I’m an animator. I recently posted a scene that got a fair bit of attention – shares, positive comments, even a legitimate job offer as an animator at a game company.
This is not about that.
After receiving a beautiful job offer, for a good amount of pay, flexible hours, and for a great boss, I get a message saying “Yes. Animator Aquired.” Which is weird enough to me. I responded asking what they want.
Client: I’m currently working to storyboard a 5-8 minute fight scene in traditional animation, was wondering if you’d be interested in designing the video for my page”
Me: That’s interesting! Would you be able to give me some specifics about the job?
Client: Can you animate it. Like in traditional animation.
Me: …We can figure out what that means in a moment. For now, what’s your budget?
Client: I want it all, for the Low.
This made me mad. I started to type out the actual cost of traditional animation. Considering that 1 second is 24 frames and a minimum of 12 drawings, even at his bare minimum of 5 minutes, that is still 3600 drawings, per character. Plus backgrounds, cleanup and color. And obviously compositing all this. In all my typing I receive a message:
Client: Lol, I was kidding.
I stopped writing my mini-lecture and responded.
Me: Okay, what’s your budget and timeline?
Client: $200, start now and submit beginning next month.
They wanted me to compose a 5 (minimum) minute fight scene, make 3600 drawings, clean and color them, and composite the whole thing, in a month, for $200.
I sent what I SHOULD be paid for it, closed messenger, and never heard from them again.