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Subject: Re: Bonuses on "Frozen" Date: 4/28/2014 11:43 PM
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While Disney has a number of full time dedicated senior or principal character animators, a lot of people who work these movies are freelancers and contract animators. Many of them are special effects experts working for external resource companies that contract to provide specialized digital animation services. They don't have huge salaries or job security, and they likely are not entitled to bonuses unless their own agency passes on financial awards.

The son of a woman who trains with my fitness trainer is a digital animator who specializes in snow. In addition to working on Frozen, he helped make the snow fall in Iron Man 3. He's currently doing commercial work because even though the company he works for does a lot of Disney contracts, they don't have anything right now. But last I heard he was supposed to be working on another Disney movie this fall. What, I don't know.

My point is that, before we jump to any conclusions, we should be sure the complainants in this story are actually Disney cast members, were contractually eligible for bonuses and actually have a legitimate grievance. The problem when we only read one side of a story, and in the absence of Disney's side we fill in the blanks ourselves, is that we often make incorrect assumptions and get the facts wrong.

Fuskie
Who would guess that the number of top talents that can live comfortably on their luxurious salaries is pretty low and that most people who work on a movie are hourly or get union wage and live month to month or job to job...
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