“My colleagues at Lucasfilm and I applied our skills, knowledge, and creativity to make the company an industry leader,” said Hariharan. “It’s disappointing that, while we were working hard to make terrific products that resulted in the enormous profits for Lucasfilm, senior executives of the company cut deals with other premiere high tech companies to eliminate competition and cap pay for skilled employees.”
As big as we think the VFX industry is, it’s actually quite small when you compare the number of workers to other industries. When 2 of the biggest companies that employ VFX artists engage in a practice like collusion, it has a dramatic effect on the market prices for our salaries. Where this will go is anyone’s guess but unlike the IA efforts to unionize, this is moving forward.