We need to keep the momentum going. Only good can come from this movement.
great work – stay strong everyone
Great to see the vfx global movement moved to an official website.
It’s not the “VFX houses who loose money on big movies”, it’s the VFX
artists and staff who lose money on big movies every time!!
I want to highlight a big part of the problem, and underscore a big part of the problem. Bankruptcy is a protection for these VFX houses, written by business for business to protect business, it’s the artists and support staff and craftsmen who are loosing their earned wages and having their artwork and time stolen from them. All the while the VFX houses happily turn over that artwork to the studios who in turn make millions of dollars from it. The artists and support staff are the ones left begging for wages that they’ve already earned, that’s not right and it’s not fair.
Rhythm and Hues will be fine after bankruptcy, they are protected, but there are hundreds of artists and staff who worked tirelessly on these films who got several weeks of earned wages stolen from them. Who were lied to about the health of the company so that the company could continue to bid work. They are the only ones who lose in this scenario, and the leadership at Rhythm and Hues and Digital Domain knew that they would be the only ones left holding the bag when the music stopped.
So while everything that has been said is somewhat true and explains why VFX houses in North America have a hard time making a profit, it does not excuse or explain why they stole earned wages from their artists and staff in the process. The leadership at these VFX houses are a BIG part of the problem not the solution, and we need to stop letting them use excuses to explain whey they could not turn a profit as justification for continued theft of wages. And at some point start demanding that they put protecting the artists and craftsman above maintaining relationships with studio executives and extending their own personal interests.
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