Course: Multimedia Programming 100 – Introduction to Multimedia

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      Sam Collins
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      <span style=”margin: 0px; color: #3b3b3b; line-height: 107%; font-family: ‘Times New Roman’,serif; font-size: 12pt;”>Sadly much hasn’t changed in the world of the “artist,” per the articles, “Rick and Morty Co-Creator Justin Roiland: “F*ck The Union,” and “A Tale of Two Titmouses,” as the question will always remain (for anyone in the film, music, art and animation world): To union or to not union. One would think that working on anything Disney related would pay, at least, a decent wage – after all, the company makes millions of dollars and is quite prolific. But when it comes to anything art related there has always been a fine line of having to work more for less within the arts. Is this because there’s such a large number of artists that they are so deposable to the point of paying less (or nothing!)? Obviously, Titmouse’s finance department knows their way around legal and union laws, but despite looking a bit unethical in the article, it seems not every New York employee is truly complaining (“The artists’ feelings about their salaries ranged from satisfaction to complacency to frustration” – A Tale of Two Titmouses).  The key here is the super magical word that most see when acting as creative freelancers – “subcontracting.” In the end, all these salary decisions are based on the financial bottom line and when companies need to make decisions, usually it most likely has to do with cutting costs and/or eventually sending work overseas. Is this correct? Depends on who you ask. But if you need to live, pay off student loans, etc., and your salary as an animator isn’t cutting it here in New York, it’s obvious that it’s best to move. On the other hand, as seen in the article, “’Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland: “F*ck the Union,” this shows that these artists were obviously not happy with their work environment and grouped together to union. And though Roiland felt “blindsided” about the unionization, it looks like this could had been avoided while demonstrating that this type of treatment to animators and artists is forever always continuing.</span>

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