HOLY FUCKING SHIT BTW, while we’re talking about RT Fuckery- let’s not forget that a bunch of the things check out???
Shane said some things about what got animated in V3 and who got to animate it, and I watched SEVERAL Animation panels during R*T*X 2016- many things that animators said that they got to work on aligned with what Shane said in his letter (not that I’m vilifying them at all, the animators do their jobs, that’s all)
(I gotta remind you all that I didn’t purposely watch these panels to validate Shane’s letter, btw. i was trying to keep busy with something else, but the information just came up during the Ladies of RT Animation panel and I knew what it was related to.)
Also, like that post about RT’s shitty pay towards animation said, the “higher ups” bragged about trips to:
-Japan (RW*BY being dubbed and selling well in Japan)
-London (the MCM London convention, which they were invited to)
-and New Zealand (”A Simple Walk Into Mordor”? You know, that documentary that the present directors of RW*BY+C*mp C*mp starred in?)
and we KNOW who they fucking are because those same “higher up” people literally go on twitter and talk about those trips as well!!! The directors of RW*BY/C*mp C*mp literally posted about it!
It’s not like people are lying about how shady RT is because there’s evidence that substantiates these things ON THE INTERNET!!! FROM THE ACTUAL OTHER EMPLOYEES!!! And it’s not even like they have to directly address “drama” because if you just pay like 5 seconds of attention to all the other people and inner workings going on, it speaks for itself!!!
It’s also incredibly grating because it’s because of Monty being brought on to work for RT, that the animation department of RT has become what it is today? And Monty worked hard. Super FUCKING hard. Yeah, he made it look easy, but that’s because he had well over a decade of animation experience under his belt, which got poured into every RT production he worked on.
And to hear that they don’t even pay their animators that well, only for a weekly web series like RW*BY to have writing errors, last-minute changes and shit for the animators to fix is INEXCUSABLE GARBAGE. As an animator, it makes me fucking livid. Especially knowing how much money gets thrown around at RT for other things.
Animation is hard work. Regardless of if you’re self taught, or professionally trained, animation is difficult. 3D animation, which is probably what the employee was referring to, is probably the most difficult medium to get the hang of, and has a high learning curve. And that is the medium that RT’s 2 biggest flagship productions is made from. (Yes, that is subtracting the machinimation for RvB)
With 3D animation, you can’t just make some clever photoshops or easy fixes to the final footage when you screw up. In 2D animation, you may need to redraw, recolor, and rearrange the frames you’ve done. But with 3D, you need to have your shit together BEFORE you send things to animation.
It’s one thing when, years ago, Monty would make last minute changes to things he wanted in RW*BY right before a deadline- but he was actually INVOLVED in the animation, modeling, and rigging processes.
It’s something else when you come from being a writer, a producer, and/or a film compositor and you’re in charge of an animated production, and you have NO PART of the actual 3D animation process, and you don’t have the God-like efficiency in modeling, animating, and rigging to push last-minute changes into the production before a deadline.
Yeah, those same ppl may contribute a little mocap acting here and there, but mocap still needs to be cleaned up and arranged in the correct places to be used properly versus the hand-keyed animation that still needs to be done for the show right before the next episode needs to come out.
The average salary for 3D animation in the United States is almost $60K a year, which is pretty decent for work in Austin, Texas (the avg. cost of living where RT is based is $55K yearly) So to hear the possibility that animators at RT actually DO NOT make the average animation salary in the United States is appalling to me.