Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Meet a real crimefighting Watchcat




For one great moment in time, The city of Los Angeles turned into Gotham City for a very special tribute to Adam West. 


A couple of Weekends ago, we asked our friends on Facebook to help boost our views on our Watchcat episodes and other videos on our Youtube channel: WatchCat Films. We started the weekend with Watchcat01 = 597 views and Watchcat02 = 968 views. I am happy to report that Watchcat 01 is at 634  and Watchcat02 jumped up to 1,033 views. We also have reached 98 subscribers to our WatchCat Films channel. Keep the views coming!

A lot of the recent increase in views is the result of a person who was using our Watchcat logo without our permission. A few week ago, we had never heard of Martinsville in Morgan County, Indiana, but there is a crime watch group known as the Martinsville Watchcat who prowl the streets, keeping their eyes open and reporting crime or any suspicious activity.



The leader of this group is Brian Wagaman, aka wagswayz on Youtube. He came up with his Watchcat group about the same time we started to animate our first episode. Just by chance, we saw the video below and were surprised to see our Watchcat logo in his video.


At first, we contacted YouTube, but since we are not a corporation, they couldn't do anything for us. I emailed Brian through his email page and discovered that he had found our logo and thought it was a stock image.

"I started a crime watch group called WATCHCAT...
To find a logo i just googled watchcat and found the eye with cat ears. I had no clue how to reach anybody to ask for permission to use it, so i was hoping it was just a stock image. 

But...i totally understand your position and i will refrain from using it in future videos. I do apologize. I assure you i did not intent to make any gain monetarily with the logo, we just needed a symbol that stood for the good people in town that warned the criminals that we are watching."


After watching some of Brian's other videos, we discovered he's also a musician, tattoo artist, cat rescuer as well as crimefighter CatMan!

I'm not sure if Brian dresses this way when he fights crime, but if he does, that's one dude I would not like to meet in a dark alley!
It turns out, Brian is one of the good guys and helps cats who have been abused or abandon. He also keeps watch on his fellow humans with his WATCHCAT Morgan County, Indiana post on Facebook. A place where residence can report their concerns and help keep their town safe. 

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And so, we want to help this cause by allowing Brian use our logo as long as he gives us credit and a link to our Watchcat Films Channel on Youtube. We also would like him to help us promote our films to his subscribers as well. 

We are glad there is a real life Watchcat keeping the streets safe in Morgan County, IN.


Check out Brian's YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/wagswayz and his facebook page.

Do you have a real Watchcat story or a picture of your real life Watchcat? Let us know and we will include it on this blog. Send your stories, images, etc to heyjimr@gmail.com

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Our Tribute to Batman, Adam West!

Last Saturday, we reached out to our Facebook friends to see if we could gain a few more views on our Watchcat episodes. That same day we learned the news that Adam West had passed away. 
I'll let Greg handle the rest of this post, since he is the biggest Batman fan I know.

I was always a big fan of Batman.
Ever since I was a little kid. I loved reading the comics and I've especially loved watching the 1966 TV show, "Batman" starring Adam west and Burt Ward. That show really opened up my imagination on wanting to be a storyteller at a very young age.

So I guess it's no surprise that as an adult, when I came up with an idea of a crime fighting neighborhood cat that protects his city, at night, in the shadows, from bad guys, that Batman would be a big inspiration for that.

Even our Watchcat logo is a nod to the great bat signal in the sky.


I had a great opportunity to meet with Kevin Conroy who voiced Batman in Batman: The animated series,
 

but one person in particular I always wanted to meet was Adam West.


I guess you can say if it wasn't for Adam West being Batman, there might not have been a Watchcat.๐Ÿ˜ผ


And so, It is with great sadness that I lost a childhood hero. Adam West has passed away at the age of 88. He was Batman to me and the Batman TV show was my all-time favorite show of the 60s, along with the Green Hornet. My brother and I would play Batman and Robin when we were growing up. To this day, we still quote lines from that iconic TV show.
 
I remember as a kid being excited when I first saw the Batman movie that had the Cape Crusader's against their Rogue Gallery of Villains, that included the Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman. The Riddler was my favorite villain. 


I can still remember how excited I was coming home from school, when they were playing Batman reruns and seeing my favorite episodes "A Piece of The Action", and "Batman Satisfaction" which pitted Batman & Robin against the Green Hornet & Kato.


And who could ever forget the introduction of Batgirl. I loved everything about that show, the look, the music, especially the theme and even the camp humor. I never missed an episode, through all the good ones and even the bad ones. 

But Adam West also did a lot of voice work for animated shows throughout his career, most recently as the mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island on Family Guy.

And the thing that made the show work was was Adam West. He always played Batman with a certain amount of integrity and never played him for laughs. He was Batman. I only wish I could've met the man once just to say thank you. 
๐Ÿ˜” Well..thank you Adam West for being Batman๐Ÿ˜ƒ
#RIPBatman


NEXT WEEK!  
Meet a real crimefighting 
Watchcat in Martinville, Indiana!
Same Watchcat Wednesday, Same Watchcatfiles Blog!

Do you have a real Watchcat story or a picture of your real life Watchcat? Let us know and we will include it on this blog. Send your stories, images, etc to heyjimr@gmail.com

We have 14,950 all time views and only one Follower! 
We need more Followers.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Special Watchcat Request

In a period of 24 hours, views of Watchcat 02 have increased from 657 to 958, which means that 300 people have suddenly discovered our video on Youtube. We are hoping more will let friends know and boost our views over the 1,000 mark during the weekend.

We think Youtube will collect views if you click on the videos below. 
If not, please click on the videos on our Youtube channel, Watchcat films. Thank you!


Our first episode is currently at 592 views and we are also hoping that we gain more views as well. 


Make it a Watchcat Weekend!


Next Watchcat Wednesday;
Our Tribute to Batman, Adam West




Monday, June 5, 2017

Watchcat Pre-Production

We reported last week that our Watchcat eye logo was used in another person's Youtube video without our permission.
Since we are not a corporation like Disney or Dreamworks, it seems Youtube really can't do anything about it. 
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Hi WatchCat Films,
Thank you for your notification. It appears you have made a claim on behalf of a company, but your account is not associated with a corporate email address. Please understand that YouTube receives a large number of fraudulent copyright takedown requests, some of which involve impersonating the company that holds copyright to the material in question. In order to prevent this, we need to ask you for more information.
Please help us verify that you are affiliated with the corporate entity listed as the copyright owner in your notice. There are several ways you can do this:
  1. If you have a corporate email address, please forward this message to that address and then respond to copyright@youtube.com from there, preserving the ticket number in the subject line. 
  2.  If your company doesn't have a corporate email address, please provide a website or other publicly available listing where we can verify your company's existence and your affiliation with it.
  3. If neither of these options is applicable to you, please provide an explanation.
  4. If you do not actually represent a company, please let us know.
Please understand that the content will remain live on the site until we have received this verification.
- The YouTube Team

 
In the meantime, I am storyboarding 5 episodes of the next Watchcat series, you can see the first two as rough animatics if you click here. I'm concentrating on drawing up the storyboards frames to create a final version as an animatic. The animatics will all have final sound fxs and music. We hope to show them to see if we will be able to make a real animation series or just finish the animation the way we want it to look.

I really don't think I can devote all my time and effort animating these next episodes by myself. I discovered that the first two episodes, each about 3 minutes in length, took me a year to produce. And so, I am asking for an interested animators out there who know Toon Boom Harmony to email me at heyjimr@gmail.com. If you have time to produce a scene or two, perhaps you could use the final scenes in your animation portfolio. 



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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our Watchcat logo

We have been blogging about our productions of Watchcat since 2014. In fact, if you do an image search for "Watchcat logo", you might find the outline of our logo from this post from my animateducated blog.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


WatchCat in Progress!

I thought I would let you know about a new web series I'm working on called "WatchCat". Every Wednesday, I am posting a "Making Of " blog entitled: The WatchCat Files. Without spoiling our first webisode, Its a little behind the scenes and attempt to document the animation progress of this project.

So take a look and see what you think. Any comments or suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated...

Imagine our surprise when we did a simple search.on Youtube to discover a video posted using the above Watchcat logo used by a different YouTube channel. The video is live action showing our logo and displaying "Watchcat Headquarters". There is signage of our logo throughout the beginning of the video and ends with the same logo. 

I discovered that you can report activity like this to Youtube and I'm currently waiting to see what happens next. I really don't want to make any enemies here, but its not right to take someone's artwork and use it without their permission.

We would like to hear your thoughts about this situation. Have you ever had your artwork used without your permission? Let us know.

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Did you know that by clicking on the ads, Google will give us money so we can donate it to a local animal shelter. Everytime you visit this blog, click away on the ads to show your support and help us help some animals in need! 
 

This month, your clicks  have gone from $3.70 to $4.55 . Right now, were only at $31.55 and Google won't write us a check until they get $100 or more in clicks.

Its working! Thank You!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Watchcat Rough Animatic 05

Last week, we showed you our first rough animatic of a next Watchcat episode. We introduced you to a mysterious criminal, who was able to hide and avoid the police, but is discovered by Watchcat in the end. 

Here now is part 2 of a continuation from last week's episode, where we begin with the criminal running away from Watchcat.

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Thanks for Clicking! 
Did you know that by clicking on the ads, Google will give us money so we can donate it to a local animal shelter. Everytime you visit this blog, click away on the ads to show your support and help us help some animals in need! 
 

This month, your clicks  have gone from $3.70 to $4.55 . Right now, were only at $31.55 and Google won't write us a check until they get $100 or more in clicks.

Its working! Thank You!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Watchcat Rough Animatic 04


We have been working on a new series of Watchcat adventures which begins with Episode 4. Below is a very rough animatic of the first of a 5 part webisode which we will be releasing once a week. This is work in progress and we invite your comments and feedback, if there's anything that is confusing or doesn't make sense, please let know and we will make the changes.

I know its rough, but the last scenes show the bad guy watching the police helicopter fly away. He leans back to breath a sigh of relief when we spots Watchcat looking down at him. We cut to black and hear Watchcat's voice say "Gotcha".

We also will improve the animatic by adding sound effects and appropriate music cues, this first animatic uses wall to wall mood music to help our Music Composer come up with the final track.
 
Here's your chance to help us make this the best possible episode with your comments and suggestions. Be a part of the creative process, leave a comment. The next episode will continue the story where we left off next Watchcat Wednesday. 

Here's a link to our next episode: http://watchcatfiles.blogspot.com/2017/05/watchcat-rough-animatic-05.html

The tip jar is working!

Ever since we let you know that Google counts ad clicks, converts them into money and eventually will send us a check after a goal amount is reached. We discovered the clicks have been happening more and in fact in April, $3.63 was generated by 6 ad clicks. So far for May, we are at $4.38 with 9 clicks. Keep clicking, you are helping!

Again, we want to use this as a donation and to promote Watchcat. For years, my family and I have helped foster kittens at our local Animal Shelter and would like to hand them a check from the earnings of this blog. So far, we are at $31.55 and Google doesn't pay out until $100 or more has been reached.