I recently came across a few blogs by vfx artists with an informative point of view for Canada, Singapore, and Japan. I encourage you to add them to your reading list to get a pulse of the industry globally.
Part of the reason I started my blog was to give fellow VFX artists an unfiltered view of how things are where I am. I tried talking about the issues at various forums but got shut down pretty quickly.
If you read my mission statement, I mentioned that one of the things we need to do is to have open and free discussion about the issues we face in this industry.
I’ve been committed to making sure that anyone can comment on my blog and say what they want. Whether they be well informed fact-based comments like those by an individual who calls himself/herself Winston Smith, or just plain thoughtful comments like these:
Kiwi Soldier says:yer still a cunt and likely still unemployed.
I can’t answer to the first statement but I can say that I am employed and have entertained offers from 8 companies this year. Oh and Weta, which is great company, is always a phone call away. I guess I never really got used to that one Viva Mexico restaurant in Wellington.
This is a group blog of vfx artists working in Vancouver. Inspired by vfxsoldier we decided to take a stand and speak out about the great imbalance of power that exists between the employer studios and individual vfx artists. We are tired of keeping quiet while the vfx studios come up with ever more creative payment schemes to reduce their production costs at our expense while openly violating BC labor laws.
Here is a vfx artist in Singapore who gives some great artistic and business advice for students in the industry there. I wish I had seen this blog earlier. It’s a real eye opener and thoughtful. I love the quote on cynicism:
To all the people watching, I can never ever thank you enough for the kindness to me, I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask is one thing, and this is.. I’m asking this particularily of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism – for the record it’s my least favorite quality, it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.” – Conan ‘O’Brien
I always see a link coming from a blog in Japanese that I occasionally use google translate to read. Apparently this is a Japanese artist working in Los Angeles who covers the industry for the folks interested in VFX back in Japan. If you know any vfx artists who know Japanese let them know about this blog.
Happy Holidays and Soldier On.