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Posted by Jon on April 08, 2000 at 11:49:37:

In Reply to: What am i doing wrong?? posted by dirtymack on April 08, 2000 at 10:58:14:

I happen to be one of those who doesn't think an education at Cal Arts or Sheridan is totally necessary (no offense to grads of either of those institutes). I got into the biz when I was a fed-up truck driver. I had half a year of art fundamentals and life drawing under my belt, when I got into animation in Australia. You know, where they HAD a TV animation industry (unlike the US).

I am convinced you can learn more working for a year as an assistant animator in a TV animation production house, than in 4 years at a popular animation school ... and of course the beauty is that THEY PAY YOU as you learn (as opposed to draining you and/or your parents of the equivalent of a journeyman's annual wages).

That's also why I think the Union should rethink its current contract and allow studios to pay TV animation assistants a minimum wage (or close to it, with a low footage rate) as an entry level position. From there they could progress to TV animator (at a low footage rate, compared to feature animators), or feature assistant. It may seem like I'm advocating slave wages here (Federal law PROHIBITS "slave wages", but I AM talking about much lower earnings than the Union contract stipulates), but if you think about it, it means we are fostering economically feasible production here in this country.

It also means we are developing a means for young animators and assistants to get meaningful production experience in a relatively "safe" quality environment (if your animation sucks, who cares? So does Asia's.)

TV animation production is the bread-and-butter work. Out-of-work feature animators, with their skill and know-how, would also be able to pick up extra cash in between gigs.

Before you know it, we will have a huge, thriving industry again. It will prove to the big studios why animation production should've never left these shores.

Can anybody else see this happening?

Don't get me wrong: I am not saying lower wages for TV animators is the entire solution. Management needs a complete attitude make-over, too.

Forgive me for using your post as an excuse to get on my soap-box, Dirtymack.

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