A larger than usual turnout at tonight's membership meeting, and lots of animated discussion on written outlines disguised as premises, too-long storyboard tests, and the amazing shrinking storyboard (aka "production board") schedules...
For some reason, people seem exercised about working sixty hours and getting paid for forty while staying on deadline with storyboard schedules that get shorter and shorter.
"The usual rotation used to be six, even seven weeks for a half-hour production board. Now studios expect it in five weeks..."
"The producers don't like the shorter time lines, because boards are just adequate, everyone is straining just to get them done. But upper management insists..."
"Every studio wants more drawings for the animatic to look good. But there's less time to get them done..."
Consensus seems to be that schedules need to reflect how long it actually takes to do a half-hour television board, that some studios want five pages for a premise while at other studios the premise lengths are okay. (But three or five or ten page "premises" are actually outlines, and should be paid as outlines).
Everybody had to exit the building at eight o'clock. Discussion continued for another hour in the parking lot.