IMCINE grants Gasolina Studios series development funds

The ~$20,000 USD grant from IMCINE will allow Gasolina Studios to produce a teaser, an important tool to showcase the series in international markets

The Mexican Filmmaking Institute (IMCINE) awarded Gasolina Studios a development grant for the animated series “My Brother the Monster” this Sunday, March 12th, 2017. The original production by creator Ernesto Molina and executive producer Joe Alanís will be able to continue development thanks to the support of IMCINE.

My Brother the Monster tells the story about Mombou, a cute little fur-ball monster that gets adopted into a human family as a pet, but he quickly grows up to be 9 feet tall. He must learn to overcome his fears to live a normal human life.

This is the first time IMCINE supports the development of a TV series with this program. The open call was released in November 2016 and received 143 projects in total. The selection committee in the animation category was composed by Álvaro Ceppi (Zumbástico Fantástico), Jorge R. Gutiérrez (The Book of Life, Mucha Lucha), and Nicolás Matji (Strings, Tadeo Jones). The ~$20,000 USD grant from IMCINE will allow Gasolina Studios to produce a short teaser, that will become an important tool to showcase the series in international markets.

My Brother the Monster was also a finalist in the 2016 Ideatoon competition in the Pixelatl Festival in Cuernavaca, México, where it became one of the jury’s favorite pitches and garnered the interest of international media channels.

The complete list of winners can be found at this link.

5 tips for maximizing your next Kidscreen experience

Two weeks after Kidscreen and my head is still spinning. I’ve been to industry festivals and markets before, but none like Kidscreen. There’s really something to it that can set an entire industry on fire (and I mean it in the best possible way). I think the main difference comes from the summit’s size (not too big to get lost, not too small to be talking to the same people on the 4th day.), it’s scope (you can find newbie producers and big network executives, although those will be harder to meet with), and the fact that it’s all going on inside one big bubble that is the InterContinental Hotel. No need to leave for the entire day.

So here are a few tips for a newcomer to Kidscreen. Think of this as a quick guide to succeeding at Kidscreen.

1- Schedule your meetings in advance

Kidscreen newbies might not be aware of this, but most executives have their schedules full 2 months in advance. Kidscreen was in February and I was advised to start contacting delegates for meeting requests before Christmas! So dig into that Kidscreen database and start requesting meetings as soon as you can.

2- Leave room for other interesting activities

Before scheduling your meetings,  you can take a look at Kidscreen’s agenda, and then plan your 1 on 1’s around the activities that interest you the most. When you schedule a 1 on 1 meeting you usually get availability options from your counterpart, and most often than not, you will be able to find the time that works for both.

But what happens at the other activities? More networking in different formats. The “30 minutes with…” Sessions help you get an insight of the inner workings of the networks and distributors (and also the speaker’s card if you wait until the end). The cocktails mainly bring people interested in a specific company together… The parties will have a broader mix and are much more relaxed (alcohol helps you grow your network. It’s science).

3- no need for “bells and whistles”

One thing that surprised me is that people you meet is really open to getting to know you, your company, and the stage you’re at. Whether you only have a pitch bible or this is your 16th production in a row. If there’s a match, people will want to work with you.

4- Smile and say “Hi”

I can say that roughly 50-60% of the new contacts I made at Kidscreen I met randomly at the parties and the cocktails. So it’s really important to be able to break the ice. Just by saying “hi” you can open a lot of conversations. People came to Kidscreen to make new contacts so they will be as eager to meet you as you are to meet them.

5- Go to all the parties you can, network, then rest.

This is mostly an extension of point 4. If you get so many contacts from casually bumping into people, you can see the importance of attending these parties. If you’re serious about expanding your network and your business, you will leave going to the Beach after the summit is over. But please do schedule some vacation time after Kidscreen. The entire industry will be resting for the next week or two.

ADDITIONALLY: “Follow Up” is the name of the game

You met a bunch of people, you mingled, you partied and you got back home… This when the new business really happens. Since everybody’s so busy with 30 minute back-to-back meetings during the event, the real closing of the business comes after Kidscreen. So hang on to those newly acquired business cards and follow up your conversations when you’re back home.

So those are my 2 cents.

What would your Kidscreen tips be? Leave those in the comments!

About the writer

Joe Alanis created Gasolina Studios. A development and production studio based in Mexico City. Currently working on animated series such as “Wings Across the World” (Australia-Mexico) and “The Adventures of Bim and Ama” (USA-Mexico). “Secret Society of Veggies” and “My Brother the Monster” are in-house productions. Now amounting for over 11 years of experience in the animation field, previous working experience includes being program director for the Animation Bachelor of Arts at Monterrey Tech (ITESM). Founder and Chief Designer at Alebrije Estudios, where he developed video games for different platforms.

Take a look at Gasolina Studios original developments.

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Commissioning Animated Content with Gasolina Studios

If you’re reading this, you might be interested in commissioning content with us. Here’s what we offer: Great stories told in a fun and appealing way. Whether you already have a script, or you want us to develop it from scratch. We are here for you.

¿What do we do?

Gasolina Studios has 3 strenghts:
Story Developing
Character Developing
3D Animation

We’ve been commissioned animated shorts before, you can watch them in our portfolio page.

If you have a story you want us to produce, or if you want us to commission an animated story (Or maybe some scenes of it). We are your guys. So send us an email and we can schedule a call!

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Mipcom 2014 and the 30 minutes to eat my croissant.

Mipcom is a yearly film and audiovisual content market and festival that happens in Cannes, France. This last edition was October 13-16. (Which makes this post long overdue, but anyway…) It was my first time to ever attend any of such events and I’ve gotta say, I wasn’t expecting what I saw.

So we did our homework and brought some information about Gasolina and all the content we’ve produced so far, so that anybody thats interested could have a look at it. And we charged it all in an iPad for agility. We brought a refreshed image, the new characters were there, some screeners and such…

Je suis entré dans le Palais des Festivals prêt à rencontrer tout le monde…

La première journée de «travail» (je dois admettre que je ne peux pas rester sérieux quand je dis que je travaillais à Cannes … Près de la plage avec le soleil. Mais bien sûr “a été” “de travail”). Je suis allé aux Palais des Festivals prêts à rencontrer tout le monde. Vous savez, en réseau … Mais votre premier de ces événements apporte un sentiment très étrange. Au moins pour moi comme animateur / réalisateur: Combine le sentiment d’un enfant de 5 ans dans un magasin de bonbons, avec les turbulences du marché à Wall Street et peut commencer à comprendre. Ce est MIPCOM.

Je ai décidé de prendre mon temps au maximum. Donc, je ai conçu une stratégie: “. Pour tout voir, je vais avoir à passer par tous les stands, de étage par étage” Donc, si vous avez terminé au premier étage, ne me laisse pas aller à la seconde. Excellent plan!

Je dois préciser que les Palais des Festivals est un assez grand bâtiment de 7 étages. En outre, le MIPCOM de Cannes était partout. Riviera occupé le bâtiment et d’autres bâtiments temporaires le long de la Croisette (La rue le long de la plage). Tous les hôtels étaient complets et 90% des personnes marchant sur la Croisette eu leur insigne du MIPCOM.

Comment était mon plan? Eh bien, je ne pouvais pas aller à l’étage jusqu’au lendemain après le déjeuner. Seul le premier étage m’a tenu occupé le premier jour et demi. Il avait trop d’informations à traiter. Cartes à travers le monde, de nouveaux rendez-vous pour le lendemain. (Je avais déjà pré-programmé avant de quitter le Mexique, mais cite en quelque sorte, des citations ne prévoient pas tendance à être plus intéressante et fructueuse.) Mais il était inquiet. Le Palais des Festivals a sept étages. Outre qu’il me manquait tous les autres bâtiments et je ne avais que 2,5 jours pour les traverser. Et encore atteint les grandes entreprises. Qui tous étaient là. Warner Bros avait son propre quai sur la plage. Disney avait un bâtiment de 2 étages. Sony, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon …). Je devais améliorer ma stratégie.

À mon avantage, le Palais est de forme pyramidale, ce qui signifie que chaque étage devenait de plus que précédemment. Et bien sûr, plus l’escalade, les grandes entreprises ont été me suis retrouvé (à quelques exceptions près). Je suis donc heureux d’annoncer que je ai laissé plus de 30 minutes après avoir visité tous les MIPCOM. La je ai utilisé pour manger un croissant sur de saumon la Croisette. Au final, je suis resté avec demi-tonne de cartes d’affaires pour le traitement, le suivi des rendez-vous, mais le plus important, de l’inspiration.

 je étais prêt à rester et “accidentellement” manquer mon vol … 

Je étais tellement inspiré par Cannes était prêt à rester et “accidentellement” perdre mon vol de retour … Alors je l’ai perdu … Mais ce est une autre histoire.

Alors qu’est-ce qui m’a arrêté ces quatre mois pour écrire cette critique? Un petit projet dans les prochains jours vous enseigner. Restez à l’écoute!