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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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Animation Workers Reach $100 Million Settlement With Disney in Wage-Fixing Suit

Animation workers have reached a $100 million settlement with the Walt Disney Company, Pixar, and Lucasfilm in a class action lawsuit claiming that the defendants violated antitrust laws by conspiring to set animation wages via non-poaching agreements. Disney and its companies were the last remaining defendants in the litigation. Earlier this month, a federal judge gave preliminary approval to a $50 million settlement with DreamWorks Animation, following previous settlements of $13 million with Sony Imageworks and $5.95 million with Blue Sky.…

Anim Talk & Freelancers & Inspiration & Networking & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

Mike Monteiro: F*ck You, Pay Me

I apologize for the lack of posts the past month. I have been working on a previz gig for “China” (said like Trump) and it has been a lot of work. I will do some catch up over July. In the meantime, everyone should watch this video and if you need a good entertainment attorney, email me and I will send you mine. The most popular CreativeMornings talk of all time, Mike Monteiro gives us some valuable advice on how…

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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Vfx Soldier Blogger ‘Outs’ Himself

Vfx Soldier blog revealed his identity today to lead the visual effects protest outside DreamWorks Animation in conjunction with President Obama’s visit. The identity of the anonymous VFX Soldier blogger has been revealed to be technical director Daniel Lay. Lay, who has worked at DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Digital Domain, has spent the last three years writing about problems within the visual effects industry.more here……

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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…

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VFX in Los Angeles – 100 hour weeks & homeless

VFX in Los Angeles – 100 hour weeks & homeless Quote from Article:  ‘After a brief time out of Los Angeles chasing a lead on a job, Victor returned for an interview, “I was hired on the spot for a laughable 13 bucks an hour, but with little to no options I took it.”  This was a short-lived gig, followed by others and at times as much as a month passed between gigs.’…

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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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Steven Spielberg Predicts ‘Implosion’ of Film Industry

George Lucas echoed Spielberg’s sentiments at an event touting the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, saying big changes are in store. Steven Spielberg on Wednesday predicted an “implosion” in the film industry is inevitable, whereby a half dozen or so $250 million movies flop at the box office and alter the industry forever. What comes next — or even before then — will be price variances at movie theaters, where “you’re gonna have to pay $25…

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HOW DO YOU REALLY FEEL ABOUT THE VFX/ANIMATION INDUSTRY?

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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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…