Posted by Charles on February 29, 2000 at 00:14:35:
We are the agenda.
Our primary purpose is to get as many animation artists as possible out of the studios and into the Empire Room at the Sportsmen's Lodge. Last year we had a good turn out. Many people thought that it was an April Fool's joke. Others were self intimidated and chose not to come, but we had a good showing anyway.
What made the meeting so unusual and relevant was that we had an open microphone. Anyone who wanted to speak was given a few minutes to say what was on their minds. A lot of issues were brought up that would never be addressed in any other forum. The President of the Union was there as were many of the members of the Union's Executive Board. The President of ASIFA was there and also an individual who is currently the Governor of the Animation Peer Group of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Members from Women In Animation were involved in organizing the event.
Members of the animation media were there including the editor of Animation Magazine and people from Animation World Network. Hopefully, they won't ignore this meeting in the press like they did last year. Only AWN bothered to follow up on it in an interview that was buried deep in their web site. My, my. What a little controversy can do.
We will use last year's meeting as the model for April 3rd. It was a postive, solution oriented discussion. Everyone who attended knew that it was something special. I'm sure we can outdo it this year as far as numbers and the vibe are concerned.
TO MAKE THIS EVENT SUCCESSFUL, I NEED YOUR HELP!!! GET THE WORD OUT!!! TELL YOUR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, COWORKERS AND FELLOW ARTISTS ABOUT IT!!! ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME!!! HELP THEM BUILD THE KIND OF CONFIDENCE THAT ALL OF YOU HAVE!!!
I can't do this alone. I'll need assistance in getting as many artists as possible to be aware of it. There will be no charge. The event is absolutely free. Parking is free. Admission is free. There won't be any food, so be sure you eat something beforehand, but coffee and tea will be served at no charge.
LET'S SEE WHAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE COME TOGETHER IN UNITY AND MIGHT!!! LET'S TAKE THE ANIMATION BULL BY THE HORNS AND STEER IT THE WAY WE WANT IT TO GO!!! LET'S SHOW THE WORLD THAT THIS IS THE DAWN OF A NEW AGE AMONG THE ARTISTS OF THIS INDUSTRY!!!
POWER TO OUR PEOPLE RIGHT ON!!!
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