A message from Anonymous...

Posted by Von Kreep On 8:21 PM
A few minutes ago Anonymous commented on the previous post about the title card.  
If you're following the blog, you can see we're in full swing on the production of the short. I've met with some studio Executives, and folks are interested, but producing this project takes time. I thank everyone past and present for all their hard work. 

Without everyones efforts none of this is possible. I know it's going to get picked up, and when it does, it's going blow everyone away!

Here's what he or she had to say.... 

That a gorgeous card, but it begs the question... why? You don't even have a completed episode to follow this.

I've been biting my tongue on this for awhile now, and enough is enough. I've watched this blog blossom over the last few years with fantastic artwork from some the industry's top talents. Just top notch work....but ultimately it goes nowhere. Why do so much development, and never break ground on an episode?? You don't 80 characters to figure out a 7 character pilot. It's like building a car over and over, and never actually leaving the driveway.

To be blunt, I think the fault lies with you, O'Neal. You tout around the names and reputations of very hard working artists, to entice people to do free work for you. Not because you want to create something real, but because you're that bratty little kid in candy store that wants gumballs...no jawbreakers....no lollipops..no licorice...etc.

These artists are nice enough to contribute what little free time they have, for a project that will never see the light of day. Let's call it what it is, outright abuse of people and their talents. You're taking advantage O'neal, and it's wrong.

I'm throwing down the gauntlet, O'Neal. Your visual development team have done their work, now it's your turn. Hold up your end of the bargain and go pound the pavement, get some meetings, kiss some asses.....whatever it takes to get this thing made.Otherwise, in the end...you're just another wanna-be. big mouth, vampire executive that took advantage of hard working artists...and what's worse, gave the artists nothing in return.

10 Response to 'A message from Anonymous...'

  1. MonsterFan_666 Said,
    http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1264230595150#c6456079212572871273'> January 22, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    What a jerk! He's completely off base.

    Btw, how's the cereal killers book going?


  2. Geoff Munn Said,
    http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1264265410667#c7284950118609346862'> January 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    I'd like to start off by saying that in no way do I feel O'Neal is taking advantage of me or my talents. I knew going into this that it was a non-paying gig, and since I'm a big boy, I know what that means. No, I've wanted to be a part of this for a very long time. Monstroville is an opportunity for an animator like myself, who is located in Pittsburgh, PA, far from ground zero in the animation industry, to work with some of the best talent in the industry working today. There has been absolutely zero pressure from O'Neal or anyone else to crank anything out, although we do have a tentative deadline. I have a full time job, plus do freelance, plus have a wife and an 8-month old son, and O'Neal has never once pressured me to stay up till all hours finishing a scene, or to miss out on anything else. Everyone involved understands where this is going, and what's at stake. We all do this as a labor of love. I for one find myself very privileged to work with my fellow artists and animators. And believe me, coming from where I work, spending 3+ years on an animated pilot is no new thing.


  3. http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1264283119552#c7710960469019905649'> January 23, 2010 at 1:45 PM

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  4. Carlos Said,
    http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1264362272103#c3540960320670822598'> January 24, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Totally agree with Geoff also, as completely proud member of the team... Go ahead O´Neal!!


  5. Strange Kid Said,
    http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1264962597351#c7866091121126714726'> January 31, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    As someone who has followed O'Neal's work for awhile now and seen the tremendous creative talent and monstrous talent he's been able to cull together it's my personal opinion that come what may this project is a labor or love and professional collaboration.

    From what I've learned about the animation business (much like any other industry), pre-production and pitching can last years before they ever see the light of day. Just read any interview by Maxwell Atoms to see how embittering it can make a person. So the fact that these individuals are even attempting to create something for the love of it is commendable, not to mention his willingness to give us an inside view into their process. I sincerely wish O'Neal and his team the best of luck and, as a fan, will continue to follow this project to its completion.


  6. Dave Fontana Said,
    http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1265069387313#c5505625786164158585'> February 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Best O' luck O'Neal.
    Wish I could'a stayed on.


  7. Josh Gay Said,
    http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1265129898054#c3848665577210926759'> February 2, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    I agree with the other posters as well. There was never any pressure and am happy to have made the acquaintances of some really fantastic artists. When things slow down, I'd be glad to contribute again! The bigger question I think is how you got all this talent involved in the first place... Keep it up O'Neal.


  8. mattcandraw Said,
    http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1272650595599#c7515307356604936655'> April 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    the stuff looks great. i have been following Von Kreep for over 5 years now and its neat to see this take shape. Not everyone with an idea has a half million dollars to fast track projects. It actually shows how great of a project this must be to have so many talented people enjoy donating their time over the years.

    Only criticism to this project is i really wished he would have finished his previous project i dig cereal killers first instead of putting it on hold. If Von Kreep ever needed help with the layouts/prepress work to get the book done i would happily volunteer my time.


  9. Von Kreep Said,
    http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1272652536810#c3300022533377637874'> April 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Hey everyone, thanks so much for the wonderful words of encouragement, and outstanding support!,

    Mattcandraw....so thrilled to hear that you've been following my work for the years. As for Cereal Killers, I'd love to talk more about getting you on board with the book. Feel free to email me at vonkreep1313@yahoo.com


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    http://monstroville.blogspot.com/2010/01/message-from-anonymous.html?showComment=1286897368210#c1240021928124511425'> October 12, 2010 at 8:29 AM

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