The way I roll on this blog is the squeaky wheel gets the oil so if you are doing something to help fix this shit I’ll give you props. So from time to time I get the occasionally comment from someone claiming my blog is “too California-centric.”
Funny because I can’t think of any media outlet or blog that has written about VFX issues abroad as much. Just to give you a quick run down:
I’ve written posts on organization movements in Vancouver and the UK.
I’ve written posts on workers being mistreated in India at Prime Focus.
I’ve written posts on work-for-free programs in Florida by Digital Domain.
I’ve written posts on uncompensated overtime in the UK.
That last one should be of interest because a VFX professional in the UK is advocating fell UK artists to opt-in to the “working time agreement” in the UK:
Even if a company makes you sign the WTA opt-out as a condition of employment, they cannotby law refuse your request to opt-in on the first minute of your first day of work. Secondly, OT is not paid presently in London to staff/contract hires. Only weekend work is compensated as TOIL. It didn’t used to be that way. I don’t know if VFX workers might eventually get OT, there’d have to be a lot of fighting for that to happen. If nothing else, OPT-IN to the WTA – they cannot stop you!!
This blog has a very simple idea behind it: I fully support anyone in our industry to be paid fairly and on time whether they are students or professionals based in the UK.