A cool project that some of our alumni have been working on!
An adventurous octokitten has dreams of orbiting the moon. Despite her failed attempts, she finds new octokitten friends to jump on board and lend a hand to successfully launch the rocket of their dreams into The Universe.
DID THE PRODUCERS OF “SAUSAGE PARTY” RIP OFF SOME OF THE ANIMATORS? The Hollywood Reporter informs us that about thirty animators who worked on the film signed a letter late last year complaining that Nitrogen Studios, the Canadian company they worked for, was screwing them by not paying overtime wages and pressuring them to “voluntarily” work extra hours for free.
Apparently the Hollywood Reporter has reason to believe that some animators were well paid, but about 30 who did not get screen credit were being exploited by management until the letter was sent to Nitrogen and the U.S. producers. After the letter was sent the producers ensured that overtime rates were paid and that meals were provided for people who stayed late to work on the film, but back pay was not provided for those who had worked voluntarily.
Jennifer Moreau, vice president of Unifor Local 2000 in Vancouver, which represents around 1,200 local media workers, said her union monitors the local non-union animation studios for work code violations. She told the Hollywood Reporter that Nitrogen hires local animators on temporary contracts, which is typical of the local industry, and that “the problem with contract work is you’re in a perpetual probation period. Employers know this and will hold it over the animators, suggesting they won’t get rehired for the next project if they object to management’s rulesime hits. That often means working long hours and doing unpaid overtime. Employees at Nitrogen complain of high turnover and a lack of stability, which to me, suggests problems with management,” she added.
Sausage Party was produced by Annapurna Pictures and released by Sony Pictures. It is a hit financially.
On Aug. 22 the sale of DWA for $3.8 billion was completed. NBCUniversal now owns DreamWorks Animation and Katzenberg is chair of DreamWorks New Media,that includes digital-focused properties such as AwesomenessTV. Before the sale was finalized he attended previews of his upcoming films Trolls and Boss Baby. Katzenberg is expected to pursue a his next venture in an office close to his Beverly Hills home. It is still unclear how involved Illumination’s chief Chris Meledandri will be. It is assumed Universal will greenlight two DWA films a year including Shrek 5 and Shadows for 2019 releases. Meledandri is already responsible for sequels to The Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me and Minions so overseeing two more films a year may not be a realistic workload. NBCU’s CEO Jeff Shell says, “I don’t think Chris has even determined what he wants his involvement to be.”