Rumor has it that DreamWorks wants to produce three films a year. That means two at their Glendale facility and one up at the once-called PDI up in the Bay Area. That isn't exactly startling news. But, what really gets my feathers ruffled are the rumors that DreamWorks is looking to another country to produce one of their upcoming CG films.
Will it be India, China, Korea, Singapore? Who knows (does it really matter?). I don't even think they know at the moment. But when you put your ear to the ground, rumblings are that in an effort to save money, they are looking to move production of one of their CG movies to one of these countries as a test. To just see what happens and if they can repeat the "success" of Father of the Pride in feature animation.
No need to perform a test. I can tell you what is going to happen. First of all, you will get away with a lower budget. But you will also get inferior quality and infuriate the local artist and technical base even further. Even if you do the pre-production and development in the states, when it comes time to put the blood and sweat into fine tuning the final product, something is going to give.
If you have read any of my previous bitch sessions, you know I am adamantly against farming out projects to other countries. Sure it will be cheaper to produce, but the quality is going to suffer. And perhaps that just doesn't matter to DreamWorks.
Now that DreamWorks is going to be a publicly traded company. It will all be about the bottom line. That is easy to see. Does it have to be? Obviously Pixar has proven that doesn't need to be the case.