Check Out Flu-Fighting Animated Video

Our friend Mark Simon, an animation veteran whose credits include Timmy’s Lessons in Nature and Luke and Reece Save the World wrote to let us know about an animated project he produced last spring that is proving to be quite popular and topical these days. The short is called Protect, Don’t Infect and it was created for the Orange County Health Department to help spread the word on how to prevent getting sick! Obviously, with the media having a field day with all the alarmist reports on Swine Flu, it’s great to see an animated view on the subject.

‘It’s really fun and is in all the schools in Orange County Florida,’ says Simon. ‘This Telly Award-winning video (live-action produced by Omni Productions) has been a big hit. We have posters and props all through the schools and county buildings.’

Simon says it took about five weeks to bring in the seven-minute piece from concept to delivery. Willie Castro was lead animator on the Flash-animated piece. ‘The character art from the project was exported directly out of Flash for the client to use on props, posters and promotional material,’ he adds. ‘Having the original art in vector form meant the art would scale up for any use with no extra work. I love the look of the characters and the backgrounds. We were allowed the freedom to have fun…and we took it and ran. For a government project that is basically about washing your hands and covering your mouth when you sneeze, it’s a really fun short to watch!’

The talented Mr. Simon is also offering a teleseminar/webinar on ‘How to Protect Your TV Show Ideas,’ with his wife Jeanne Simon on May 5. The master class will focus on what you can and can’t do to protect your ideas, when you shouldn’t worry about protecting your ideas, copyright protection myths, why you need to sign submission release and non-disclosure forms ‘ and why most stories of stolen concepts aren’t true!

Patric Verrone, president of the WGA and head-writer/co-exec producer of Futurama; Marc Zicree, writer producer on Star Trek, Babylon 5; Linda Simensky, senior VP of PBS Kids and Joel Andryc, exec at Saban, ABC Family Channel and Fox Family Channel will join Simon in this useful panel. The session begins at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m Pacific and costs $49. For more info, visit www.hitmakerseminars.com