As you can see from the chart up top, the past couple of years has shown steady animation employment.
Even so, I've gotten a number of calls from folks looking for work (or extra work):
"The freelance has slowed down...They're not looking for extra timers...I've got some board work but that runs out in a couple of months..."
The reality seems to be that some studios are humming along and other studios are slow. Parking garages at some facilities I visit are filled with cars while others ... not so much. What I'm telling people is, "There's work at the studios, but nobody seems to be doing a lot of new hiring."
Below is a more detailed chart of the past nine months. You'll note that employment dropped over the summer, then bounced up again. This is a little deceiving if you don't know that some work under TAG's jurisdiction was organized (IM Digital and Imagi) and that new employment at both those studios -- and there was some -- pushed our totals up.So what's going on? Really going on? From the stats and anecdotal evidence, a lot of people are working but there's no big new projects at the present time driving numbers higher.
When The Simpsons Movie II comes along, when The Princess and the Frog hires produciton workers, the numbers will change. When Cartoon Network and Nick get more shows greenlit, more freelance work will flow. Until then, we'll strive to keep you posted about ever-changing events...