Over two years ago I posted a thread titled "A Digital Loader is not a DIT". Since than I've moved from Michigan to LA, became a Union DIT, and my views have certainly changed. Just like the job itself, I have evolved. I love working as a DIT, I take great pride in my job, and have had consistent work.
Recently, I've become increasingly concerned to the future of my profession. I've heard several accounts of major television shows only hiring a DIT for the pilot. A friend last week informed me that Disney has set a policy that DITs only work the first two episodes for any of their productions. And just this week I've had a job opportunity for a major network that would only pay for the first two episodes. As of today, that has dropped to one.
It feels more and more that DITs have a giant X over them, needing to be cut wherever possible. Perhaps I am just being paranoid. I'm not worried that DITs will be killed over night. Epic will roll out in big numbers, and those jobs will almost certainly need a DIT. But I personally feel the winds are changing, and that DITs everywhere should take notice.
So the question is: am I totally nuts? Believe me, I wouldn't doubt it as a possibility. Can anyone confirm this Disney rumor I heard? Has anyone else had similar experiences of working only an episode or two before a loader position is forced? And if the future is grim, what can be done now to prevent it?