While walking around TCAF a ton of conversations I overheard involved boarding, backgrounds and other animation type gigs. One publisher even wondered aloud what would happen if Adventure Time went off the air. And this Deadline story tells the story: LA-Area Animation Jobs At All-Time High. While there’s lots of film work, it’s also in TV:
Jobs in TV animation are also on the rise. “The work has really increased on the television side,” Hulett said. “There’s more storyboard work and design work, and it’s all driven by animation’s profitability. Animated television shows have been a great cash cow and profit stream for the conglomerates. They can make them for at a competitive price, and they have a long shelf life.” New media is also creating jobs for animation workers, he said, noting that DreamWorks is producing Internet content for Netflix. Hulett noted that the good times in animation are creating many good-paying jobs for other workers in the industry as well, including voice-over actors, editors, and sound technicians. “The growth here,” Hulett said, “is coming from all the preproduction work – the storyboards, layout, animation scripts, character design and key backgrounds.”
I can’t even keep count of how many indie cartoonists make a living doing animation work, but the number of them moving to LA is an indication, as is this Tumblr post which asks: WHY IS STEVEN UNIVERSE SUCH AN AMAZING SHOW?!
BECAUSE REBECCA SUGAR, IAN JONES-QUARTEY, KAT MORRIS, BEN LEVIN, JOE JOHNSTON, JEFF LIU, PAUL VILLECO, RAVEN MOLISEE, LAMAR ABRAMS, ALETH ROMANILLOS, HELLEN JO, HILARY FLORIDO, KATIE MITROFF, ELLE MICHALKA, DANNY HYNES, COLIN HOWARD, ANGIE WANG, STEVEN SUGAR, EMILY WALUS, JASMIN LAI, AMANDA WINTERSTEIN, TIFFANY FORD, EFRAIN FARIAS, KEVIN DART, STU LIVINGSTON, LAUREN ZUKE, LAUREN HECHT, MATTANIAH ADAMS, NICK DEMAYO, JACKIE BUSCARINO, CAROLYNA ROBEZZOLI, ALAN PASMAN, CHRISTY COHEN, LISA ZUNICH, CHUCK AUSTEN, CARDER SCHOLIN, AIVI & SURASSHU AND A BUNCH OF AMAZING FREELANCERS, OVERSEAS ANIMATORS AND POST-PRODUCTION PEOPLE AND ALSO THE WHOLE CAST HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD TO MAKE IT AMAZING!!!!!!!!
How many familiar names can YOU spot there? Chuck Austen!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.