Frequently Asked Questions

I am an animator with no/a little/a lot of experience, should I apply?
If someone signs up, are they guaranteed a spot on the production team?
Will it be a production like the one from Anomalia?
Where is the on site located?
Where do I sign up?
Can foreigners be a part of this?
Does one have to commit full time, or can it be done part time?
How different is this from what digital domain did with charging students to work on films?
Will you have to purchase a commercial license for Maya to participate?
Which rigs are you hoping to use? Morpheus 2.0 or build our own?
How many intakes will you do per year?
How much will the program be?
If the project gets picked up, will I automatically get a job if I was part of the Collabs that made it?
What would you say the potential profits would be for this when it comes to fruition?
If the money we pay as students is used for the preproduction, does that mean that the preproduction people (i.e., Modelers, Riggers, Character designers) won't get a piece of the pie?
How much access will the online people have compared to the ones on site?
I have applied already, but I don't know If I put enough information on the cover letter. How can I add to what I have already typed in?
Are we all gonna pitch ideas? What kind of system would be used to decide what to produce?
Can I apply again if I’m not accepted the first time?
Is your goal for this to get to a point where people don't have to pay to be a part of this?
When is the registration deadline? I want time to update my reel.
If student and mentors are doing the film and is is going to be a profit, does everyone share the profit of the finished product?
Is this just for animators or other CGI disciplines as well?
How did you come up with this idea?
I am an animator with no/a little/a lot of experience, should I apply?

ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY who is interested in Collabs should apply. Part of what will determine our success is our ability to demonstrate the interest in this program, so if you are a total newbie or even a working animator that wants extra training, you should definitely let us know your interest by Applying.

If someone signs up, are they guaranteed a spot on the production team?

We will be accepting applications until June 6th at which point we will be building a team that will be participating in Collabs 2014. The acceptance into the program is based on your demo reel and cover letter. We are looking for enthusiasm, a good work ethic, and overall a passion for animation. ALL skill levels will be considered.

Will it be a production like the one from Anomalia?

Our work with Anomalia is what led us to develop Collabs. Collabs is obviously a longer, more intense, and more in depth course than was offered at Anomalia 2012; however, Anomalia labs is our European partner and we are developing towards linking together multiple Collabs all over the world.

Where is the on site located?

On site is located at Arconyx Animation Studios in Sherman Oaks, California.

Where do I sign up?

Sign up on Collabs.arconyx.com and do it soon! Spots are filling up very fast.

Can foreigners be a part of this?

Foreigners are encouraged to sign up for the online Collabs; however you are allowed if you have a visitors Visa to take workshops, which is what Collabs qualifies as, so if you can work out accommodations then you are welcome to apply for onsite Collabs. We’re trying to work out a deal for accommodations for foreigners. Check back here for updates on that.

Does one have to commit full time, or can it be done part time?

The onsite is a full time commitment. The online Collabs is going to be very intense; more intense than any online course out there. It is not recommended that you do the online Collabs unless you have a job that permits you to join us during the day for the dailies, lectures, and webcasts. It is more geared towards people in school with a part time job or junior animators between jobs.

How different is this from what Digital Domain did with charging students to work on films?

We are very wary of following in the footsteps of studios who have taken advantage of students. Digital Domain was charging students to work on THEIR properties. Collabs on the other hand is just like any other production level animation course with the ADDED benefit of YOUR finished product being pitched and marketed by a professional in the industry.

Will you have to purchase a commercial license for Maya to participate?

Since this is a course in which we will be producing a commercial product, you will have to have a commercial version of Maya to participate. We will point the online participants to the 3-month license of Maya that Autodesk offers.

Which rigs are you hoping to use? Morpheus 2.0 or build our own?

We are going to use the most cost effective methods to produce our animated piece, whether that means leveraging available assets or creating our own. Remember this is a course in which we are going to produce something brand new, so it’s anyone's guess as to what it will be at this point.

How many intakes will you do per year?

We are still working out the schedule for Collabs, but the tentative schedule is a Summer 2014 and a Winter 2015 Collabs at which point we will figure out how to integrate and collaborate with some world wide partners. After that, the size of the projects that we undertake and the distribution model will determine the number of Collabs that there are.

How much will the program be?

Please see the About Page.

If the project gets picked up, will I automatically get a job if I was part of the Collabs that made it?

Absolutely. As we are working together during Collabs, your skill level will be assessed, and a suitable role will be assigned to you. You will be given the right of first refusal to reprise that role when the project is picked up.

What would you say the potential profits would be for this when it comes to fruition?

This is a production level animation course with the added benefits of your project being marketed to the industry when it’s done. You should not think of this course as a “get rich quick scheme” or as a short term investment, but rather as the first and only course that promises to work hard to get the IP sold.

If the money we pay as students is used for the preproduction, does that mean that the preproduction people (i.e., Modelers, Riggers, Character designers) won't get a piece of the pie?

We cannot change the industry in one day. The way that it works currently is that anybody that pays for a project owns the project, meaning all of the students of Collabs are in a way banding together as producers to make this original IP. You are, through Arconyx, hiring professional artists to set up and improve the project that you are paying for. So in short, all of the profits are only going to be split between the Collabs participants, at least for the first Collabs. The long-term goal of the venture is to have a world wide networked animation studio that shares profits with ALL of it’s artists, but we need to take it one step at a time.

How much access will the online people have compared to the ones on site?

In general, you will have constant access to the studio through a live stream, and will be joining us for all of the lectures, dailies, and webcasts as well. We are using the online pipeline through Theoryanimation.com so your experience with the pipeline itself will be no different whether you’re onsite or online. The benefit of the on site is live hands on interaction with me and my special guests, full run of the studio, and a workstation for you to use among other things. Please check the About Page.

I have applied already, but I don't know If I put enough information on the cover letter. How can I add to what I have already typed in?

Send additional information through the Contact Page.

Are we all going to pitch ideas? What kind of system would be used to decide what to produce?

Leading up to our start date, there will be regular meetings via webcam to discuss the project we are going to work on at Collabs. We will discuss ideas and I will be taking advice from my industry contacts (directors, writers, producers, etc.) as to what kind of project will in their opinion have the most success. I will combine their advice with our discussions and the right project for us will hopefully be very apparent.

Can I apply again if I’m not accepted the first time?

Yes, please apply for the next Collabs if you are interested in participating. Spots are filling up very fast already.

Is your goal for this to get to a point where people don't have to pay to be a part of this?

Yes, the goal would be for the global network of Collabs to be an animation studio operating under a brand new business model, where the artists are respected and included in the rewards of their films’ successes.

When is the registration deadline? I want time to update my reel.

The registration deadline is June 6th, 2014, but seeing how fast spots are filling up since the announcement, it is a much better idea for you to get your application in sooner rather than later. We anticipate every single spot WILL be filled in Collabs 2014.

How is the profit sharing organized?

Each Collabs will have an LLC that all the participants will be profit-particpators in. When the project is sold, distributed, licensed, optioned, or any other activity that generates revenue, the net profits will be evenly distributed among all of the Collabs members.

Is this just for animators or other CGI disciplines as well?

Collabs is primarily for animators, but everyone who is interested or inspired by our new business model should apply.

How did you come up with this idea?

In late 2010, I pitched the idea of a production level short film course to Anomalia.eu. We tested the concept in Anomalia 2012 and successfully completed a four minute film during that course. It wasn’t until 2012 though that I started to see some serious inequities taking place in the industry, and that they were only getting worse with time. I have been designing this course for a while, but it was the events that transpired after the Oscars that really spurred me to offer it this Summer instead of waiting for next Winter. I am confident that our model will inspire change in the industry and I am excited to be a part of that change.

If you still have questions, please visit the About Page.



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