04. Craft the story well
I hope [that the reason The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea have been so well received is] a combination of the recognition of the craftsmanship of the teams involved and the universal appeal of the stories.
05. Do it your way
Irish animation has been booming, with Irish companies working on projects for major studios that are seen all over the world. I've noticed our own work from Cartoon Saloon being used as an example of how it's possible to create something of value outside the traditional studio system. I feel other animators look to us as an example of what's possible in the independent realm.
06. Keep showing up
I think the biggest lesson we learnt was to keep showing up. Even when times were tough we always went to every festival and market we could, and the connections made there eventually paid off – as well as the constant presence showing a commitment and staying power that many companies don't have.
Eventually you become a trusted part of the scene. But underneath all that you have to keep a focus in quality and good relationships with your friends and competitors in this small industry.
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