Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

Luck of the Draw

Or How I Jettisoned At The Right Time

Well, this last week has been a very interesting one. A couple of weeks ago I was offered and accepted a job with ngmoco:). I informed my bosses at ImageMovers Digital and then started the two week count down to my exit. I was still working full steam on some stuff, handing off other things, and then jumping back on to stuff I had worked on previously to make sure loose ends were all tied up.

Two weeks pass. I have an awesome going-away lunch with my crew.

 

10 Mar 2010  

All seems right with the world, especially after three margaritas and a shot of tequila for my “birthday.”

 

10 Mar 2010  

After lunch I get back to the office and it’s almost time for my exit interview. It was all very professional and ended nicely. I then proceed home and plan on two days of rest ((Those two days felt like Saturdays. I couldn’t have asked for more.))

That Sinking Feeling

Friday I get a few text messages. It appears ImageMovers Digital is going to be closed down by Disney. I’m gobsmacked. There were no words that would make anything feel better. Former coworkers and good friends are now going to be out of a job. 

I still don’t know what to say. If anything I thought IMD would be around a little bit longer, possibly to finish up Yellow Submarine, possibly longer.

Marching On

I know that my friends will end up okay, I just worry that with 450 people entering the market it will be harder. I’ll write recommendation letters and provide references until the end of days for any of the people I worked with, they’re that great of a crew.

I am grateful for social networking in that it will keep us all in touch a bit better than just email. For anyone that is going to be around IMD as it winds down you have my greatest compassion. Blue Sky didn’t get shut down, but I was there to see it nearly dismantled and it’s not a fun place to be.