A lively meeting this evening.
I reported that overall employment is fairly robust, and divided equally between feature and television work. Out of 2550 in active membership, approximately 76% are working in staff or freelance jobs. ...
A member asked about tests, and I went into a long dissertation about testing in various studios (much as I did here) and how I believe long tests are A) unnecessary, and B) borderline abusive, because more often that not they don't land candidates the job they're testing for, and a one page test is more than enough to see if an artist can do the work.
There were questions about possible remedies, and I said that we'll have proposals regarding overlong tests on the table in the Spring negotiations. I asked for active members to consider volunteering for service on the negotiation committee, stating that it's good for us to have as much input.
The meeting concluded with a discussion about uncompensated overtime. Members agreed that artists in the studios need to build awareness of the problem and a culture that nips it in the bud. I said that some departments at some studios have cohesiveness and make sure nobody works unpaid overtime, while other departments have an "every artist for him/her self" attitude. I pointed out that this is (in general) a problem more prevalent in tv work, but I had reports of uncomped o.t. going on during some recent Disney features.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30. A panel discussion about Motion Capture and Animation followed.Click here to read entire post