Some days I don't know what I use for brains. I drove to Fox Animation on Wilshire (where Family Guy and American Dad are created), for some reason expecting to find lots of people back after the writers' strike.
Stupid me. I knew from last time that artists were cycling off to extended hiatuses as the work ran out. But there was no way they were going to be back yet, since writers have only returned a few weeks ago and there's no backlog of work yet ...
Both the FG and AD units are still semi-deserted, the large rooms filled with empty cubicles. There's some directors and designers around, a sprinkling of board artists, but most everybody else is still on extended hiatus.
A few artists still have layoff dates staring them in the face, but they're okay with a little time off. One said:
The last four months I've been stressed out. And sick a lot. I haven't been on layoff, but the waiting and non-stop worrying about what was going to happen got to me ...
The question most asked was: "So, are the actors going out?"
I said I didn't know. If it isn't one thing, it's another.