Next week's meeting.

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Posted by Charles on March 27, 2000 at 18:53:09:

If you plan on stopping by on April 3, don't forget to eat something beforehand as food will not be
served. Only coffee, tea and water.

Please do not bring any cameras of any kind. No Videotaping or photos will be allowed. No audio
recording either.

The format for the meeting will be explained once we get started. I'll get the ball rolling with my opening
comments. The microphone will be available to anyone with something to say on a first come basis. There will
be a limit on the amount of time each speaker has to make his or her comment. The time limit will depend on
the number of people wanting to speak. It will be not less than 2, but not more than 5 minutes long. If a
debate starts, we'll let it run its course until I feel it's time for the next speaker. Representatives from ASIFA, the Union and Women In Animation will have the opportunity of speaking first if they choose.

You are perfectly welcome to vent. Just keep your language professional and avoid naming any individual. I don't think this problem will present itself, but if anyone badmouths any specific individual, they will automatically and immediately forfeit the microphone.

The meeting will be pro-active and solution oriented. If you are coming to discuss runaway production for example, come prepared to offer some ideas that will inspire a solution oriented dialogue.

If you are representing the Union, ASIFA or Women In Animation, you are encouraged to bring materials to pass out such as membership forms, Union sign up cards, etc.

I plan on making the subject of the growth of animation in new media one of the centerpieces of conversation. If you are an independent filmmaker or are interested in going that route, it would probably be a good idea to attend.

Rebels are welcome, of course, but make sure you've got a cause. It would be a good idea to bring some writing materials to jot down notes, business cards to pass out, etc.

I anticipate an intimate group this year. If we wind up with a smaller gathering than last year, that's ok as we will probably be able to accomplish more. Remember that this is still a grass roots act of defiance against the machine. Outspoken individuals are welcome, but keep it professional.

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