The future of film looks green!and not in the good way
I don't think I normally do this kind of stuff because I know I'm no one and not many will read this but I'm so utterly discussed by the treatment of some fellow (if different and much more successful) artists by the Oscars/Hollywood and as artists you really should be to!
Some of you might of noticed that face book is turning a bit green and it's because others are just as discussed by what's going on as I am.
Many people seem to think that actors and directors are the only people they really have to thank for the movies they love... but there is another 2 groups who should be on that list and that is visual effects artists and animators. They are the ones responsible for HUGE chunks of films making billions of dollars and winning Oscars.
YET they themselves are underpayed, mocked and going out of business! These people can work up to 9 months in a row with no days off (maybe more that's just the most I've heard of). They work 16 hours a day with no sick days and often lose pay because their vfx company can't afford to pay them!
And this is not in somewhere like India or china but in America!
" Oh but all they do is push buttons the computer dose all the hard work" ...That's just lies, if that was even remotely true it wouldn't take a life time to train to do it!
In truth the computer is more like the paint, clay and puppets (made from, but not by, the paint and clay) and much of it is very difficult complex work and sometimes it is very rebellious material to work with. The computer is NOT THE ARTIST! NOR A MAGIC WAND! And these people aren't just "editing" or "polishing".
All the fantasy, "magic" and "wow" you watch comes from these talented artists slaving with the "clay", "paint" and "puppets" for hours in a dark room somewhere.
Recently the direness of their situation has come more to light among artists and animators, with facebooks turning green in protest of the way industry is treating them (green as green screen is how all films would stay without vfx artists).
A resent public example of how wrong visual effects companies are treated can be seen in the events in the oscars around "the life of pi".
It is a beautiful film and pretty much all of that is down to Visual effects studio Rhythm and Hues. They where responsible for roughly 3/4 of that movie. Without them life of pi would of looked like this:[link]
Yet just as life of pi hit it's billion dollar profit mark rhythm and hues went bankrupt! Leaving their artists unpaid and out of work. How can that even be?
And it's not the only one with stories like this.
Still rhythm and hues did rightfully win a Oscar for their hard work and AMAZING visuals but how did the Oscars treat them??!
With dignity and respect like the fellow artists they are and deserve for the intense countless hours of gruelling work they put in?
They are mocked... TWICE! See for yourself:[link]sorry for the bad quality it's the best I can find.
First they mock the industry's want/ NEED of respect among it's fellow movie makers, with a ugly perforce by the Avenger's lead actors! ALL of whom owe being up there to a Visual effects company!
And if that wasn't insulting enough for you then they're acceptance speech is cut short by a "comical" ( if only it was funny) jaws theme and mic cut off just as they start to announce their bankruptcy and the trouble their company is in thanks to Hollywood and maybe even the ignored/ rather unreported protest going on out side(we'll never know) ...they weren't even talking for very long!!!
...and you call my generation rude and immature.
It's just embarrassingly and disgustingly disrespectful!
Not behaviour worthy of so called professionals!
What's worse they have the nerve to do that and throw papermans producer out for throwing a few paper aeroplanes as a "yay" when they won....
It's just not funny any more!
Hollywood you're not just making little noone wantabes like me mad, you've made Oscar winners mad, you've mad almost the whole vfx world mad. Yes you screwed over writers. But Fuck up this up and your films and the fans AKA YOUR MONEY will leave with the artists out the door.
The artists aren't asking for much. This isn't about anger or punishment or "we will inherit the earth!". Film artists and animators just want to have the equal respect they deserve, have jobs that are stable and not like underpaid over worked sweat shops.
They just want the world to know what is happening and for it to change.
If you love films I suggest you hear them.
If you want to read more from smarter more in the know people than me click the links below.
If you think these artists deserve respect or you just love movies and don't want to see visual effects crumble then please fav this, show it or any of the stuff below to others! Spread the word! If you're on fb please join the facebook protest!
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Thank you for reading
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