I know a lot of my readers in Vancouver were turned off to my latest piece questioning the legality of their subsidies. Well let me make this one up to ya. Read this okay?
Many of my Vancouver readers probably have heard about some shenanigans IATSE organizer Dusty Kelly ran into when she tried to attend an informal VES event that invited anyone interested in the VFX community. She was basically notified by a VES coordinator that she was not welcomed to the event. VES chair Jeff Okun chimed in on the comments section basically saying “hey we are Switzerland folks!” I’m dissapointed of course and sometimes wonder if the VES should stand for Visual Effects Switzerland instead.
Anyways, on to what I really want to talk about. I want to make something abundantly clear, I fully support and protect the anonymity of the people who come on my blog. However I can’t protect people who pretend they are someone else and deceive my readers. I want to inform Vancouver artists of a peculiar discovery I made while reading the comments section of the IATSE 891 blog.
A commenter on my blog who goes by the name RealityCheck went on 891’s blog to admit he/she was the “VFX production professional” Dusty was conversating with at the VES event. If you read the comments section of one of my posts, this “professional” wasn’t too professional. In fact, he/she was downright unethical.
You see I suspect RealityCheck engaged in an internet sockpuppet argument by pretending to pose as a VFX artist against unionization as two different people “RealityCheck”, “Voice of Reason”, on this post and RealityCheck and anonymous on this post.
I dont think someone who refers to VFX artists as “pencil necked geeks” is a vfx artist looking out for our best interests. I’m not surprised that it turns out this person was actually a production “professional”.
This shouldn’t be a condemnation of anyone else who works in production but i’m calling a foul and once again it counts. Sometimes things aren’t what they seem. You gotta dig deep to get the facts.