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 Box Office Milestone: 'Iron Man 3' Hits $1 Billion Worldwide Box Office Milestone: 'Iron Man 3' Hits $1 Billion Worldwide 9:13 AM PDT 5/17/2013 by Pamela McClintock The Disney and Marvel Studios tentpole also jumps the $300 million mark at the domestic box office. VFX Solidarity Tired Of Being Alternative - Hollywood keeps making million of dollars at the box office while visual effects agencies go bankrupt VFX SolidarityVFX Town Hall: NYC June 10th 2013 VFX Town Hall: NYC June 10th 2013 Join this historic live event and help broaden and amplify the ongoing conversation surrounding the VFX crisis. Box Office: 'Star Trek' Sequel Opens to $84.1 Million in U.S. for $164.6 Million Worldwide 9:25 AM PDT 5/19/2013 by Pamela McClintock The J.J. Abrams tentpole came in slightly ahead of his 2009 film in North America; overseas, the 3D pic is narrowly bested by "The Great Gatsby." Box Office: 'Star Trek' Sequel Opens to $84.1 Million in U.S. for $164.6 Million WorldwideOpen consultation Open consultation Visual effects: consultation on providing further support to the visual effects industry Beefing Up Local Talent Pool 27 May 2013| By Rizalman Hammim Many Malaysians were proud to find out that the team which won an Academy Award for the Best Visual Effects for the movie Life of Pi were made up of a significant number of Malaysians. Beefing Up Local Talent PoolEffects Corner: Insights to Visual Effects for Motion Pictures and Television Effects Corner: Insights to Visual Effects for Motion Pictures and Television Tips: Use the Search in the upper left to search the site or simply check the links on the right if you don't see what you're looking for. Comments are moderated so may take a couple of days to show up. All material here is © Scott Squires 2005-2013 Canada hails new WTO chief, urges fighting protectionism May 13, 2013 11:05 Canada welcomed Wednesday the appointment of Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevedo to head the World Trade Organization, urging him to fight the threat that protectionism poses to the global economic recovery. Canada hails new WTO chief, urges fighting protectionismVisual effects workers in film industry 'overworked' Visual effects workers in film industry 'overworked' Friday, 10 May 2013 06:22 UK: Jim Taylor They help to create everything from spaceships to superheroes, and alien cities to entire planets. Breaking down the high-tech global jigsaw puzzle of ‘Iron Man 3′ By Rick Marshall | May 15th, 2013 14:04 PM With nearly $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales so far and the second-highest opening weekend of all time, Iron Man 3 is officially a blockbuster – and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down its armored assault on box-office records. 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Rigsby - Savannah Now - March 19, 2013 - 11:29pm The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday with Medient Studios Inc. for a $90 million movie studio $90 million movie studio slated for EffinghamPrime Focus emerges as bidder for Rhythm & Hues Prime Focus emerges as bidder for Rhythm & Hues Richard Verrier - LA Times - March 21, 2013, 5:30 a.m Prime Focus, the Indian visual effects and 3-D conversion company, has emerged as a possible buyer for Rhythm & Hues, the prominent visual effects company which recently filed for bankruptcy protection. The failures of visual special effects Helen Kelly - The Standard: 11:30 am, March 20th, 2013 I “attended” a fascinating “town hall” meeting last week of artists from around the world in the Visual Special Effects sector. Ignited by the failure of the company Rhythm and Hues The failures of visual special effectsVisual-Effects Firms Having Trouble Seeing Green Visual-Effects Firms Having Trouble Seeing Green Listen to the NPR piece. Mandalit del Barco March 19, 2013 2:30 AM Digital Domain CEO: We Can Still Save the Visual-Effects Industry Brent Lang, The Wrap Digital Domain CEO: We Can Still Save the Visual-Effects IndustryWhat's going on with the troubled VFX industry? What's going on with the troubled VFX industry? MAR 18, 2013, 09:30 AM ET, Emily Rome, Entertainment Weekly The VFX Community asks "What Now?" 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Welcome to VFX Solidarity International. Where The World Unites For VFX.

MISSION:  Currently, we are working on the following to bring a fairness to workers and facilities to reality worldwide!
1) Summer Green Movement
2) Help support formation of a VFX Union and Trade Association
3) VFX Townhall Live Streaming, publicity, and other support
4) Online International Issue Forums:  Union, Trade Assoc., Tax Subsidies, et al.
5) Online International Key City Leader Forum Program – where you can reach directly out to the current leadership
6) Online International Committee Forums
7) Online VFX Educational Media Center
    - including Green Spring Documentary, interviews, and links to all the      top educational links
8) Online  Job Center to keep up-to-date opportunities available to everyone!
Charity Overview:  VFXSI is here to help coordinate with the formation and communication with International Unions & Int’l Trade Assoc’s for the greater good of Global Markets and stable business model, standards, and practices.  It is our goal is to help stabilize the VFX global community by supporting and resolving all the issues that stand before us today.  And in the process coordinating global leadership through social media to bring companies and workers together and discover the solutions in forming a stable global VFX market.

 

-VFXSI

 
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We need to keep the momentum going. Only good can come from this movement.

great work – stay strong everyone

Nick Giassullo

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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