LA Times Looking To Speak With VFX Artists

In my last post, VFX Artist and advocate Dave Rand mentioned that Richard Verrier, an LA Times reporter who covers labor issues in the Hollywood industry, is looking to report on VFX workers who have been adversely effected by the current climate in the VFX industry.

I encouraged workers who have written to me about joblessness, health insurance issues, employee misclassification, labor law violations, unpaid wages, and subsidies, to contact Richard Verrier.

Write to:

An article in the LA Times would help bring the current events in our industry to the forefront. Please take the time to tell Richard your story.

Soldier On.


13 Responses to LA Times Looking To Speak With VFX Artists

  1. Dave Rand says:

    Richard is also wanting to hear about your positive experiences. Shops that treat artists well should be recognized not only as examples but as places that deserve the talent and therefor the work.

    • vfxguy says:

      Hey Dave,

      I think that going to be a pretty short list. 🙂


    • Dave Rand says:

      From my personal experience or those very close to me, these stand out as great places to work…R&H, Electric Entertainment, Tippet Studios, DD, Sony Imageworks, Disney, Dreamworks, image Movers Digital (gone but never forgotten).

      Smaller shops Fusion Studios, BrainZoo, and Atomic Fiction, all great places to work.

      ..and many more..

    • VFX Soldier says:

      Yes there are very good companies to work for but it’s mostly project based. We need to have a system of portable benefits and the unions can do that.

    • Tony says:

      I’ve been working at Stargate Studios (formerly Stargate Digital) for 12 years and the past 6 years have been amazing. Competitive rates, overtime pay, benefits, great location, etc. Anything beyond 6 years ago, that’s a different story. Completely different company now. I wouldn’t work anywhere else.

  2. meh says:

    In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to. It can’t when so many more employers have so much more access to so much more above average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius. Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment. Average is over.

    • VFX Soldier says:

      I don’t buy this statement. The work is going to expensive locations: London Vancouver Singapore New Zealand. Those people are paid pretty well don’t you think? All those locations are heavily subsidized.

    • Dave Rand says:

      It always depends on what your reading in today’s world of “fair and balanced reporting” but one cold fact that the Economist and most periodicals with that argument still numb up to is this:

      You’ll hear comments like “that’s just data”, which is my personal favorite. There are so many highly leverage corporations in the world these days that have succeeded in a campaign of fear in an effort to disarm and dismantle the bits of leverage that so many people spent lifetimes to put in place by trying to make us believe that our country will get stronger by weakening it’s parts. I have yet to see volunteers from corporate America arguing that they should give up some of their hard won leverage.

      Getting rid of child labor laws, occupational safety, weakening the EPA, tossing out the minimum wage, getting rid of discrimination protection are somehow manipulated into good ideas by instilling that age old argument that we are ready to fall like the Roman empire, or that the “happy wheels” are coming off the bus. Creating events like the market crash of 2008/2009 and blaming it on lazy slothy folks buying homes they could not afford when in fact it was a sophisticated derivatives market mistake made by Goldman Sachs and backed by Moody’s and S&P with AAA ratings because they have gained so much leverage that they now ride above the law and the press.

      Our business is no different. I admire the studios actually and simply want to emulate them. I believe in doing so we add strength to the whole and everyone benefits. Creativity does not do well when one is focused on basal needs. As an extreme example to make my point….Navy Seals do well under that pressure but I seldom see one whipping out an oil painting to work on while dodging sniper fire. A family man is far more creative when he can actually have security for his family..maybe even be able to spend some time with them.

      • edwardh says:

        Huh? The fall of the empire as an argument FOR abandoning child labor laws and all the other things you mentioned?
        I’ve always heard it the other way around… that precisely BECAUSE especially the US is currently very much like the roman empire and BECAUSE that is the reason why it is likely to collapse as well, that people should try to get off that course by stopping to be so greedy and getting their morals straight (i.e. humans before money).

        (The last part reminds me of the awful term “human resources”, about the etymology of which I here and there wonder. Because it is so despicably symbolic as to how people are perceived by companies…)

  3. meh says:

    That’s right they wouldn’t be competitive without the government Tax money that props up an expensive, corrupt, unsustainable business model in the face growing competition from cheaper countries

  4. Billyshakes1492 says:

    Did they write an article?

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