Posted by Charles on September 15, 1999 at 00:24:47:
In Reply to: The Example. posted by Dave on September 14, 1999 at 04:47:26:
The situation I described was in 1996. It was my first experience with sending pre-production out of the studio. It was also my last. I have not worked for that studio since. I've also refused work from other studios if that is the way they had things set up. After that experience, I've been much more particilar about the projects I associate myself with. I did indeed try to call them on the carpet for the work that was being produced, but as I described, I was muzzled by the studio and its producers. Everyone is happy now. They don't have to listen to me telling them that their product is garbage and I don't have to breath the same air as they do.
Your suggestion about having directors refuse to direct shows that are set up like this is viable and would be very effective in theory and in reality, but you know as well as I do that it is much easier said than done. A studio like this one can always find someone else to do it. If they don't care about the quality of the production, why should they care about the quality of the director? A little more money and they've got one hooked. I've seen these guys hire a director virtually right out of school. Besides, most directors have families to feed, clothe and shelter. It would be ideal if everyone in the industry felt as strongly about this issue as they should, to the point of making a collective sacrifice, but it's not a realistic scenario for dealing with this kind of situation in this day and age. That doesn't necessarily mean that we shouldn't try to promote this strategy.
For the record, I've said "no" many times. I've walked off of shows whose production was handled in an unscrupulous, unethical manner in spite of the money I was making. I've been a voice in the animation wilderness for longer than I care to mention. I wish there were more people walking around this desert in a bathrobe, but what cha gonna do.
I've said repeatedly that we have much more collective power than we realize. We can bring these studios to a grinding halt if that's what we decided to do. Think of every artist in the industry taking the same day off. A self proclaimed holiday as I ventured to do on April 1st. If we ever do picket the studios, my sign wouldn't demand an end to runaway production or higher wages. It would demand a better quality of management. It would demand an end to the discrimination that artists must endure within the production and planning environment.
If there's going to be a solution, it has to be long term whereby different groups of artists are working together in a positive, productive direction in tandem with a good dose of defiance. More opportunities for competing with the suppressors will present themselves as new entertainment technologies advance and the new media evolves, combined with an ever expanding and empowering collective will backed by our relentless creative energy.
Competition in content, in production methods, access to the global market through new avenues of distribution and synergistic marketing.
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