A veteran storyboard artist (who's half out of the biz doing something else) stopped me today and said:
You aware that storyboarders are doing long animatics now? And having to put in lots of extra drawings? There's way more work and the schedules haven't changed! ...
I replied that I was aware of these things.
And that I'm up-to-date on artists taking work home on thumb drives to complete assignments gratis. And staying late at the studio to hit the schedule. And doing lots more drawings than storyboard artists did, say, twenty years ago. (We'll call this "The tyranny of the digital story reel.")
I said that lots of people complain about it, and I always offer to leap in and file a grievance. And most everybody says "Uh, no. I don't want to risk my job."
I explained that non-paid o.t. has been a problem since the day I walked into the business representative's position and saw it percolating at Tiny Tunes, back in 1990. (Then, it was layouts on paper that weren't being compensated.) But I also said that I know a studio department today that sticks together and never does uncompensated o.t. (and the studio goes along), while others at the same facility work uncomped overtime all the freaking time. (Everyone makes their choices.)
He nodded ... and moved down the hall.
This story is similar to anecdotes rolled out here previously, but sometimes it's good to repeat.