Yesterday was the International Animation Day (28 Oct), a global event established by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) since 2002 with the aim of promoting the art of animation. To celebrate this meaningful event, an animation studio in Hong Kong spent the summer creating a short animated documentary titled “Why Hong Kong? 10 Surprising Fact About Hong Kong!”
The animation was created by João Seabra and Filipe Andrade at their studio “Jump Willy“, which is based out of Cyberport. The award-winning studio was founded in Porto, Portugal in 2007 and have expanded to London, Los Angeles, and eventually here in Hong Kong. It provides bespoke creative solutions from digital media ads for major brands like BMW, H&M, and Cisco, to full-length animated TV series.
João Seabra working on the Hong Kong Island 3D model
Having been in and out of the animation industry for more than 10 years, I have witnessed many the ups and downs – from the heydays of Imagi and Centro, to the market-wide downsizing and M&As (including my own animation studios back in 2008…). There was a time when we thought the market isn’t here anymore. But come to think of it, there’s always demand for animation and digital media content, the key is really knowing how to pivot and find the sweet spot in the market. As the saying goes: when there are risks, there are more opportunities.
I am glad and excited to see new players coming into the market, and I certainly hope Jump Willy can help Hong Kong jump start her creativity when it comes to original content generation.
And apparently, this animation piece came in the right time when Hong Kong is at the spotlight of the world news! Please help spread the word by sharing this awesome animation short!
– By Brian Jeuan Ho
If you have heard of the Business Model Canvas, you would have probably heard of the book “Business Model Generation” by Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. It was a remarkable book contributed by 470 “Business Model Canvas” practitioners from 45 countries, and widely valued by the startup communities worldwide.
On 27 October (next Monday), the sequel to this valuable book – “Value Proposition Design” will be officially launched in Hong Kong. There will be an official book launch event from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the PaperClip, where you may have the chance to do a videoconference Q&A with Alexander Osterwalder co-author of Business Model Generation. Continue reading
Our site was offline from last Monday afternoon to Thursday evening (13 – 16 Oct), and the Job Board was out of service for 4 days straight.
I apologize for all those who couldn’t access the service and for any inconveniences caused.
I wanted to assure all of you that our site was NOT hacked (I know it’s pretty hot out there right now…), and thus no data was compromised – all of your information is still kept safe and secured. Continue reading
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