Personal Overview Of 2017 And Plans For The Future

Personal Overview Of 2017 And Plans For The Future

Personal Overview Of 2017 And Plans For The Future

2017 was a great year for the RegularCapital blog, the blog is now three years old and this year was the blog’s most successful year yet. As of writing and according to Google Analytics, this blog has had a total of 306,304 page views so far this year with six days to go, in the same period last year, the blog had 231,079 page views, thank you all for reading as every view makes this blog worthwhile. I hope I’ve been a reliable source for news relating to Cartoon Network (although I do the odd clumsy mistake), as I had a lot of positive feedback.

I prefer blogging rather than doing actual YouTube videos for numerous reasons, first of all I’m not exactly an outgoing person and not a great speaker, if I did present YouTube videos with the news posted on the blog, I reckon I’ll reach a lot more people. In my opinion, blogging is better, for users, it’s easier to find information because search engines such as Google index text-based content a lot better than video (I could write video transcripts but that kind of defeats the purpose), it’s significantly faster to write a blog post than record a video as I am able to explain things in more detail. I will continue to upload Cartoon Network UK/Boomerang UK/Cartoonito UK promos on to my YouTube channel as long as Turner UK is still fine with it.

There’s a lot of improvements I could make, for instance, I could cover Adult Swim a lot more, but the problem is a lack of time and I run the site all by myself, with the help of some friends for sources. This year, I went to the UK premiere of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Hands of Time, met Ben Bocquelet and Mic Graves at a special The Amazing World of Gumball screening and also met Daniel Chong at a special We Bare Bears screening in London at BAFTA in London, all those were memorable moments I’ll never forget and thanks to Cartoon Network UK for inviting me to write about those events.

In 2018, there will be some changes, I will no longer support anyone on Patreon, up until yesterday, I supported animation YouTubers – RebelTaxi and Saberspark, the reason why I’ve stopped supporting is because of a conflict of opinion regarding Cartoon Network USA’s current business practices (most particularly scheduling) and as a result I don’t want this blog to be associated with the content discussed in their YouTube channels. This isn’t because I have a problem with Pan Pizza (RebelTaxi) or Saberspark, they’re really good YouTubers and probably the best in terms of animation YouTube channels, especially RebelTaxi. I can see the uproar caused by the schedule by airing Teen Titans Go! so much, but there’s an app now, people can watch their favourite shows anytime they like, even new episodes before they air on television, this is progress, but people just ain’t used to change. As “cord-cutting” is a lot more prevalent in the United States, I can see Cartoon Network having a standalone subscription streaming service and possibly merge it with their existing Boomerang streaming service but as a separate package or alternatively, Warner Bros., Turner and HBO could run a combined streaming service or fully-integrate with DirecTV’s NOW service if the AT&T merger is approved.

Also a lot of channels on YouTube covering animation news tend to be very “cookie-cutter” (again – this year’s scheduling controversy), they’re often have videos with clickbait titles or offer a vague opinion or their opinion is wholly based on popularity of said opinion in the “animation community”, though, RebelTaxi and Saberspark don’t necessarily fall into this category of YouTubers.

Instead, the money will be reinvested into the website, in April 2018, my current web hosting contract with PickAWeb will end, I hope to stay with PickAWeb as they’ve been very reliable and their support has been really good, the extra money will be funded towards better a hosting package, hopefully SSD (Solid State Drive) hosting, this will make the website load even faster. SSD’s are also more reliable and environmentally friendly because of no moving parts and have lower electricity consumption.

PickAWeb are a little bit on the pricey end of hosting, but they’re UK based, use enterprise grade hardware, have better server software (CloudLinux, Litespeed etc.) than most hosts which often comes with a premium and have a high reliability rate, also the site is running surprisingly well on shared hosting, rather than dedicated hosting. The website is 100% funded by myself as I class this as a hobby rather than a job. I did have adverts on the site a few times as an experiment, but this was mostly to see if the site can support itself financially, but the ads had no relevance to the content, are of low quality or provided a service which are quite frankly, a rip-off, I don’t want to be associated with this companies. I also don’t expect anyone to pay me for running the blog, I do the blog purely on choice.

In 2017, I’ve been optimising the site, the site now uses Cloudflare’s CDN (Content Delivery Network), I have attempted to use Cloudflare back when the site was hosted on Heart Internet but I ran into a few problems, PickAWeb’s integration with Cloudflare has helped me to alleviate this issues. The use of Cloudflare on the site makes the site faster and protects the site when there’s a web traffic overload, Cloudflare will fetch a copy of the site from the user’s nearest Cloudflare server rather than the web host’s server in London, which is useful as I have a lot of readers in other parts of the world. The blog is now using the WPRocket plugin, this makes the site load faster by caching and minifying the HTML, JavaScript and CSS used on the site. Earlier this year, I’ve made the move to HTTPS by buying a SSL certificate, Google now considers HTTPS to be a ranking signal for search engine results, so such a move was advantageous. Images are also optimised for the web by using the Imagify WordPress plugin.

Once again, thanks for reading my blog and for supporting for what I do. 2018 is going to be a great year for Cartoon Network, much better than 2017, a brand new show – Unikitty! will premiere worldwide as well as the new Cartoon Network original series’ – Craig of the Creek and Summer Camp Island, along with the new Megaman animated series, a brand new Boomerang original – Taffy and much much more.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and have a great 2018.

Skwigly Animation Composed Podcast With The Amazing World Of Gumball Composer Ben Locket

Skwigly Animation Composed Podcast With The Amazing World Of Gumball Composer Ben Locket

Skwigly Animation Composed Podcast With The Amazing World Of Gumball Composer Ben Locket

British online animation magazine website – Skwigly has started a new podcast about music in animation, which includes interviews with composers and various music clips. The second episode features an interview with Ben Locket, the music composer for Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball. Music in television and films is considered to be an important creative element, as it sets the tone and emotions expressed in the scene and as a result, it makes it easier for the viewer to comprehend what’s happening in the scene and to interpret the characters’ feelings. Music can be used to express all sorts of emotions and situations including happiness, sadnessness, fear, mystery and suspense. The intensity of the scene can be expressed by increasing or lowering the tempo of the music or increasing or decreasing the volume.

According to the interview, Ben Locket first met up with Ben Bocquelet (creator of The Amazing World of Gumball) while he was still working in the advertising industry. Ben Bocquelet had an idea for a new cartoon and was planning to pitch it to Cartoon Network’s new development studio in London, but he needed a composer and Ben Locket had the skills and talent required for the job. Composing music for a show can be hard work, not only it involves writing the music and strict deadlines but due to Gumball’s wide variety and themes, Ben Locket has to find different people from various genres of music ranging from hip-hop artists to opera singers to produce music for the show. As the show progressed, music production got into a rhythm (pun unintended), it became more prepared and organised. Every episode requires different music and some music is reused occasionally. Music production for the sixth season for The Amazing World Of Gumball is underway and Ben has been working on some brass band music for the show, the sixth season of Gumball will have over forty episodes.

Ben Locket has also worked on a two-part film – Revolting Rhymes, based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, the film premiered on BBC One in the UK last Christmas. In May this year, the film had a live music performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland. Also in the podcast’s second episode is an interview with Gareth Davies – the composer for CBBC’s Scream Street.


http://www.skwigly.co.uk/podcasts/animation-composed-1-2/

Cartoon Network UK Children’s BAFTA Awards 2017 Nominations

Cartoon Network UK Children's BAFTA Awards 2017 Nominations

Cartoon Network UK Children’s BAFTA Awards 2017 Nominations

Today (24th October), BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), has announced their nominations for this year’s Children’s BAFTA Awards. This year, Cartoon Network (also includes Boomerang) has received a total of six nominations across five categories. The Amazing World of Gumball has been nominated again in the Animation category and also in the Writing category, so far, The Amazing World of Gumball has won eight BAFTAs. Cartoon Network UK has been nominated in the Kids Channel Of The Year category for this year’s awards, the channel won the award in 2014. Cartoon Network’s virtual reality mobile app – Adventure Time: I See Ooo has been nominated in the Interactive category. In the Short Form content category, Cartoon Network’s anti-bullying initiative – Buddy Network and Boomerang’s The Happos Family have been nominated.

This year’s awards ceremony will be held at The Roundhouse in London, on Sunday 26th November and will be hosted by actor, writer and comedian – Doc Brown.

List Of All 2017 Children’s BAFTA Awards Categories With Cartoon Network Nominations:

Animation

The Amazing World Of Gumball

Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves, Sarah Fell – Turner/Cartoon Network

Revolting Rhymes

Production Team – Magic Light Pictures/BBC One

Shaun The Sheep

Will Becher, John Woolley, Richard Starzak – Aardman Animations/CBBC

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Production Team – Lupus Films, Bear Hunt Films, Walker Productions, Herrick Entertainment/Channel 4

Channel Of The Year

Cartoon Network

CBBC

Cbeebies

Truetube

Interactive

Adventure Time “I See Ooo”
Antonio Grasso, Ben Trewhella, Anil Glendinning – Turner

The Gruffalo Spotter
Development Team – Magic Light Pictures & Nexus Studios

Hey Duggee: We Love Animals
Phil Hoskins, Keith Davidson, Peter Hickman – Scary Beasties Ltd and BBC Worldwide

Virry VR
Martin Percy, Svetlana Dragayeva, Joanna Fogler – Fountain Digital Labs

Short Form

Cartoon Network Buddy Network
Daniel Fuller, Simon Dean, Charles Battrick – Turner/Cartoon Network

The Happos Family
Patricia Hidalgo, Richelle Wilder, Erica Darby – Turner/Boomerang

Morph
Merlin Crossingham, Helen Argo, Peter Lord – Aardman Animations/Sky Kids

Share A Story 2016
Production Team – CITV/CITV

Writer

Adam Tyler
Screwball! – TrueTube

Joe Williams
Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe – CBBC

Paul Rose, Luc Skyz, Mikis Michaelides
4 O’Clock Club – CBBC

Writing Team
The Amazing World of Gumball – Cartoon Network

A list of all the categories and nominations for the 2017 Children’s BAFTA awards can be viewed via the link below:

http://www.bafta.org/children/awards/childrens-awards-nominations-2017

BAFTA Press Release: http://www.bafta.org/media-centre/press-releases/nominations-release-childrens-awards

http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk