Posted by Jon on May 01, 2000 at 14:49:27:
In Reply to: Jon and Dave discuss the new world order. posted by Dave Brewster on May 01, 2000 at 13:31:57:
First of all, I don't think all transitions have to be sad. I searching for an example, and I'll let you know when I've thought of one.
In his first letter to the Thessalonians there's a nice little admonition from Paul to "make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands ..." I always felt animation filled that bill pretty well. You could throw a Pink Floyd CD in, clap on the headphones, clip on your exposure sheets and start drawing ... mind your own business, enjoy the work of your hands, do it all quietly.
Now we have problems. It's hard to say it's the end of the boom, because there really is MORE demand for animation than ever before. We, American animators, have failed to hold on to our share of it. It's not ALL our fault ... but I think some of it is. If only because we left our future in the hands of idiots.
And all this stuff is part of what I was talking about a long time ago, way back on the first board ... namely, that with this new world order/global economics, everything has to even out. Americans gotta starting lowering their standard of living if we're going to be able to do anything to generate income. Our labor is just too expensive.
That grim reality can be put off for a while by eliminating the incredible waste (monetary, time, AND artistic) in various layers of corporate bureaucracy. The United States used to be leaders in industry and agriculture. Now we're the leaders in organization charts.
Adding to our dilemma is the fact that while global economics change, technology is even more of a wild flux. The All-Knowing Prognosticators of the Universe have told us - and many of us have believed them - that since the Internet will be the predominant form of entertainment in the future, Flash Animation is the way to go ... despite the fact that it is really a poorly designed presentation software, designed for the limitations of an archaic transfer system. It's like when they told us Balloons would be the popular mode of transportation at the turn of last century.
We can put our skills to good use. We should be able to enjoy the work of our hands. Are we like buggy-whip manufacturers ... simply out-moded?
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