I wasn't planning to go to multiple studios today, but sometimes you do more driving than you want to.
At Disney By the 134, The Princess and the Frog, I was told by a Top Dog:
"We're completely done now. We just finished the color transfer, we've finished the music. Now we wait and see how the picture does. We're sandwiched between Avatar and the Chipmunks, so it's up to the audience now for how it does ...."
I told him I thought The Princess would open with good numbers. I am a positive, optimistic person ...
Elsewhere at the hat, a still-disgruntled animator wanted to know why the company was cutting artists' salaries the way they were. My analysis:
1) Because they can.
2) Because they've made the judgement that there's a big enough talent pool to draw on if somebody quits in a snit (i.e., the recessionary market will support the cuts ... because there are qualified folks out there who will work at lower wages.)
3) Because Pixar salaries are lower (based on available evidence) and management is trying to align the labor costs of the two studios a bit more.
I'm sure there are other reasons, but those are the ones I rattled off.
At Dreamworks, wandering through the story department, I found out a new factoid. Pacific Data Images, DreamWorks' studio outpost in the Bay Area, has its own story department.
Stupid me. For the last eight years I thought all the storywork was happening in Glendale. A board artist related:
"PDI has had a story group for a long time. We used to go up there for meetings. It's not real big. I think they have maybe fifteen artists ..."
One of the features that PDI story artists are now working on is Madagascar 3. It's in the early stages, but there are roughly equal numbers of artists working on the new installment up north and down south.
Have a fun-filled weekend.