream!”

Racing to the End? Or Enjoying the Process?

Sometimes I think that my independent film work is the yin to the yang of television work. It’s polar opposite. Television work races to the finish. It’s all about the volume. It has it’s own fun in working as a team to put out the best possible with the canvas you are presented to work with.

But I often feel that my independent work is too much “in the moment”. I enjoy it so much that I have little interest in finishing it. That’s not good, since sharing it is part of the art of animation. The audience experiencing it ( whether good or bad) is part of the art. Of course if you love something, you will make the time to work on it as much as possible ( unless it’s time to earn some money for food), so eventually it will be finished. But someone asked me last week ” Why don’t you hire or ask some people to help?” I replied “What’s the fun in that?” ┬áBut I most likely will when I am closer to the finish of it. I’m a good ways through “Fish Head”, and it brings me tremendous joy working on it. I am definitely in the zone, or the “flow” when I’m working on it.

Very grateful for it. And I still feel it’s something and tangible even though it is still not completed. I’m also grateful for the work I receive that is for commercial purpose, for I am able to do what I love ( create characters and stories) while supporting my family. Without that work, it would be difficult to keep up the independent work. That coupled with the fact I love being a husband and a father makes for a pretty full life.

But then again, I might feel different tomorrow and find something small to be pissed about.

Hope not.

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2 Responses to July 11, 2014

  1. Todd says:

    Joe,..you hit the nail right on the head in describing personal work vs. “work” work. Let me just say that I’ve been loving Lazlo of late and truly enjoyed “Parasitic Pal” as it was a laugh riot.

    Your work is fantastic and even though I’m a bit disappointed by not being able to have you on my webcast <a href="http://boing.libsyn.com/&quot; for an interview,…you are one of the greats in the industry.

    I feel that today's shows are missing something. I believe it to be "soul". Perhaps this comes from the fact that the entertainment industry as a business model has changed and maybe it's being influenced wrongly. I'm not in the industry so I can only speculate….but cartoons are just not the same today as they were in years past.

    Thanks for the entertainment that you have provided us through the years!

    Todd

  2. Tommy Cannon says:

    I know what you mean. My horror comic is a slow, slow burn, but tons of fun. But, teaching art class and the (other comic book) keeps me fed and somewhat noticed.

    This blog post resonates with me quite a bit.

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