Posted by Runaway on February 17, 2000 at 14:46:57:
was anyone at the Union meeting on runaway production, tuesday night?
I got the impression that pretty much everyone who attended was unemployed for various reasons. Production leaving town being one, and there seemed to be a growing trend for studios to replace experienced people with cheaper trainers and recent graduates, although this has always gone on, only now more prevelent.
While I got the impression there was still no real answer to the problem, it does seem from the politican who spoke, Scott Wilman that there is momentum gaining within the live-action community to bring awareness and education to the government level about the sheer impact of the subsidies outside of califonira available to film makers. and their effects.
Besides job loss, the social strain when the government must pick up the tab for medical costs when benefits run out and also the lack of consumer dollars going back into society.
still felt that few solutions were addressed to solve the animation dilemma. Are subsidies to studios going to make that huge an impact on TV and feature production. As long as corporations continue running our field, all that matters to them is the bottom line and their shareholders.
I have also felt there is a lack of education among the production folks, producers and heads of studio who cannot see that experieced artists save money to a production. When work sent out of house to save a buck has to be fixed when it returns, are they actually saving that much money?
Any how many more union members can local 839 lose before it can no longer sustain itself? The figure of 1000 members gone inactive was brought up by the business rep. Where memberhsip sits somewhere around 1700 now.
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