The Animators Committee held their first official committee meeting and had a great turnout. They discussed several important topics including: updating different job classifications, building visibility for animators, and sideletter N. Next steps: the committee has a survey currently available to animators! They want to hear from their craftsfolk about what their priorities are and where the committee should focus its efforts as they move forward. Click here to fill out the form! The committee is also planning to launch social media channels to promote animators and their work. Please email Crystal Stromer at animatorscommittee@
Family and Membership Committee
The FAM Committee was invited to attend WIA’s Moms in Animation panel and provide a short introduction to the FAM Committee. “We presented the FAM Committee’s mission and discussed the ways in which we support Guild members and families through education, community-building, and advocacy,” says co-chair Kristin Donner. Take-aways from the event: There is room for improvement in how the animation industry supports its families. Various panelists and audience members spoke in support of family leave and inclusive workplaces. Normalizing parenthood through open discussion and building a supportive community are positive steps toward achieving equality in the workplace. The FAM Committee would like to thank Cartoon Network for hosting this WIA event, and for providing onsite childcare through Collab&Play. (Six families used this childcare service during the event.) Thanks to panel moderator Nicole Rivera for inviting FAM Committee chair Kristin Donner and co-chair Kyle Neswald to participate. Thanks to Guild member and panelist Beth Sleven for mentioning TAG’s Playdates in the Park and for recognizing the efforts of the FAM Committee, and to the other TAG members who participated, including Niki Yang, MJ Offen, Shannon Prynoski, and Lauren Faust. Interested in joining the committee or learning more? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer’s Craft Group
The Writer’s Craft Group had a successful inaugural meeting (more than 20 writers came and participated in a survey) and they are hosting a follow up on Tuesday, Sept. 17th from 7 to 10 p.m. at Diablo Cantina in Silver Lake. The biggest concerns for writers were banking more hours and increased rates. “We also wanted to help writers connect with each other for work so we’ve started a monthly ‘availability’ post on our private Facebook group,” says group organizer Mairghread Scott. “If you’re free to work in the month posted you can add your name, credits and contact info (or your rep’s). And people who need writers have a place to go to look at Union members first. We’ve only just started it, but there’s a lot of enthusiasm so far.” The closed Facebook group is open to anyone with at least one animation writing credit. Search for Local 839 Animation Writers on Facebook.
The storyboard committee is looking for volunteers to help with comics and other initiatives. Please email email@example.com if you are available and interested to help.