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Anim Talk & Animated Features & CG & Freelancers & Networking & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

A 24-Minute Documentary on The Unsustainable VFX Industry

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick was produced by Sohail Al-Jamea and Ali Rizvi for McClatchy Video Lab, a division of the McClatchy media organization that owns dozens of newspapers around the United States. The reporting for the piece was’ done by Greg Hadley and Elizabeth Koh. It was one of the most controversial cinematic moments of 2016. In the final scene of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” a figure shrouded in a white cloak turns, extends her hand, faces the camera…

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Anim Talk & DreamWorks & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz

DreamWorks Animation Faces 170 Additional Layoffs

From AWN: Cuts come as DWA continues to be integrated into NBCUniversal following its acquisition by Comcast, and just two months after the studio eliminated 200 positions at its Glendale campus and in its distribution and consumer products operations. DreamWorks Animation will lay off 170 more employees at its Glendale campus in January, according to a report by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The cuts come as DWA continues to be integrated into NBCUniversal following its acquisition by Comcast earlier…

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Framestore agrees £150m Chinese deal

Framestore, which worked on Superman Returns, has agreed a takeover by Cultural Investment Holdings, Sky News learns. Read more here… By Mark Kleinman, City Editor An Oscar-winning British visual effects company, which has worked on a string of Hollywood blockbusters, has agreed a takeover by a Chinese conglomerate that values it at nearly £150m. Sky News understands that Framestore, whose film credits include Gravity and Superman Returns, is close to completing a deal with Cultural Investment Holdings Co, a Shanghai-listed…

Burbank-based effects shop reports layoffs
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Animation Output & News & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & Studios & The Biz

Stereo D Burbank-based effects shop reports layoffs

Burbank-based visual-effects company Stereo D, which last summer announced plans to open a Toronto office, notified the state earlier this year that in June it would be laying off more than 225 employees, including 75 temporary employees. Tax incentives lured Stereo D to Toronto, Sherak said, but he is “extremely hopeful” and “extremely excited” about a recent expansion of the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program, which state legislators approved last summer to try to prevent the migration of…

Disney Layoffs 2015
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Animation Output & News & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

The Biz – Disney Layoffs 2015

  About 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on temporary visas for highly skilled technical workers, who were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India. Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost. “I just couldn’t believe they could fly people in to sit at our desks and take…

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DreamWorks & News & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

DreamWorks Animation Loses Money For the Second Quarter in a Row

DreamWorks Animation reported a loss of $15.4 million in the second fiscal quarter, the second consecutive quarterly loss for the company. It reported earnings per share of -$0.18, a result worse than analysts had expected that sent the company’s stock down nine percent in after-hours trading. Read More @The Wrap… __________________________________________________________________________ More insider info on the TAG Blog: The quotes below were lifted from the TAG Blog.  Does anyone really believe the business model will change?  What do you think will happen…

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Animated Features & Directors & Disney & News & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & VFX & VFX Labor Issues

Star Wars director JJ Abrams to defy bosses over shift to London

He said earlier this year that Disney’s decision to shoot upcoming Stars Wars: Episode VII in London “really does make me insane”. Now it appears JJ Abrams is looking to minimize the amount of time he is forced to spend in the UK after the film-maker reportedly began building new post-production facilities in California.  Star Wars: Episode VII Production year: 2015 Country: USA Directors: JJ Abrams More on this film A source told the Hollywood Reporter that Abrams is building…

Freelancers & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz & VFX & VFX Labor Issues

NYC Collider – June 10, 2013

missing audio in the beginning… two hours long, go get your coffee I have to apologize readers.  I posted this talk and didn’t watch it at first.  I figured it was important and should get it up on the blog even if I couldn’t take a moment to watch right away.  I sat down today to actually watch the whole thing.  What a waste of time and completely respectful to the speakers.  Out of 2 hours, there is 20 minutes…

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This is your chance to share your personal views on the current state of our industry: the  5-minute survey designed by Jay Van Bavel, Director of the Social Perception and Evaluation Lab at New York University. The results will be presented at the VFX Town Hall: Collider 2013, a free event going live Monday, June 10 at 6pm EST at the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC.  You are invited to attend the Town Hall in person or participate in the live stream at: http://collider.circles.io/ Deadline for completing…

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CG & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz & VFX & VFX Labor Issues

VFX/Anim/CG Labor issues Q & A

John Van Viliet Editorial Cartoon As a follow up to my previous post asking questions regarding the trade association and union the “Scott’s” (Scott Squires and Scott Ross) are trying to build…I have created a second posting here with a simplified Q & A using the comments and responses from Scott Squires for easy reading.  I originally posed these questions in a way to make it easy for someone to offer some real answers and change people’s minds on the topics.  Here…

Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz & VFX & VFX Labor Issues

The State of the VFX Industry

The State of the VFX Industry and where do we go from here I finally got a moment to watch this talk and I think it’s great that someone has finally explained the complexity of the issues that lie before all artists working in CG, Animation and VFX.  Especially, someone without a thick Spanish accent, that no one can understand, and two individuals with street cred working in the business for years. I would love to hear a talk from these…

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Animators & CG & Disney & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz & VFX & VFX Labor Issues

Layoffs and Closings in March/April, and More Overseas Production

In case you haven’t been paying attention… Layoffs at Electronic Arts Publisher confirms some cuts, denies report of Montreal operations shutting down entirely Layoffs are hitting developers large and small alike this week. Following on yesterday’s news of layoffs at Vancouver-based Slant Six, a new round of cuts has been confirmed at Electronic Arts. …read more here Layoffs underway at Disney Disney has begun laying off around 150 staffers at Walt Disney Studios. Employees began receiving pinkslips Wednesday morning. Individuals working…

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[LA] International VFX Town Hall on Pi Day

I have added a VFX news section (top left of the menu) to the blog where updates to the plight of VFX will be posted.  Not everyone is on FB or Google + so I will do my best to keep the information updated.  if you have VFX news you want posted there, please, send email to angie {at} spicycricket {dot} com [LA] International VFX Town Hall on Pi Day Now that we have mobilized, what’s next? Let’s get together…