Posted by sam on October 18, 1999 at 21:39:24:
In Reply to: BIDDING posted by Dave on October 18, 1999 at 17:19:59:
concerning the PBS thing, as you've been discussing with 'mako' whom i know very well
is that, yes! u.s. studios can send things overseas. PBS does tell their patrons
that 'their money' is working for them. that becomes more of a PBS accountability issue than
one directed toward canadians. according to what you have stated, nelvana has had a good working relationship with PBS for years. and if that's
the case, then why go anywhere else? as far as contributions go; hmmm. let's see canada has like...25million and the u.s. has like...250million. all right. i guess it's the thought that counts, eh?
our 'artist owned' company, little wolf entertainment, was asked to bid on the 'osmosis jones' project. little wolf and another studio that i've collaborated with on projects, to show
a larger workforce and more resources to draw from. together we put together a competitive bid, taking in mind the canadian dollar factor. as i would have guessed, the contract was awarded to
a canadian studio. now what should be noted about this situation is that we were told that the decision was made based on 'experience' and 'financial' concerns. as far as i can gather, our experience level is no less than the studio to which it was awarded. AND....WB had not even received our quotes yet. so how could they base
the decision on financial considerations? i purposely put together a bid that would be competitive...even with a canadian dollar.
the issue of 'experience' was interesting too. although others took complete credit for these events, i was the primary person responsible for the first 'feature' contracts to be awarded to a texas studio. the first was space jam and according to the producer of that movie, our studio was rated #1 among ALL the other satellite studios that contributed to that film. other films that were done at that studio represented, at minimum, the same caliber of artistic ability. i started little wolf and our first contract out of the gate was 'anastasia'. and our work was well received there too. i am also a regular contributor to animated spots for warner classics, even though there's no shortage of laid off animation talent in LA. so the 'experience' issue that was brought to me at WB feature seems to be more 'smoke' than anything else. i was also told that decisions in the direction of the canadian studio had been well underway even before the bidding process began. this is what i was told. i don't have much more to go by than this.
so why were we even asked to bid then? maybe you can lend some insight. it did not seem too much like an open bidding process to me. and yes, it's
irritating. but i hold no ill will toward canadians. i don't believe it's that simple. the union may be just as responsible for running working out of LA. not a pretty thought but it should be addressed. i just want to have the opportunity to continue doing some good work on great projects in a field that i am fully dedicated, and more importantly fully qualified to do....at any level. and it would be nice to be paid a respectable wage too.
more on the BIDDING issue soon. too late now.....
zzzzzzzzz...... oh yes...if ya'll would, please drank a beer on behalf of the animaters here in the lone star state. we'd be much obliged!!!
wish i could be thar' fer that thar' gitogether too. mebee soon.
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