Our CEO, David Kwok giving a talk about Career in Animation at Hillgrove Secondary School
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The conference calls with the 2 potential Chinese Partners went well today. One of them is a key player in Shanghai who has invested in a major US Animation Studio in China. The other is the number one satellite TV station in China. We are honoured that both of them are interested to move the discussion forward to the next stage. Guess we will be heading to China next.
In China, the players have the all in one capability - distributions, promotions, broadcasting, toys manufacturing, theme-park and theme restaurants, licensing / merchandising, investing in TV series and feature film etc. They have the ability to grow Dream Defenders brand in China much further and bigger.
This opportunity really opens up a new chapter for us. Its a whole new lesson for us. It feels like going to school all over again. There is so much to learn. And most of all, we are one tiny step closer to our dream. That is to bring Singapore work to the world. Keep Dreaming. Keep believing.
Posted by TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS at 03:02
Today, we received an important mail from a major media company based in Shanghai. They are the one invested in one of the key US animation studio in China. They mentioned that they are really very fond of Dream Defenders. And would like to discuss further collaboration and distribution in China.
Though we are not sure where this will lead us to. We feel really honored and encouraged. This could just be another chapter for us.
Posted by TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS at 02:59
Some lessons that I have learnt when I first started my own animation studio. Hope it inspires you. Read more of the article here
Posted by TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS at 02:57
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
https://entrepreneurshipinanimation.wordpress.com/…/its-th…/ We are planning to come back to Jakarta to run a 3 days seminar to share more in depth business knowledge in animation. Hope you can help us to do a survey. I would like to find out if there is enough interest before I speak with the University in Jakarta about this.link
Posted by TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS at 00:18
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
We are touched by the warm welcome by the talents in Indonesia. The salary each artist made seems to be a challenge as compared to the rising cost of living in Indonesia. One member in the focus group asked me if I have plans to setup a studio in Indonesia. My answer is I am not here to tap on the low labour cost in Indonesia. I am here to share my own experience in setting up my own studio and how did I manage to bring my IP to a global market. With this effort, I hope it will expose the talents to a whole new world of opportunities and ideas. So that they can build their own studio and secure their own future. In a long run, improve the life of the artists. That is the mission of our trip. I hope to come back again to continue this effort and collaboration. And hope to build more friendship and relationship. It adds meaning to what we do.
Hope our effort doesn't just benefit the students but also the Indonesia Animation Industry. For more pictures please visit our facebook page
Posted by TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS at 02:36
A talk on IP creation at the Binus University. Hopefully what we shared in IP creation will inspire younger generation of Indonesians to build their own future in the animation industry. And fight for their dreams just like what we did. For more pictures please visit our facebook page
Binus University and Binus International is one of the top private University in Indonesia. We are honoured to have established the relationship with them. We look forward to work with them as an industry consultant and share with the students our knowledge and experience.
Posted by TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS at 02:28
Friday, 8 May 2015
Due to some reasons, I was not arranged to see the major Chinese Players at the market. These players are amazingly big. They owed themeparks, TV stations, toy companies, theme restaurants and shopping malls.
My Korean business friend told me not to give up. Asked me to gate crash. (I like their courage and spirit. Something we should learn from) So I humble myself and tried.
I took the courage and went right in. When I saw them, I started by apologizing for intruding and beg them to give me a chance. I told them that I will be fast as I do not require interpreter. At the end, the Chinese were impressed and they are ready to discuss about bringing Dream Defenders in larger scale in China. I am really thankful to my Korean friend for his encouragement.
It used to be an advantage for Koreans who speak English in Korea. Now it is Chinese Language that many has started to learn.
One lesson I learnt from this experience is not to neglect the importance of language skill. I used to wonder what use do I have for being able to speak Cantonese, Chinese and French. Now it becomes a blessing when I do business with French, Hk and China. You don't have to read and write. At least able to speak and understand. Even a few words will make the difference in relationships. This could be your advantage and you might be thankful like me someday.
Business opportunities to meet someone important do not happen everyday. Once you see it. Don't hesitate. Don't think twice. Take a deep breath. Go for it. Whether you fail or succeed. At least you try. If you lose the chance, you might never be given a second chance.
Once I saw Jeffrey Katzenberg in his car at Dreamworks. The car stopped. I hesitate whether I should go forward and introduce myself. In the end, I didn't have the courage. Now I can only regret. Ha ha.
Posted by TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS at 01:05
Monday, 4 May 2015
My Korean Journey
2007 was the year I went to MIPCOM for the first time. A Japanese American Consultant was very kind to share his frank opinion about our work. He said "David, your work is good. But nothing extraordinary. Walk down to the KOCCA booth (Korean booth). See how fast they have progressed. It's amazing. Every year, there is something different. Something new. So I went there to take a look. I was totally blown away. I really admire what they have done. I told myself that we must work very hard to improve ourselves.
Since then, I started going to their booth yearly to arrange meetings in hope to build a relation with them. And hopefully we can work together someday. Initially some of them were skeptical about me. Several executives were wondering who is this foreign guy who kept coming to our booth.
Over time, I have proven myself and has earned their trust. Today we have built such good relationship and friendship with some of their major players in their industry. Dream Defenders is what it is today was a motivation from the first time I went to the KOCCA booth. Working with them has been a valuable learning opportunity for me.
In business and work, friendship matters to me a lot. I believe in treating others with all your heart and sincerity. Though the focus of business is to make money. But integrity and relationships comes above money. Today, I have established such strong relations base on the above principles.
Over the years, I have learnt so much from them and I am forever grateful. Now I hope that I can give them back from what I have learnt from my own experience in Dream Defenders. By sharing with them what I have learnt in globalisation and my relationships in North America.
This is something I will never forget. "In Korea, we shoot then we aim" That is how fast they move. Thank you my friends in Korea for teaching me. I will always value and treasure this friendship. 감사합니다
Posted by TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS at 03:18
David Kwok, CEO of Tiny Island Productions (which produced Dream Defenders Adventure Series) and CG Protégé Animation School will be giving a talk in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Date: 9 May 2015
Time: 09.00 - 12.00
Venue: BINUS University (Jakarta)
Registration: Send your name and contacts to firstname.lastname@example.org
The story of Dream Defenders Adventure http://cartoonsunderground.com/…/behind-the-scenes-tiny-is…/
Public Seminar on "Selling Valuable Characters in Creative Field"
- What is Valuable Character?
- Preparing Your Character to Industry
He will be sharing the company personal experience on how did they bring Dream Defenders to the Global Platform and hoping that this experience will inspire more Indonesian talents to build their own IP and build their own company in future.
Please help spread the word, guys!
Posted by TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS at 03:16