We’ve seen VFX communities create local organizations: The VES has had a local chapter in various cities, the UK facilities have the UK Screen Association, BECTU is forming a labor organization in the UK, and recently companies in Ireland have formed a local trade organization.
Over the past few months I was invited to meet with a group of VFX professionals based in the Los Angeles area who have been looking to network and initiate more face-to-face conversations about industry action. The group is calling themselves VFX Progress Group.
In my conversations with the group I’ve found one of the promising angles has been their interest in facilitating connections between people, helping one another find new opportunities in a difficult working climate.
They’ll be having their first open meeting this Wednesday at 8pm. I’ll be in attendance and available to answer any questions. Below is a message from the group.
Greetings LA area VFX Professionals,
Shortly after the 2013 academy awards and the ensuing outrage that they created, a small group of VFX professionals began meeting in Los Angeles. Until now we have been meeting privately, inviting people by word of mouth. Now, after nearly a year of meeting in secret, the VFX Progress Group is choosing to open its ranks to the general public.
Our organization aspires to several goals, but our single overarching aim is to improve the lives of our fellow professionals in basic and practical ways. Currently, our focus is in doing whatever we can do to support ADAPT in their efforts to appeal the US government to levy a countervailing duty against foreign VFX subsidies. In addition to our support of ADAPT, as a group our primary goal is simple – to bring people together face to face in order to help build a stronger and more vibrant community of VFX professionals in Los Angeles.
We can’t adequately express how good it feels to meet with your peers; to hear about the latest industry fluctuations first hand and to catch up with old friends. Through these conversations we pinpoint the challenges we face in this industry and brainstorm ways we can help the community overcome them. Then we move to put those plans in to motion.
We meet roughly twice a month on Wednesday nights. Our next meeting will be at an undisclosed location in Culver City, next Wednesday, February 12 at 8 pm. For insurance liability reasons (a restriction set by the space that we rent) we cannot disclose the location publicly, so we ask that you sign up to be invited on our website. Your email will only be used for invitations to our meetings and events, and you may easily unsubscribe at any time should you choose to do so.
You will have to follow a link in our response email to complete the process. Please keep an eye on your inbox and your spam filter.
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Hope to see you soon.
-The VFX Progress Group