Filipinos can produce inexpensive quality animation

December 11, 2006 12:00pm CST
Feb 27, 2006 Updated 03:08am (Mla time) Erwin Lemuel Oliva Source: FILIPINO animation outlets do not need much money to produce quality animation, an executive of the local animation firm Top Peg Animation and Creative Studio Inc. said. Having produced the award-winning "Tutubi Patrol," an educational and family-oriented animated film, Top Peg believes that Filipinos animation houses can compete with foreign production houses on a shoestring budget and still come up with quality products. "You really don't need much to produce animation," Grace Dimaranan, managing director of Top Peg, told She said that Top Peg spent around nine to ten million pesos for a 13-episode production of "Tutubi Patrol"--a relatively low cost production compared to the 2-million-peso per episode of "Disney-like" animation productions, she added. Tutubi was produced in collaboration with local firm Gecko Productions. Top Peg is still engaged in contract work from foreign companies. However, it has recently started doing its own production to showcase Filipino talent. The local firm is set to release another animation production, titled "Jobert," this time for the teenage audience. "You have to have a clear vision and intent before you start producing animation. After that, you should come up with a timeline. Once you go through that, you now work on your budget and resources," she advised other local animation firms. The company expects to spend around 12 to 15 million pesos for "Jobert." "Outsourcing is still our bread and butter. What we're doing [with Tutubi Patrol and Jobert] is to promote Filipino talent," she added. Top Peg Animation and Creative Studio Inc.
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