Posted by Jon on February 14, 2000 at 18:28:54:
In Reply to: The "S" Word posted by Charles on February 14, 2000 at 14:47:46:
Here's the thing, guys. Management is still screwing itself, but I believe American animators can do TV work for about the same cost. The way they do it is by managing the production themselves. Take away all the dollars wasted by bad management, add it to the Philipino budgets, and you end up employing a lot of animators, getting better animation, eliminating waste, etc. etc.
TV animation has been turned into brain surgery. It shouldn't be, especially for the size audiences it gets. Most of the TV series suck anyway, so why do the big boys insist on trying to squeeze blood from a turnip by making the production all that much more complex. It was never meant to be that complex.
The thing about TV animation (I already hear some of the feature guys yawning) is that it's readily available. Great for tiding guys over until their next big assignment. In the mean time, young blood can cut their teeth on this stuff. Learn the ropes. It keeps the industry vital rather than stagnant.
For this to work in LA, the Union needs to rethink everything it's doing. Are they willing to do that to save the industry?
I make a pretty good living doing TV animation, but it seems like nobody else wants to.
Can I get a "amen" or should I shut up?
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