Famous Frames Mobile Interactive (www.FFMI.com), a first-wave “new media” company that produces, acquires and distributes original graphic content of all kinds, beta launches its model digital studio today, it was announced by Mark C. Miller, CEO.
The public can now view for free at www.FFMI.com the first “mobisodes” of five new animated series including “The Three Stooges.” Based on an exclusive deal with C3 Entertainment that brings back the legendary American icons for their first appearance in 50 years, the series’ first mobisode “The Grate Debate” has Moe, Larry and Curly running for President.
Another FFMI series is “CybeRacers,” a CGI action thriller set in the future co-produced with renowned Asian animation house Morph Studios that will be offered in three minute mobisodes/webisodes and later emerge as a full-length feature film. Aaron Sowd’s “Masterminds” features the voice over talent of Marvel comic book legend Stan Lee. Duff Clawson’s “The Lucky Shop of Xao Fung” is film noir animation. “Guy Henry” and “Girlband” are irreverent new comedies from ‘Burpo’ (aka artist Stephen DeBonrepos).
“When we started FFMI, people thought we were too out in front,” says Miller. “We were regularly told that nobody wanted to watch multimedia content on mobile devices, that the technology wasn’t there and that the web wasn’t ready for prime-time video. Clearly the game has changed. We’re at the right place at the right time.”
FFMI is a unique, forward-looking venture and an extension of the deep talent roster of Famous Frames, Inc., America’s largest storyboard artist agency that is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. FFMI specializes in animation of all styles in-house and offers a wide variety of graphic content including: mobile movies (some as time released serial content), animated messages and greetings, graphic novels, games, screensavers & wallpapers, and ringtones.
Setting the stage for next generation production/distribution as the industry shifts to a multi-channel universe, Miller and FFMI President Steven Schmidt and their team — reaching across the US to Asia and Europe — greenlit development of FFMI, its creative production slate and multi-channel digital delivery platform (nGen TV/nGen Mobile) in 2005. Last summer, FFMI won iHollywood Forum’s “Best of Show” Award after being voted the most worthy partner and funding prospect by the audience at the 12th Mobile Entertainment Summit.
“Famous Frames artists represent a who’s who of creative talent,” said Miller. “For 20 years our artists have rendered the cinematic visions of the industry’s top directors, studios, networks, ad agencies and game development shops. FFMI allows creative talent to step out, work on their own projects and get the recognition they deserve.”
FFMI and F2D (Famous Frames Digital) go beyond the talent pool of Famous Frames to team up with content providers and partners looking to reach out and connect with their target audiences. Adds Schmidt, “The digital platform of FFMI is tomorrow’s new technology delivered today.” Designed for New Hollywood, the platform is also designed for ad marketing service agencies, direct/event and promotional marketers who want to incorporate robust video management, delivery, and reporting (digital dashboards) into their campaigns to take advantage of the shift in budgets to interactive by leading brands.
FFMI’s nGen platform distributes product across a wide range of formats to digital devices, wired and wireless — PCs, broadband TV, cellular phones, and handheld devices.
“FFMI allows creative talent to distribute their works without the big budget ‘it’s who you know’ barriers of Old Hollywood,” added Miller. “The nGen platform powers up this process by allowing greater artistic control and profit participation. What ‘new media’ comes down to is an immediate interaction between you and your audience.”
“As the Old Media Model becomes history, FFMI will lead the charge,” said Miller. “In association with content partners and creative producers, FFMI will provide full services, from development and production to online/wireless distribution for companies looking to reach an audience anytime, anywhere and anyplace. We’re talking one-to-one targeted distribution.”