Posted by Charles on September 13, 1999 at 15:51:40:
In Reply to: Why Don't We Set an Example? posted by Jon on September 11, 1999 at 19:04:45:
I didn't mean to suggest anything negative about Canadian animation artists. If I came off that way, I'd like to clear it up. My guess is that the studio that was handling the work on this particular project thought that they could get away with doing the job by handing it to artists who weren't quite ready for it. They contract for many LA studios, so they probably had their best artists working on the choice stuff while thinking, correctly for that matter, that they could pass off sub-standard artwork to the producers and that they wouldn't notice the difference. In this case, it worked.
You're right. We do need capable administrators so that artists don't get bogged down with menial management tasks, but these administrators shouldn't be owning the industry because of their particular function.
There are artists out here that I'm aware of who are in discussions with capital in a manner which the suits would traditionaly be functioning. They dress well, although a suit in many instances of business negotiations out here isn't really necessary, but it is worn when it has to be.
It's not a matter of behavior. It's a matter of will.
As far as helping out is concerned, I have a suggestion. Why don't you create and produce something original. A project that you've always wanted to do. It could be something that was pitched and passed. Something you feel strongly, or dare I say it, passionately about.
Get back to the drawing board and be creative again. Don't sit around, hanging your professional destiny on whether on not you're going to be getting overflow work from a studio out here. That's your bread and butter, but it doesn't mean that's all your studio has to do. Start organizing some local animation talent and get to work on your own epoch, your own ideas.
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