Animation Industry Q&A with Frank Gladstone - 45 Year Veteran of Animation: EPISODE 2

Posted by Frank Gladstone
Happy Tuesday Stage 32!
As you may recall, last month we launched a Vlog Series featuring animation industry veteran, Frank Gladstone. Frank has worked for some of the biggest names in animation (Disney, Warner Bros, and DreamWorks, to name a few!) in his 45+ years in the industry. Frank is also currently the Executive Director for The International Animated Film Society (ASIFA - Hollywood) which hosts the world-famous Annie Awards honoring animators from all over the world. Last month, he answered several questions from the Stage 32 Community about all aspects of the animation industry. You can watch his first Vlog here. 
This week, Frank chats with Stage 32's Director of Content, Taylor C. Baker, and answers even more questions from the Stage 32 community about the craft and business of animation. You will learn:
  • Would an artist that focuses on sketching characters also sketch the backgrounds or are those distinct roles?
  • What resources does ASIFA (The International Animated Film Society) provide to animators?
  • What are the major milestones on the way to bring a feature animation project from concept to screen?
  • What is the difference between director a live-action film vs. and animated project?
  • Should I make a trailer or an animator short of my project when pitching an animated feature?
  • ... and more!
If YOU have questions you would like to submit for Frank's next video, kindly comment on this thread in the Stage 32 Animation Lounge! In the meantime, enjoy the wealth of animation industry wisdom Frank has to share in this second vlog!

Click Here to See Frank's Answers!


Finally, if you or anyone in your network writes screenplays for animation, check out our 1st Annual New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest! The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood (travel permitting) to have private one-on-one meetings with some of the most prolific and talented Animation artists, writers, filmmakers, producers, and executives from top companies including DISNEY, PIXAR, MGM, WARNER BROS., NETFLIX, and more!

About Frank Gladstone:

Animation Industry QA with Frank Gladstone 45 Year Veteran of Animation
Frank Gladstone has been working as a professional animator, producer, director, writer and teacher for more than 45 years. From 1973 to 1989, he managed his own Emmy award-winning studio, Persistence of Vision, producing commercials and educational films, and has since held management positions at Disney, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, among others. He is currently the CEO of his own company, Gladstone Film, consulting on animation, filmmaking skills and story structure at major studios worldwide.
Additionally, Frank continues to teach about animation, film history, production techniques and cinematic fundamentals at studios, secondary schools, colleges and professional guilds in North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Frank recently directed the independent feature THE HERO OF COLOR CITY, has served as Artist-in-Residence for the ACME Network and on the board of directors of the Visual Effects Society He is the executive director of ASIFA-Hollywood, the world's largest honorary animation association, and is the executive producer of the animation industry's annual Annie Awards.

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