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This one's for the 2D animators out there - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
This one's for the 2D animators out there
Lemme hear ya say, "hey-yo!"

Let me preface this by saying that I'm not looking for a new job. Nor am I looking to start a studio. I love where I am right now and I'd be nutso to leave. Nay, this is pure research for the sake of research. Inquiring minds would like to know.

OK, I'm a bit out of touch with the domestic and international market for 2D animation right now. When I went to uni, Australia had a wobby 2D animation industry just finding its legs (it's since flopped again as far as I can tell, though some studios are persisting - rhianimated currently works for an Actual Animation Studio in NSW) but it was still relatively strong in parts of Europe (especially the UK), in Canada, and of course, in Korea.

Is this still the case? Are there new hotbeds? Have the old ones deflated?

What I really want to know is this: what makes 2D animation a continually viable industry in those countries? Is it the exchange rate? The location? The business models? The available education? What are they doing in Canada, for example, that they're not doing in Australia?

Are there any studios that offer BOTH 2D and 3D services? How successful is this business model?

What are your thoughts?
4 have fought ~ fight the power!
turbinerocks From: turbinerocks Date: February 10th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Canada subsidizes its own homegrown television and movie studios with government money, and has laws that dictate a certain amount of airtime must be given to Canadian programming, I believe.
ruggels From: ruggels Date: February 10th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
From what I hav eheard, 2D feature Animation is making a slow comeback, However what is not being animated on Korea for Television, is instead done domestically, using flash, which prvides quite a variety of results, The labor intensive method of drawing each frame, is onlky used where labor costs are pennies and hour. Korea may be becoming too expensive and they are looking to outsource to Viet Nam. [Bad username: martes"] would possibly know more

kayjkay From: kayjkay Date: February 10th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh tons of studios do 2D and 3D. Our studio's done both :)

Scott's right that a LOT of stuff gets shipped to Korea, including 3D. However, I feel that the new hotbed for animation is actually India. Mumbai has an INSANE amount of animation companies, and many that do both 2D and 3D. Granted, they still have a lot of growing up to do as it were, but they're tons cheaper than Korea at this point.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the next five years.
moonmystique From: moonmystique Date: February 10th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah India has the new dreamworks studio, i'm not sure if it's 2d or 3d.
4 have fought ~ fight the power!