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    Adam and Antony Murphy - Imaginears scam

    Hello ConceptArt friends

    My name is Francesco Giroldini, I currently work at Blue Sky Studios as Lighter/Compositor.
    I am the co-director on "The monk and the Monkey" and "Animation Tag Attack".

    I previously worked at Pixar and Dreamworks.

    Recently I've been the victim of a scam from two individuals, Adam and Antony Murphy, who go by "imaginears", who took my art and storyboards and without my knowledge attempted to launch a kickstarter in order to produce a short film.

    They contacted a bunch of previous and current Pixar, Dreamworks and Sony employees and were going around showing my original art and asking them to appear as testimonials on their kickstarter.

    Sadly they were able to get a lot of friends of mine to do work for them, either for free or at discounted price, all because they did not realize about the scam until I blogged about it.

    I posted the full story here:

    http://giro3d.blogspot.com/2013/10/s...maginears.html

    Please share, so that no more artists will be hurt by them

    thank you!


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    Adam and Antony created a blog with the intend to defame me:

    http://imaginearsanim.blogspot.com/2...otherwise.html

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    They created a blog to defame me, and within hours they shut it down:
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    Sorry to hear of your troubles, Francesco. Seems like this kind of thing happens all too often.

    Also, apologies for your posts getting snarled up in moderation. I've approved everything now. If you have any more problems, let me know.

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    Adam and Antony Murphy, the scam artists from imaginears, are trying to go around kickstarter in order to crowd-finance a short film based on my original art and storyboards (which are shown in their fundraiser movie behind them)

    http://steampunkal.com/

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    Hey guys
    The twins hired a NYC firm to send me a cease-and-desist letter that asks me for $250,000 in damages for contributing to their Kickstarter failure. I hired an attorney to reply to their claims. In the meantime I created a blog specifically to host the story of Adam and Antony Murphy's Scam:

    http://imaginearsanimationscam.wordpress.com/

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    Oh dear - sincerest condolences for having to go through with this bullshit Francesco

    I'm at a loss for words at the sheer disingenuosity, nerve and audacity of these two. Especially if they dared to sue you for their own failed Kickstarter (???).

    I've had my own fair share to deal with (Aspirants in the industry, and life in general) - always unpleasant. Hope you can claim some money back from them for your attorney fees and for wasting your time in general.
    "Never regret thy fall from grace, O' spirit of Icarian flight, for the greatest tragedy of them all to face, is to never feel the burning bright"
    Believe my lies, for I tell the truth about them. Or would you rather me lie about telling the truth?

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    Thank you for the support! I am currently looking into taking legal action in the UK. I'll keep the forum posted on any development! thank you!

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