It’s very interesting to see how mainstream the visual effects crisis has become. It seems like everybody’s talking about it. Below are just a few of the stories that caught my eye over the last week.
Visual effects firms face talent shortage and struggle despite recent success
The Star Online
“I went to a conference recently and a lot of the American visual effects supervisors were excited to talk about their collaboration with Malaysian partners as well as the quality of work we can deliver,” he said here yesterday, adding that it was also …
Ang Lee: VFX biz ‘very hard to make money’
Lee, who incurred the ire of vfx artists by not mentioning the Oscar-winning vfx on the pic during his acceptance speech, had an opportunity to expand on his opinions of the vfx biz but didn’t bite. He didn’t have a lot to say about the travails of the …
|Is the Visual Effects Industry Dying?
What was more intriguing than the Oscars or my self-pedicure was not happening inside the Kodak, or I mean, Dolby Theatre, it was actually occurring a few miles east on Hollywood and Vine: a protest arranged by members of the visual effectscommunity.
Michael Dambold: Oscars shine light on visual effects industry’s troubles
At the Oscars, “Life of Pi” won multiple awards including one for visual effects. The effects for the movie were created by the studio Rhythm & Hues, whose credits also include “Django Unchained,” “The Hunger Games,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” …
Last week I talked about how the biggest Visual Effects Facilities were missing a trick by not recognising the clout they could wield with the studios by forming alliances or some sort of a trade association.
I happen to have worked with a few of the top people at some of the biggest facilities, so I thought I’d forward them the link to my article to hear their thoughts.
It wasn’t that encouraging. They didn’t seem to think it was possible or necessary. At least that was my impression. Maybe they were just playing their cards close to their chests, but I got the feeling that not a lot has changed in their perception of what’s developing in the Visual Effects world. However, let me tell you… things are moving fast, people’s perception and involvement are changing and all parties need to be proactive to stay in the game.
So let me throw this out there to the top people at the top facilities:
What if you woke up tomorrow and found the majority of vfx artists were unionised? What plan do you have for dealing with this very real possibility?
There’s a sobering thought. It might not happen overnight, but The landscape can change surprisingly fast once these things gain momentum. Maybe the facilities need to plan for this?
I personally see the facilities and the artists as allies in this but if the facilities remain on their current course and artists go ahead and unionise, they might find themselves at odds with each other. This would be a bad thing. The lack of a Visual Effects trade association amongst the major facilities would definitely put them at a disadvantage.
In the meantime, here’s a letter that’s started floating around Facebook, allegedly written by Scott Ross, but I can’t confirm the source. Anyway, I agree with it whoever wrote it.