Posted by Charles on March 02, 2000 at 01:50:28:
In Reply to: Too big for the suits. posted by Charles on March 02, 2000 at 01:14:11:
It's been a while since I've related an animation management tale. Here's a good one.
A friend told me about an encounter he had with an executive secretary at Sony. He was contacted by his agent about dropping off his portfolio at their studio as they were looking for an art director. He had plenty of experience working in this capacity. On his way over, he called this executive assistant, whereupon she directed him to drop off his reel.
Reel? He's a pre-production art director. A reel isn't necessary nor appropriate. When he got there, he tried to hand her his portfolio. Aside from being as rude, arrogant and obnoxious as they come, she was agast at seeing the size of his book. She informed him that the executives who were reviewing portfolios didn't want to see anything larger than an 8 1/2 x 11 presentation. He tried to explain that larger portfolios were quite common as reproductions as small as the ones she wanted many times couldn't exhibit detail in artwork adequately.
Being the assistant to animation executives, she was of course apalled by the fact that a mere art director was telling her what was appropriate as far as portfolio presentations were concerned. Everybody knows that animation executives simply will not tolerate a portfolio that is bigger than 8 1/2 x 11 as it will simply not fit upon their desks. When she found somebody who was willing to actually touch the thing and carry it in her office, she informed the artist that other large portfolios had been submitted and that none of them had been opened, nor would it be likely that they would even be looked at. But she'll forward his resume. Isn't she sweet.
Now that's what I call a woman who has the best interests of the company in mind. There ya go, Sony. Hope you find the right art director for the job. It really helps when you have executives and their pea-brained assistants discriminating against artists whose presentation of their work won't sit nicely upon a desk top. That's how Walt judged artists, I'm sure.
Only goes to show that in the world of animation executives and the idiot assistants they employ, size does matter.
Hey Sony artists - plan on showing up on April 3rd or are you happy grazing in the pasture.
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