Posted by Trevor Keen on December 03, 1999 at 14:44:12:
In Reply to: Creative Financing? posted by Jon on December 02, 1999 at 09:24:04:
As a Canadian animator who never headed south (although I did work in England), I read your message with interest. The Canadian animation industry is not the predatory juggernaut you'd think, at least not in Toronto. For decades it has suffered from a glut of talented artists who either have to leave the country or work at tiny studios for crap money, or work at large studios for crap money. Freelance wages of CAN$20-30/hr are the norm for junior work. One guy was paying assistants CAN$6/hr. Most fulltime salaries are under 40K. There has never been anything remotely resembling a union, except at the CBC. Disney is pulling out of Canada. Why, I'm not sure. The venerable old NFB, always off by itself in its own solar system, is being gutted by government cuts.(And it always struck me how few of the filmmakers there were Canadian.) More schools than ever have animation courses and are cranking out grads. The local papers have switched from their fairy tales of Sheridan-grads- walking-straight-into-60K-jobs-at-Disney to alarmist warnings of why-are-our-best-people-leaving. Once in a while, the Quebec seperatists start yelling referendum and our dollar takes another dive.
What's the solution. A union here would certainly help, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. Our media calls us Hollywood North, but we're certainly not that. I doubt that we're Seoul West, either, though.
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