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Summer 2019

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E D I T O R ' S N O T E I know I've had that experience and I suspect many of you have too. Authentic creative expression requires vulnerability and by opening yourself up to the world you inev- itably open yourself up to disappointment. That's what happened to many of the artists who worked on The Iron Giant. They poured their hearts and souls into the film then felt devastated when it was pronounced a box office dud. But their story didn't end on opening weekend. Over the last 20 years, the film has earned a cult-like following with many fans worldwide. We reached out to some of the artists who worked on the production and asked them to share their experiences on the film (p.32). Another show is also turning 20 this year—SpongeBob SquarePants. In our Final Note column (p.42), Paula Spence shares her memories from working on the first three seasons of the show and why the experience remains such a valuable contribution to her career. I'll give you a clue: It has to do with the people she worked with. Successful productions are collaborative efforts and learning how to give and get notes can elevate the quality of the work. Not everyone is blessed with diplomacy but you can learn ways to make feedback more palatable. The article, Dos and Don'ts of Notes (p.26), looks at best practices to use when receiving or giving comments. Are you familiar with the compliment sandwich? You will be soon! Cheers, Alexandra Drosu HOW MANY OF US HAVE POURED OURSELVES INTO A PROJECT—PROFESSIONAL OR PERSONAL—ONLY TO FEEL AS IF OUR BEST EFFORT WAS UNDERAPPRECIATED? A COMPLIMENT SANDWICH? CONTRIBUTORS KEVIN HOPPS ("A Super Team Up") has made his career writing for television, starting out in sit-coms as a staff writer for One Day At A Time before moving into animation, writing on shows such as Animaniacs, Shimmer and Shine, and Young Justice. He's a proud TAG member and makes his print journalistic debut in Keyframe. Art director PAULA SPENCE ("Final Note") is marking two full decades in the animation industry; and she made her onscreen debut in SpongeBob SquarePants' "Gary Takes a Bath" episode ( picture above). She regularly bites off more than she can chew, and depends on her husband, friends, family and five cats to remind her of what's important in life. Freelance writer and author KAREN BRINER ("Children in Need") grew up in Cape Town, South Africa where her garden was home to wild chameleons. Her most recent novel is Snowize & Snitch: Highly Effective Defective Detectives. EVAN HENERSON'S ("Dos and Don'ts of Notes") career spans journalism and nonprofit communication. His work has appeared in Orange Coast Magazine, TV Guide and Los Angeles Daily News where he was a staff writer and critic. While earning his Master's Degree from USC, Evan walked the entire length of Ventura Boulevard. SUMMER 2019 7

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