Where Are The Women In VFX?

October 22, 2014

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Marvel’s Vice President of Post Production Victoria Alonso was a speaker at this week’s VES Summit where she asked “where are the girls?” and called for more women to work in VFX.

In Variety’s report, she spoke about how lowering the gender gap would help bring balance to the industry. She also pointed out obstacles that make it more difficult for women to make it in VFX:

  • Subsidy-induced cycles of global displacement.
  • Long 16 hour work days.
  • Maternity leave dampens the ability to get back to work.

While I agree with her on the problems that cause a gender gap, I can’t help but ask the same question Scott Ross asked:

Why would anyone want to encourage anybody, woman or man, to join the tumultuous VFX industry as it currently is?

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VFX Artist Michael Scott Seriously Injured

October 1, 2014

VFX Artist Michael Scott has been very vocal about VFX issues on twitter. Michael was seriously injured after he was hit by a car:

During a break from work, Michael Scott was walking to get dinner when a car jumped the curb and pinned him to a concrete wall. He has a lot of internal damage as well as broken bones and a fractured skull. His color is good though, and his pulse ox has climbed. He will remain on paralytics until he can fully stabilize then further address the internal damage. He is currently at Cedars Sinai in critical condition, after undergoing emergency surgery last night.

He needs our help.

Anyone that can, please make a donation for his medical care and rehab.

Thank you all for your support.

There has been a donation page setup and I strongly encourage you to donate. Michael’s donation to our effort 2 years ago was the final donation needed to put us over the top and get our feasibility study going.

http://www.gofundme.com/fafe9s

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Deluxe Entertainment “Currently Vulnerable To Default”

September 10, 2014

If you work at Stereo D, Method Studios, Encore Hollywood, or Iloura (list updated per comments below) you may have been aware about some recent news concerning parent company Deluxe Entertainment’s credit rating being downgraded by Standard & Poors:

The $605 million of loans to Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., which Perelman controls through his MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., were quoted at 88 cents on the dollar Aug. 26, according to Markit. That compared with an average of about 98.3 cents for the broader market. Last week, Standard & Poor’s took the rare step of cutting Deluxe’s credit rating three steps, to a level that implies the production company is “currently vulnerable” to default.

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LA Siggraph Panel: State Of The VFX Industry

September 3, 2014

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This sunday I’ll be at the VFX BBQ by the VFX Progress Group. Later in the week on Tuesday I’ll be at OTIS college to attend a LA Siggraph panel on the state of the VFX Industry:

When: Tuesday September 9th 2014 7:30-10pm
Location: Otis College of Art and Design: Ahmanson Hall
Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045

Schedule:

6:45-7:30 Social Hour
6:45-7:00 Members only
7:00-7:30 Members and guests
7:30-7:40 Introductions
7:40-9:30 Panel
9:30-10:00 Questions and Answers

Registration:

All will be admitted free of charge. Non-members of LA ACM SIGGRAPH are admitted for free. New LA ACM SIGGRAPH members who sign up on-site can pay the $40 annual membership fee. The chapter accepts checks, cash, or credit cards (Mastercard or Visa only) for all dues or fees.

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As CA Film Subsidy Passes, MPAA Prepares To Raise Stakes

September 2, 2014

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If you read through the posts on this blog about film subsidies one trend should be abundantly clear:

Hollywood studios will take one government’s offer and game it against others in the hopes of increasing and maximizing the total amount of free taxpayer money available. So no sooner than a few days after film and VFX workers celebrated the passage of CA film subsidy bill AB1839, the MPAA will be looking to meet with other states to increase the stakes:

Well, that’s certainly looks like a kick in the teeth to the home of Hollywood. Just days after the state Senate voted overwhelming to increase and expand California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to $330 million for the next five years, the MPAA has announced it is hosting a shindig in the nation’s capitol to help other states compete.

You’d think the state of Louisiana which offers a 30% film subsidy would be on solid ground but even they lose out as studios will take their offer and game them against international governments agreeing to give even more free money. Can you see how this is a race to the bottom? In order to win you have to be willing to be the biggest loser and even then, it’s expected that you keep raising the stakes. It’s also not cheap as the LA Times questions the cost effectiveness of these programs.

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VFX BBQ

August 27, 2014

The VFX Progress Group will be having a BBQ that anyone is invited to attend. I will be there to answer any questions and help lobby for support of ADAPT’s legal effort:

Veterans Memorial Park
4117 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
Sunday, September 7, 2014
from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)
Register here to attend

There is also a list of items that we should all chip in to bring:
To have access to the list you’ll need to email vfxprogress@outlook.com

We had a BBQ before the March in March and it was quite fun just to catch up with people face to face. Hope to see you there.

Soldier On.


Trade Provision Supporting ADAPT Legal Effort In AB1839

August 26, 2014

Big news came last week as CA bill AB1839 was amended:

An amendment to proposed legislation to expand California’s film and TV tax credit urges trade action as a response to countries that have lured visual effects firms away with the promise of generous subsidies.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped and Assemblymember Mike Gatto for standing up to the studios and writing a provision into a bill he co-authored supporting out effort. While it’s a huge step in the right direction, I obviously have issues with the subsidies in the bill and was hoping that the trade provision had more teeth to it.

When our law firm helped the shrimping industry get trade relief from injurious subsidies, the government of Louisiana actually helped fund the legal effort. Since our legal effort costs a fraction of what the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies needed, we felt it would’ve been a small cost that could lead to a more effective outcome.

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