I just created a job posting on Craigslist for 2d hand drawn animators interested in helping out on Pickled. It's located in SF bay area > craigslist > san francisco > gigs > creative gigs and I'm curious how many eyes it's really going to reach. I will wait a bit and if there are no bites I may try posting in some animation groups on linked in. Does anyone have any suggestions for finding creatives to help on personal projects? The work is unpaid. It feels like whether the position is paid or not, finding hand drawn animators is tricky! At least the way this project is, an artist could take on work and not feel pressured by a heavy deadline. I do believe that there are some real benefits to collaborating with fellow artists on a project like this. Let me know if you or someone you know may be interested in helping with hand drawn inbetweens/cleanup/animation! Here is the craigslist ad.
EDIT: I don't feel great about seeking animators to help me out and not pay them. I paid my character designer and singer/songwriter for their contributions. At this point, (writing this on June 12, 2013) I cannot afford to pay any artists. A dream of mine is to have a small studio and be able to pay artists fairly and for the work environment there to be highly collaborative, trusting and creative. I would like to put together a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign at some point for this film and that could help cover the expenses that I've personally put into this film already and who knows, maybe even hire an assistant animator. That would have to be a highly successful campaign though! I don't think it's a great idea to work for free. I've heard that it's not a great idea to sink your own money into a project either, but if I wasn't paying for the expenses related to this film it wouldn't get made. It's a passion project so if anyone did help me out on it, they would have to be very passionate about the art of animation as well and be willing to possibly not get paid. This film serves as a vehicle for subtle human character design. I already did all the pre-production work, the characters are just waiting to be animated.
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