Posted by Charles on October 13, 1999 at 22:54:42:
There was a post of mine entitled "A Message For Animation Executive Management" which was on the board for a 24 hour period. After re-reading it, I decided to delete the message and its thread.
The message itself came off much harsher than I realized at the time of my writing. Although it precisely described my feelings, it was not in the best interests of our movement to leave it up. I took it upon myself to practice my own medicine and get rid of it as something that was beneath the work we are striving to do, although I must admit I had fun composing it.
My feelings about executive management are not something that I particulary care to hide as visitors to this site are well aware. When I hear about the layoff of artists due to the policies and decisions of animation management here in the Los Angeles area, when I see the struggle of my talented friends who are trying to support their families, when I see the inside of animation studios that are now offices with no artists other than freelancers, when I see non-creative managers who are left untouched by changes in the industry while artists bear the full burden of this transition, I naturally get upset.
We've made alot of progress even though many in the business still have to suffer through the times. My intention was to give the community courage and hope, though my language was intense and my comments inflamatory. I want to continue to push this in a positive direction. It's not about them. It's about us.
As a reminder offered in the spirit of the new tradition we're establishing, please keep your comments professional. It doesn't mean that they have to be squeeky clean and antiseptic, but try not to engage in the kind of derogatory dialogue that anyone can fall victim to on occasion given the emotional nature of the subject.
With that in mind, brothers, sisters, friends, colleagues, associates and well meaning observers, let's get back on track and forge a future for our industry and art in which a web site like this one will not be necessary, and the issues we debate are ancient news.
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