I am happy right now because this year all cooking + clean-up duties are done early! No longer do any of us are staying up till 3-4 am the night before 1st of Syawal, doggedly vacuuming the whatever area that was left to be vaccuumed or mopping that last bit of floor! I can sleep early! (relatively early XDD). No looking like zombies in the morning as evidenced through past Eid photos!
To all who are celebrating - have a very good one and those who are travelling back to their home towns, safe journey and take care!
Talking about the recent tragedy that hit MAS airlines, I had an insensitive friend who said that he would not want to fly Malaysian Airlines anymore as his life was too precious. But it’s not as if MAS was asking for two tragedies within four months. Its just…
The new Batgirl re-design (or what they’re calling it, Bagirl of Burnside) I drew a fanart of is now available for prints at my society6 page. It’s also available as T-Shirts, Tote Bags, Throw Pillows, iphone cases and other stuff. Go check it out!
China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from taking part in Ramadan fasting, government websites said, prompting condemnation from an exile group on Wednesday.
aw man!! I love goopy custard filled cream puffs. But I also have to admit that one of the very best cream puff I’ve ever had was 2 halves of choux pastry filled with a towering mound of whipped cream and fresh strawberries slices. So good.
Ha, I know crap all about the world cup cos I malas nak follow. All I know England keluar early, US had staying power,…
what you know is what I know and aku pun malas nak ikut. Though that biting thing is the most interesting thing to happen in WC for me so far. Kalau dia tak kena ban entah berapa orang lagi kena gigit XDD
There’s also the possibility that they outsource the animation work overseas for cheaper labor, then the people…
no worries XD The fact that you made a similar observation points to how this could be a likely scenario. I mean, we’ve already seen this happening in smaller cases within the industry. No telling how it would turn out in a much bigger scale…only time will tell.
Hey I know you didn't write that but can you explain why is it bad that animation companies send their animation production overseas? I mean, from what I read it sounds like "well no other country is ever as good as USA so if they send the production to, say, India, they're gonna do a sloppy job bc they're not as good as we are, so the animation industry is ruined forever bc now POC are making our movies" I don't mean to sound rude, but that's how I understood it. That's why I'm asking. Thanks!
Well, in my opinion- it’s not bad and it’s also bad but not for the reason you seem to think it is. You have to see it from a WAY bigger angle than what you currently think, and no, it’s nothing to do with the colour of people’s skin. As explained by the Bancroft’s Brothers, it’s got everything to do with the business side of animation.
For one thing, outsourcing animation to other countries will be a good thing for us overseas (I live on the side of shores that WILL actually benefit from this. I am a POC myself, living in Malaysia - one of the countries that had animation + visual effects artwork outsourced to us, still has in various entertainment sectors e.g games, etc). There will be good job opportunities for animators here, and at the same time we (as companies/ individuals) will have a fairly good portfolio and high profile jobs to refer to for future projects.
But then you have to remember if any company choose to outsource their works overseas - it’s to CUT DOWN ON PRODUCTION COSTS and REAP BIGGER PROFITS. Meaning that they won’t be paying overseas animators the same rate the animators in USA will be paid. Nope. We get paid less for the same amount of job. Also, sometimes outsourcing work overseas allows certain company to avoid from paying business-related tax, or avoiding union rules that applies to USA to protect their workers. All that can easily be evaded if your work is done elsewhere.
Now having lower productions costs and having bigger profits sounds like a pretty good deal right, if you own a company? This also means that MORE of such works can be done far more efficiently by some other people elsewhere, making the company fairly competitive in the field. Which leads to more companies adopting this practice. Which means more are able to offer the same service of reasonably same/ better quality. More supply. More wrangling/ bargaining chips. Simple business rule: MORE supply than demand = lower price. If this keeps happening - read the paragraph below.
My concern for this is due to how the visual effect bubble burst a couple of years ago. It culminated with the accolades and awards won by Life of Pi, whose visual works were done by Rhythm & Hues. R&H had for several years outsourced the works, among others, to their Malaysian studio. Cheaper for Rhythm & Hues to operate here, yes, which is why they opened the studio in the first place. Great opportunities for animators here to work on high profile project, yes. Everyone benefited for the first couple of years. Except that other VFX companies are doing similar practices - which leads to VFX being something that’s almost taken for granted because every company are able to do it at a good turnaround rate, and because of that - they get more competitive, price-wise. So in turn, companies have to offer lower and lower prices for the VFX jobs they do, despite it being something difficult and time consuming to do. What happened is that no one is profiting anymore. Shortly after Life of Pi was released, Rhythm and Hues declared bankruptcy. Aside from the fact that there had been less opportunities for VFX artists in US itself at the height of the bubble, the Malaysian studio was also shut down. All those VFX artists and animators suddenly had no job and no choice but to move on elsewhere. And the irony is that this is the film that had gone on the strength of its visual effects to heighten the impact of the story to finally win the Oscar titles it had won. Despite that, everyone else LOST. Doesn’t matter what skin colour you have - everyone lost in the long run.
So like the Bancroft Brothers said - one ripple can set in motion something that can affect this industry as a whole. I may be wrong on how this may play out, because Disney had been outsourcing longform format for TV (like their Disney Playhouse shows) overseas for many years now. But there haven’t yet been any outsourcing in huge scale for ANIMATED FEATURES coming from Dreamworks and Disney so far, and I think that’s where a huge chunk of profits from such companies come from. I’m not a clairvoyant, merely an observer who had a bit of experience in the industry - so I can’t say that this will definitely go down the path of the VFX fiasco. My concern is when company bigwigs decided a fairly big profit for a movie opening night is NOT big enough despite it being a decent number that they would want to squeeze as much profit as they can by outsourcing work overseas for future projects. It sounds like doing it for all the wrong intention. So it might, or it might not play out like the VFX mess -because there’s a lot of other factors to weigh in as well. But it’s definitely something to think about.
Wow, I’ve totally written an essay, LOL. But I hope this answers your question :) This whole issue… it’s definitely not as myopic as ‘POCs are ruining our animation industry because they’re not as good as we are’ - Nope. That’s not it at all. But I do think that if companies are using POCs overseas to make animation because it’s cheaper… well you have to wonder if that’s going to play out well for everyone in the long run, and whether it’s FAIR to do so - for both those who are doing the works overseas and those whose works are potentially taken from them.
Just something to think about :)
edit: My mistake - The Malaysian unit of R&H did not shut down but became an independent studio (under a different name) because R&H acquisition by a competitor’s company did not include the Malaysian facilities. So that’s one fairly happy ending among the many stories of bust-ups in the VFX fiasco.