The booming VFX industry in India is running into problems. Read this thread and you’ll get some very good insight into the industry there and hopefully you’ll realize that no matter where you are in the world, we VFX artists go through the same problems regardless of race, income, and talent.
I also caught word of a thread on linkedin about Prime Focus in India. Here is a snippet from some Indian VFX artists discussing the company. The complaint apparently seems to be that some artists that are forced to pay a deposit for a long term contract and 14-16 hour work days at Indian facilities by Prime Focus.
I have removed the names:
Redacted: PrimeFocus is presently focusing on Money from newly joined members in their company (INDIA). Taking huge amount as safe deposit that commitment for 2 yrs and no refund after breaking the contract.
Redacted: They can do anything…
Redacted: They take money from new employees???
Redacted: They want people to pay to work there? Haha, that’ll be the day…
Redacted: Vfx at its best in india it really sucks…..for award winning films of Hollywood
Redacted: Which PrimeFocus are we talking about here Mumbai / Hyderabad / Bangalore / Chandigarh / Chennai?
Redacted: all the above
Redacted: i dont think this is happening in london
Redacted: Yeah I haven’t heard of that happening in London either.
Redacted: Does the other offices of Primefocus are aware of this??
I mean like the LA Head-Office ??
Redacted: anyone from LA Primefocus are on here ??
Redacted: That’s ridiculous!!!It means whoever is having money but not the talent can enter PF, India; I think they are getting ready for a compromise in quality for the sake of money!
Redacted: Actually pf need people who can operate software but not artists and they wont have any respect for artist its like slavery …..
I’ve come to a conclusion about India. There really isn’t a VFX market there, however there’s a huge VFX EDUCATION market there. From what I understand, Indian culture tends to play a very high level of respect for education and many are willing to pay top dollar for a degree in a respected field. Some individuals looking to make some quick money set up schools that don’t teach much but offer quick and expensive certificates in VFX.
I’ve regularly posted about scams and most recently posted various opinions by those working in the Indian VFX industry here and here. I also posted reaction to articles on how Indian VFX is actually being outsourced to the US and other higher priced countries and the demise of the Indian Animation industry.
Once again, I’m not here to put Indian VFX artists down. There are many great Indian VFX artists that I work with. They are not seeking to be a winner in a race to the bottom. They seek to race to the top just like you and I. That’s why many of them quickly leave India to get better salaries in the US, Canada, UK, and NZ.
Who I am here to put down are those that are nefarious and naive and cynically argue that no matter what you do, your job is going to India.