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Animator in Philippines for Netflix's Carmen San Diego gets fired for asking for better pay
Reminder that animators in the Philippines are badly treated and severely underpayedpic.twitter.com/C9TGjNu65e
If you are a Filipino artist/animator, I would like to hear your stories for others to hear the behind the scenes of industry
Kung animator or artist ka sa Philippinas, paki share ang storya ninyo para marinig ng mga tao ang behind the scenes sa industryhttps://twitter.com/aschfahI/status/1175238296244326400?s=09…
Reminder that when I worked at an animation studio here in the PH, I was only getting paid 12 PHP(0.23USD)/frame w/o any basic salary AT ALL & w/ deductions (SSS contributions and iirc there was a 10?% tax deductions Somehow)
The only bonus I received working there was a burger https://twitter.com/NegiKitsu/status/1175197791649509376…
Top Draw attempted to lock my friends into a two-year 'internship' deal. Basically college students in two years of slavery. I honestly wonder why this company hasn't been shut down yet. https://twitter.com/NegiKitsu/status/1175197791649509376…
Lmao my cousin and his girlfriend works there (or used to?) and boiiii that company is very problematic when it comes to pay and worker’s compensation. https://twitter.com/NegiKitsu/status/1175197791649509376…
After years of service, one of my friends filed for resignation due to health problems. HR did nothing for a long time. Turns out they 'lost' her resignation letter and suddenly found it again when she followed up. https://twitter.com/NegiKitsu/status/1175197791649509376…
my uncle was an animator and he told me they weren’t allowed to leave the studio until a scene was done and most of the time they finished at 2-3 am https://twitter.com/negikitsu/status/1175240695025557505…
Top Draw exploited me and my friends. We were too overworked and many overtimes staying passed 12 am with no overtime pay. Super below minimum wage 2500 php ($50) per week pay even tho our department position wasn't for entry levels yet we get paid liked entry levels. Cont- https://twitter.com/NegiKitsu/status/1175197791649509376…
It’s not necessarily about more money — it’s about getting the money they fairly earned and was promised for the work they did. Getting another job solves money problems for one person. It leaves the rest of the industry vulnerable. Freelance isn’t for everyone either.
It also doesn’t matter so much in what currency if it’s below minimum wage, because that is illegal within the context of their pay.
It’s worth it to try to fix the system, I think, in addition to stopgap measures. Freelance does not come with stability or company benefits.
Artists around the world are fighting to have their trade recognized as skilled labor producing luxury goods. It is expensive (in time and/or money) to be a skilled enough artist to go pro. They seek compensation that reflect the high demand for their time and skill.
Unfortunately, the demand/supply equilibrium is handled by management who exploits the middleman position.
This phenomenon has resulted in a shortage of new animators in Japan. Existing animators are often overworked as a result but they are still underpaid due to the system.
Many studios across the world outsource to countries with lower costs of living and weaker currency to cut costs. That they are being paid below min wage when already cost-slashed — that endangers the industry. At some point there is no lower point to outsource to.
Thank you for your precise explanation of th situation. Not long ago I heard a show that says PH is a heaven to find talented artists they can hired...it sounds like mean talented artists they can exploits due to weaker currency and lack of government protection.
It does often sound like that! Sometimes they’re willing to take low rates cause it feels high for them due to living cost averages. I usually suggest freelancers to deal in USD, EUR or GBP since they’re generally stronger and have higher wage in the places they’re used.
Hi! My boyfriend is the OP. He didn't go into detail because it was a vent post he didn't expect to get traction. He was there for 8 months. The training was supposed to be 2 months long but they extended it to 5 months for no reason--
--during which time he had started actually animating on the show, but being paid at the abysmal trainee rate of 120 PHP/second. He then got promoted to entry level for 2 months, but was fired for voicing his concerns. Essentially he was there for 8 months--