I remember seeing 2 children having a conversation about being in the boyscouts. One expressed his discontent in having to join them while the other replied with a snide remark:
Well if you don’t like it why don’t you quit?
and of course the response
Well if you like being in the boyscouts so much why don’t you marry them?!
I’m reminded of childish reactions to legitimate issues I talk about on my blog and with others in the VFX industry.
For example, in reaction to my piece about the failures of distributed computing I get this:
you’re really grasping at straws in your quest to bitch as much as possible about the industry, aren’t you? Why don’t you just quit if you hate everything so much.
Or in a tweet about VFX artists not being appropriately credited for their work, this:
and from the same commenter who later saw a Dave Rand tweet about VFX artists not being paid overtime a conversation ensues:
vfx_artist: rather than complaining about unpaid overtime, just refuse to do it and let the businesses adjust. #vfx
VFXSoldier: so #Vfx artists aren’t allowed to discuss about these issues? Quitting the industry isnt an option for families
vfx_artist: I’m all for discussion and I didnt suggest quitting. Just don’t do unpaid OT. I don’t and never been fired. #vfx
vfx_artist: Working for free is for students.
VFXSoldier: Try telling that to many of the #vfx workers in Canada labeled as high tech professionals. No OT pay there.
vfx_artist: I’d happily tell them that. No OT pay in London either and the only ones doing unpaid OT here are juniors #vfx
VFXSoldier: You’ve never worked a Saturday?
vfx_artist: Ive worked 6 Saturdays in the last 2 years and all have been fully paid. #vfx #london
vfx_artist: How many Saturdays have you worked in the past 2 years? And have you been paid for them? #vfx
VFXSoldier: So you didn’t get paid OT for those Saturdays?
vfx_artist: Saturday work was paid as an additional day on top of weekly 5 day rate pro rata. No penalty rates.
VFXSoldier: Therefore, you did not get paid overtime correct?
vfx_artist: if you define OT as time and a half, then no. If you define OT as additional ontop of weekly salary then yes.
vfx_artist: In 10 years, I’ve only had two companies in vfx pay penalty rates, Weta and early Animal Logic. #vfx
VFXSoldier: Thanks for answering the question honestly.
So what’s the point about all this? We often let the macho vfx attitude cloud our judgement.
Why would you advocate people quit the industry? Why would you call people complainers for asking for OT? Why would you call OT a penalty? How does this line of thinking bring progress to the VFX industry? If we want to change this industry, we need to change the way we think.