Throughout the pandemic, the animation world has been abuzz with reports of studios maintaining — or even boosting — productivity. A narrative has emerged: animation production, which can be done remotely with relative ease, is uniquely placed to benefit from the crisis.
This narrative assumes that staff have the technical resources they need to keep working from home. While European and North American studios have noted inevitable glitches in the transition to remote work, news from the Philippines hints at the deeper structural issues faced in other parts of the world. Toon City, one of that country’s foremost animation studios, has reported a 28% drop in productivity during the quarantine, citing poor internet connections.
Juan Miguel del Rosario, CEO of Toon City and president of the Animation Council of the Philippines, said yesterday that the country’s animation industry has struggled with delays caused by longer upload times and disrupted feedback methods. He pointed out that “enormous” files can take days to upload. His comments were reported by Filipino biz publication Businessworld.