Posted by Dave on December 03, 1999 at 01:24:33:
In Reply to: Hey Sam! posted by Jon on December 02, 1999 at 16:59:47:
: I've heard costs for overseas production - BG's and rough animation thru "work print" (if you'll allow me to use that word for convenience's sake) - for anywhere from $125,000 to $200,000, depending on the series and the studio. Do you know we can beat those costs here in the US? And that's with good animators making good money, and less experienced or less productive animators making decent money. The key, as Dave Brewster has said, is in the director. Directors who are overly finicky can kill animators and deadlines alike.
In series work your edge is your ability to execute quickly and to keep it fresh. When series directors (or producers) eat all the animation production time to rework it or play indecisive with details can be living hell (oh yes, that is why they love to send it to people overseas, because they gain time themselves without having to be responsible). The limited time you get to do the work is too short for that so it is usually the production crew that makes that up. When I was doing series we lived in the studio.
This also applies to long distance features.I worked on for countries outside (Europe and the US when it was not economically advantagous to do so). Of those long distance productions Bill Kroyer was the best director. He was specific and clear in exactly what he wanted from the scene and if the scene hit the mark (even if it wasn't EXACTLY what he would have done) he was ok with it. It can be total joy to know you are not going to have to change an entire scene because the director had something a little different in mind. Really good directors dont direct after the scene is done but let you know what they expect before hand. Having vision.
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