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Grief Counseling and Help

Alexandra Drosu / October 7, 2019

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The Animation Guild is here to assist you in finding the help you might need during times of grief through the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan. Most members are enrolled in the Anthem Blue Cross PPO. Under this plan, mental health benefits are carried through Optum. In-network providers have a $5 copay. You can search…

2019 TAG Executive Board Nominees Announced

Alexandra Drosu / October 2, 2019

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Nominations for Animation Guild President, Vice President, Business Representative, Recording Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms and 11 Executive Board seats took place at the General Membership Meeting on Sept. 24. The meeting was attended by more than 200 Animation Guild members. Members can meet the candidates and ask questions at a Candidate Forum on Oct. 22, 2019, 7…

Lightbox Expo: Members showcase their work and the Union

Alexandra Drosu / September 9, 2019

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The inaugural Lightbox Expo proved to be a dynamic event for both artists and fans. The Animation Guild booth saw its fair share of action as members, uninitiated artists and students stopped by to introduce themselves or to learn more about the Union. Special thanks to all the volunteers who staffed the booth over the…

Committee Updates

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Animation Committee 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…

TAG’s Political Action League presents: Voting Made Simple! The New L.A. County Voting System

Alexandra Drosu / August 26, 2019

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Los Angeles County will have a new voting system for the March Primary. Will you know how to use it? Join TAG’s Political Action League (PAL) for a workshop to help prepare you! In March 2020, the County will move away from a precinct-based model to the Vote Center model made possible through the California…

New Member Spotlight: Michelle Lam

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Michelle Lam is one of TAG’s newest members—she officially joined the Guild in July/August 2019! A 2018 CalArts graduate, she is currently working at Titmouse. Learn more about Michelle! Tell us  a little bit about yourself. I grew up in New York and moved to Southern California back in 2014 to attend CalArts. Ever since…

Congressman Schiff meets with IATSE leaders

Alexandra Drosu / August 12, 2019

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Last Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, Congressman Adam Schiff met with a group of Union organizers and representatives to discuss upcoming legislation, the importance of voting and concerns within the entertainment community. Schiff asked the question, “What is America?” Reminding those gathered to consider our collective values and understand what is at stake in the 2020…

Mentorship Program in the Works

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The Young Workers Committee is organizing a unique opportunity for Animation Guild members to participate in an informal one-on-one peer mentoring brunch. The event is planned for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at The Animation Guild. “The first and primary focus for this event is expanding artists’ professional networks. Guild members…

Lunch & Learn Recap: Keeping Up with the Digital Toolset

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On Aug. 6, the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation came to the Guild to discuss how you can continue to learn and sharpen skills without feeling overwhelmed by the ever-changing landscape of technology. Directors of Education and Instructors Beau Janzen and Max Dayan identified common road blocks in learning and ways to overcome…

Wage Minimums Increase – What you need to know!

Alexandra Drosu / August 7, 2019

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As of August 4, 2019, wage minimums have increased by 3 percent as per the 2018-2021 Local 839 Master Agreement. Here’s what you need to know! Does this apply to all studios? Some studios, such as Warner Animation Group, The Secret Lab and Sony Animation, have separate agreements with Local 839 and will see wages…

Gallery 839 Opening Reception: Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m.

Alexandra Drosu / July 29, 2019

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On Friday, Aug. 2, seven artists who worked at Filmation are having a reunion—a visual one showcasing their personal artwork. The exhibit will continue through the month of August so please stop by if you can’t making it to the opening reception at the Animation Guild. Learn more abut these magnificent seven! Kent Culotta Kent…

Siggraph Spotlight: Paolo Deguzmen

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Tell us a little bit about the Siggraph panel. On Tuesday, July 30 from 3:45-5:15 (West Hall B), I am honored to be a panelist presenting the production session:  “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden What?.” We will be discussing the challenges and hurdles we encountered during the production of the final film in…

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