" PARTY OVAH HERE!"
Seems like it.
As i type this today, There are currently no American studios providing the main animation production for their own popular action shows( action shows as we know them ). All of the animation is outsourced to be done here.
Why is that?
you would think of all the fans of these dvd movies and tv shows who talk about "American animation, versus japanese animation," they'd at least know that what they really mean is " Korean Animation versus Japanese animation" right? lol.
Popular 2-d animated Tv shows today are conceived, designed and storyboarded by and for Americans, but not animated by them.
The korean talent today is amazingly staggering, their output is faster and at a desireble level of quality for the studios and that's definitely part of it.
But what's discouraging kids from wanting to pursue a career in this business? and what's discouraging ( or stopping ) studios from wanting control of every aspect of their all-American ideas and keeping the legacy of American talent, in all aspects, in-house? Money/Overhead? lack of Unions support? Lack of interest/ Talent available? A lot of questions come up when me and my colleagues discuss what's changed so drasticly and why? It could be a myriad of things. Things i dont have the time or space to type, lol.
Whatever the theory, it hasn't slowed the fact that there's an increasing amount of work being outsourced over here today more and more.
At one point, Character and BG Layouts from the storyboards in preparation of key frames where the chores of the American animation studios, but now even that is done here ( save for a few mandatory expression references).
And within the last year, i'm starting to see STORYBOARDS come over here now as well.
From the looks of things i have to ask: will there be NO STORYBOARDING JOBS available in the near future?
"WU TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN!"
Many will be surprised to know that the new talent here in South Korea--as well as the States-- are losing interest in taking a TV animation job because it doesnt have the same allure as Video Game production ( outside of feature jobs in the USA ). More so in South Korea, TV animation gigs are known for being low pay, hard working gigs. There's an increasingly shrinking interest in jobs for TV animation production here in South Korea.
Also, the newer generation of Korean artists are now interested in creating their own projects and are actively pursuing them more and more, largely in the "MANHWA" market ( Korean Comics ).
While in the states, it seems as if the talent pool in the 2-D action arena is bottoming out. Studios in 2-d Tv animation in America have given up as a whole on pursuing and nurturing new talent. There doesnt seem to be major & active, effective programs really being enforced ( when you compare it to Feature ) for getting larger levels of talent out of school and into the pre production stage.
That's the down side.
The up side of it? The more older and current directors, storyboard supervisors, storyboard artists, character, prop, back ground a color supervisors/ designers for pre production are all still working professionals today, lol....maybe a little too much of it (There's actually a shortage of talent available in action TV animation production right now in the states.)
At the current rate of things, there's eventually going to be no new prodigies for this generation of current directors/ supervisors/producers to pass the torch to.
It only makes sense that studios start sending more and more overseas. Who's gonna be around to do the work when the older heads retire?
To be cont in SEOUL SESSIONS: korean Prodcution memoirs pt.3