Animation Guild Membership Hits New All Time High

Last March I posted that TAG membership hit a 25 year high. Now TAG’s Jeff Massie updated that number to report that TAG’s membership has hit a new all time high.

As you may know I was a former TAG member and started this blog to advocate VFX artists to join. They represent a huge number of VFX artists already and as more professionals experience what they offer, I hope that slowly but surely more companies become signatories.

So where has there been growth? Jeff Massie wrote another post showing the membership by company:

and what were the numbers last year?

TAG also conducted a wage survey of members which you can see here.

Soldier On.

11 Responses to Animation Guild Membership Hits New All Time High

  1. Dave Rand says:

    The best experience I’ve had in my 19 yrs as a vfx artist was at the TAG union shop: Image Movers Digital.

    • vfxguy says:

      Yeah that worked out real well huh?

      • Dave Rand says:

        First we have to consider the last four places I was on the staff of closed abruptly for bankruptcy reasons after telling all of us everything was just fine a story that is well told in our industry already…and all three ended up owing me various sums of money…one almost 20k and we were given no warning, just a swift kick in the ass.

        IMD closed for creative reasons …mainly it was decided among other things, that performance capture did not have a future in it’s current state trying to emulate realistic people. and the creative force behind those decisions Rich Ross, a formerly successful television guy, and certainly no slouch, got unlucky with his taste and moved Disney into stop motion and put all his creative energies in John Carter and then “resigned” after one flopped and the other was canceled.

        Sound sucked when it first replaced silent films, Color film did not look to great either when it arrived on the scene, and fx…just look at some flicks from the beginning days..but it got better..then Avitar came out…oh well…not realistic human faces but damn good stuff. Performance capture has a huge future I believe. Zemeckis is a proven brilliant film maker, and had a vision, and some balls to give it a sold try…somebody at some point had to pioneer every idea…. It’s all a matter of taste and among creative types that is all good. Sometimes it works sometimes not. Had we moved on to Yellow Submarine instead of Mars Needs Moms, or if Cook had not resigned and Ross came on… maybe things would have been different but aside from those influence, IMD was a great success in my book.

        A huge success in how it treated it’s artists.

        I expected some less than educated comments and was surprised it took so long actually. Hopefully this has enlightened you, especially where my point was concerned. My point was about how labor was treated and how my experience was working at that facility.

        Now for some brass tacks. The truth is IMD gave us almost a one year notice and handed me as a completion bonus almost 30K on the way out, a pension plan, and health care that went on for another 18 months (and not Cobra). This was after I was treated better than I ever have been by the most stand up organization ever in my career.

        So given that ….yes It worked out just fine and given that if I ever have to decide between a union shop and a non union shop you can guess which one I’ll choose.

      • vfxguy says:

        So the company failed and you got a 30 grand payoff. Who did you have to blow to get that deal? Or was your point that because it was a union shop everybody got paid 30k for making 2 shit movies that nobody wanted to see? And you wonder why California is fucked…

  2. WaitNsee says:

    Yea but TAG dont have the major VFX players like Digital Domain, Deluxe Entertainment, ReelFX, Pixomondo, etc. Are they cracking to get into those studios before they train the overseas folks our jobs and send ALL the work to them? They better hurry or find a different tactic to get the young, native VFX gypsies to wake up!

    • 839spi says:

      It starts with the artists at those facilites contacting the union and saying they want representation. We contacted them at Imageworks, and we receive amazing support. The company will not invite them in to speak with us, so that leaves some of the burden on us to organize our co-workers. If you wait for the union or anyone else to come knocking on your door, it will yield no results.

    • skaplan839 says:

      The tactics of the IATSE, of which we are a local, as well as any labor organization with regards to organizing are pretty well dictated by law. Educate and inform the worker they have a choice, and then let them exercise their lawful right to organize and appoint us as their representative.

      As is evidenced by the supporters both anonymous and named, once someone experiences the tangible and intangible benefits of being a union member, their support comes quickly.

      So, our tactic is the only one left to us: regular, open and consistent education.

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