UPDATED: Talented Character Designer For Ghostbusters Wii Gets The Shaft
UPDATE: Red Fly Studio’s CEO Dan Borth has responded to the claims of not crediting Dan Schoening. Read what he had to say here.
This one kinda hits it close to home. It’s not uncommon for an artist to get the short end of the stick in the industry. But, every time it does happen, it’s really disappointing. The latest in such situations deals with the recently released “Ghostbusters” on the Wii. If you hadn’t noticed, it uses a stylized take on the famed characters instead of trying to replicate the look of the HD versions of the game. The Wii’s style was inspired by an independent artist by the name of Dan Schoening. His Ghostbusters renditions laid the foundation for the Wii’s stylized look. If you take a look at some of his original work, you’ll see the inspirations all throughout his pieces, and personally I feel his work is miles better than the final look they settled on for the game. Below are his words posted from his deviantART blog about the whole matter of not getting recognized… all he wanted was his name in the games credits! Also of note, he is a very accomplished artist as he has worked on hit shows such as Cartoon Network’s Ed, Edd, & Eddy.
“I have to get something off my chest. I want to be as professional as possible here, so I will not be specific regarding names or dates. Sometimes in life, you have to step up, and call individuals on their integrity.
As many already know, my art of the Ghostbusters looks similar to that of the new Wii/PS2 art. Some of you may also know a bit of the history behind the subversive nature on how the art came to be so alike.
I had mentioned before that this issue was resolved in an amicable manner. I also noted that it was confirmed that Sony and Sierra actually gave my art as a base to work off of, directly to the the developer. However, much to my disappointment this past Tuesday, the most important part of the deal was not upheld. I was 100% guaranteed an on screen credit in the game. Not seeing the credit in the game was a huge disappointment for me.
I like many of you, love the Ghostbusters mythos. The characters are a part of our culture, and many of us have grown up with them throughout the years. I put my heart and soul into the art I create. My full passion goes into all of the Ghostbusters art I do. For a game that in many ways is heavily influenced by my work, is it too much to ask for some acknowledgment?
There is no opportunity to add my name in now, as the game is out. So, consider this my on screen credit;
Special Thanks - Dan Schoening
P.S. Thank you all for the support and feedback on my recent poll. It may be of interest to note, the art that I juxtapose against “This Chick is Toast” is offical Ghostbusters Wii art, and was done by the Lead Concept Artist on the game.”
You can hear his story over at his devianrt page as well as view some of his drop dead gorgeous take on the Ghostbusters universe.