Seeing as this is my inaugural post on the Blog .. Hello all! I'm Steve Kaplan and I've taken the illustrious and honorable Labor Organizer position with our beloved Guild. I am interested in meeting as many of you readers and members as I can. Please drop me a note or stop by the Guild office and say "Hello".
As is expected in my first few weeks here as the Labor Organizer, I've reached out to the artists I've worked with and met in my travels over the past few years. I've encountered a lot of feedback on my new employment; much of which I will be sharing here to both enlighten the group and to gather opinions and reactions. The first topic I was interested in feedback on is the name of our organization.
More than I expected, I hear something like this from visual effects artists:
The Animation Guild will represent us? But, I'm not an animator. I am [modeler, rigger, texture artist, lighter, insert other vfx labor category here] Is there a VFX Guild?To this, I always answer the same. "The Guild currently represents visual effects artists as well as traditional animation artists". I know too little about traditional animation to be able to list all the jobs and tasks that it holds. I can certainly expound on what it takes to get CG art from its beginning stages to the screen. I can safely say that both fields have artists whose job isn't to take an object and/or character and move it from one location to another in a series of frames. I can also say that among our membership are artists who perform those tasks for both traditional and CG animation.
Many people I've talked to also don't realize that our Guild changed its name from Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists back in 2002 for the same reason. As the title of the post implies, I agree with W. Shakespeare on this topic. However, I do see the advantage of a proper moniker. It helps identify our organization to the parties that should know of its existence. So, in the interest of better exposure to visual effects artists while not alienating our traditional animation artist brothers and sisters, what would be a good addition to our name? The Animation and Computer Graphics Guild (TACGC)? The Animation and Visual Effects Guild (TAVEG)? I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments.