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Description: Insights to Visual Effects for Motion Pictures and Television. How it's done in Hollywood and how you can do it yourself.
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Title:VFX and Animation school and work exploitation
Date:Sat, 21 Dec 2013 16:27:03 PST
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Description:I'm doing some basic research on 2 things: Visual effects and animation students or graduates who feel they were misled by the school they went to regarding vfx and animation jobs, their ability,... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Underbidding Visual Effects
Date:Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:08:03 PDT
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Description:Underbidding Visual Effects One of the most problematic issues in the VFX industry, besides subsidies, is underbidding This is where a company knowingly underbids what the company  estimates it... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Film Subsidy Bubbles
Date:Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:34:04 PDT
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Description:Film Subsidy Bubbles Dangers to those in the subsidized areas even if they may not be aware of it. Someone on an email group questions why subsidies for visual effects were bad and why would we want... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:The Impact of Visual Effects Subsidies
Date:Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:56:08 PDT
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Description:The Impact of Visual Effects Subsidies  This was a post in regard to a conversation and postings on a mailing list.  I'm paraphrasing the original comments here so these are not the true quotes.... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Sad state of the Visual Effects Industry
Date:Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:56:05 PDT
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Description:Sad state of the Visual Effects Industry For anyone considering visual effects as a career and for those already working in the industry-  please check out this great article by Jeff Heusser  at... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Survey Comments
Date:Thu, 23 May 2013 16:48:16 PDT
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Description:Survey Comments I did a simple survey asking visual effects and animation professionals about their working conditions. For more details and the results of the survey see  Visual Effects Working... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual Effects Working Conditions Survey
Date:Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:35:48 PDT
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Description:Visual Effects Working Conditions Survey I conducted a simple survey of visual effects professionals and animators over the course of 2 weeks via twitter, Facebook and this blog and conducted on... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual Effects Guilds
Date:Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:26:08 PDT
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Title:What’s the solution?
Date:Thu, 30 May 2013 11:24:58 PDT
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Title:Visual Effects Professionals United
Date:Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:06:40 PDT
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Description:Visual Effects Professionals United [Update: 4-12-2013 I've adjusted the page a bit. The VES has a project in process and one of those has to do with the workforce. I've been tasked with trying to... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX World Wide Pi Talk
Date:Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:28:04 PDT
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Description:Last night was a great visual effects event.  Visual Effects World Wide Town Hall - Pi Day. A great many people worked incredibly hard to pull this off in the time available. (Big thank you to all of... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Pi Day
Date:Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:30:35 PDT
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Description:In case you haven't heard the VFX Town Hall on Pi Day is being held 3.14 (Tomorrow as I write this) It's in Los Angles but there will groups in San Francisco area, Vancouver, New Zealand and... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:We are artists
Date:Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:30:19 PDT
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Description:We are artists I was asked in the comments of another post why I didn't care for the term technicians. Aren't there technicians as well as artists doing visual effects? Here's my response that I... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:The Miracle of Visual Effects, will it continue?
Date:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:29:11 PST
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Title:VES Board Member thoughts
Date:Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:01:31 PST
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Description:Van Ling, a visual effects artists for many years and a fellow board member at the VES has asked me to publish his open letter.  I've never had a guest blogger post here before but I thought I should... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual effects are inexpensive
Date:Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:52:47 PST
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Description:Visual effects are inexpensive (relative to other options) Ang Lee and everyone in Hollywood say visual effects are too expensive. We’ve created the worlds and characters that make their movies... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Risk and subsidies
Date:Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:26:11 PST
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Description:Risk and subsidies This post is in response to a comment on the previous post Oh, the mess we’re in! . Blogger is unable to allow long comments so I've made a new post for the response. Here's the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Oh, the mess we’re in!
Date:Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:55:32 PST
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Title:Bad Visual Effects Business Practices
Date:Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:07:37 PDT
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Description:Bad Visual Effects Business Practices [ This posts covers specific bad business practices of visual effects companies. If you're interested in the problems of the visual effects industry check these... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:DD cutting wages, VFX Union update
Date:Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:00:11 PDT
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Description:Hmm, maybe part of this should be done as a title crawl against a star field. Digital Domain, one of the largest visual effects companies in the U.S. has been going through some rough times. They... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual Effects Innovation
Date:Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:54:41 PDT
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Description:David Cohen made some interesting observations in his article 'Deadly dull vfx undermine the biz'. It does seem odd for visual effects to be considered as a secondary player by Hollywood yet at the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:What to do when you're laid off
Date:Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:16:22 PDT
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Description:@saldivar_vfx  on Twitter suggested a blog post on What do you do when your company closes Being laid off is similar whether planned or not planned so I'll cover that here. I'll probably be doing... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual Effects Positions
Date:Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:10:00 PDT
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Title:Visual Effects Tax Incentives / Subsidies
Date:Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:58:40 PDT
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Description:Visual Effects Tax Incentives Subsidies © Jesse Toves  Art by Jesse Toves.   6-5-2013 I know many don't bother reading the entire posts here so I will summarize. For those who... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual Effects Trade Association
Date:Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:21:28 PDT
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Description:At SIGGRAPH John Textor announced he was giving Scott Ross $100,000 to help start a visual effects trade association. This is probably a good thing. What is a trade association? It's a group of... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Why do visual effects costs so much?
Date:Thu, 23 May 2013 17:45:03 PDT
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Description:Why do visual effects costs so much? This question comes up constantly even from those who should know better. Many simply wish to ignore the reasons. If you haven’t done so yet please read The... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:The Value of Visual Effects
Date:Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:00:42 PST
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Description:The Value of Visual Effects There’s often discussions about the costs of visual effects. But for now let’s take a look at something seldom discussed and that’s the value of visual effects. What are... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Getting a Visual Effects job
Date:Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:16:17 PDT
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Description:Getting a Visual Effects job This article is primarily for professionals who are already working in the visual effects business. If you’re just starting out make sure to read the post on Career in... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual Effects Tips 2
Date:Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:43:17 PDT
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Description:[Visual Effects Tips 1 post] Time is important in visual effects. There’s never enough of it so make every attempt to minimize wasted time and simple mistakes. Many of these examples are animation... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual Effects Tips 1
Date:Sat, 16 Jun 2012 13:04:58 PDT
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Description:Here are a few tips and suggestions for visual effects artists. Some of these overlap my post on being a good visual effects artist. It takes more than just knowing how to use a visual effects... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Waiting
Date:Fri, 01 Jun 2012 07:16:39 PDT
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Description:Even though there is a real IA visual effects union effort starting up many have decided to continue to sit on the sidelines. They are waiting for the perfect solution for the visual effects... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:What happened?
Date:Sun, 11 Aug 2013 12:11:44 PDT
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Description:What happened? A week or two ago the LA Time ran an article on some of the problems of the visual effects industry. It covered someone who had been in visual effects for awhile and wanted things as... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Melies quote of artists and businessmen
Date:Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:53:54 PDT
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Description:This is a story from Georges Méliès, early film director and visual effects artist. The film HUGO covered part of his life and the VES (Visual Effects Society) uses his image of a Rocket in the face... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Beyond 24fps
Date:Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:32:31 PST
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Description:Peter Jackson has been shooting The Hobbit in 3D at 48fps*. Jim Cameron is looking at doing Avatar sequels at 60fps. The preview of some of The Hobbit footage this last  week caused some concern and... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual Effects Union, take 2
Date:Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:00:58 PDT
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Description:(Update 4/23/2012 fixed missing BECTU link) Yesterday there was an IA Union meeting with a number of visual effects artists. Most were from Sony Imageworks but there were others attending to get... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Digital Domain plans to have paying students make up 30% of workforce
Date:Sat, 15 Sep 2012 09:39:03 PDT
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Description:[Update: 9/15/2012 DD has now closed their Florida facility. Some of the classes have been put on hold and certainly students won't be working at the DD facility as planned. But the post is still... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES feedback
Date:Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:22:44 PST
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Description:VES Visual Effects Handbook feedback We are having meetings and starting to work on the revised VES handbook. Most of the feedback we have received has been very general. If you want to see... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Acting and Animation
Date:Tue, 13 May 2014 14:28:35 PDT
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Description:Acting and Animation There has been debate and discussion lately regarding if motion capture is pure acting. Here are a couple of latest links to check out: James Franco requests recognition for... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES and VFX trade organization
Date:Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:18:45 PST
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Description:There's a LinkedIn discussion going on regarding Vfx trade organizations and the Vfx foundation. LinkedIn discussion This also includes some potshots at the VES. I wrote up a response but thought... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Dream Quest
Date:Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:08:07 PST
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Description:Below are a few videos with visual effects by Dream Quest, a visual effects company I co-founded in late 1979.  These are from the first 5 years. The company was later sold to Disney and changed it's... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Visual Effects Union - IA efforts one year later
Date:Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:01:29 PDT
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Description:I know most of you would rather just focus on the technical issues of visual effects and many of you have an aversion to even thinking about unions after being bombarded by myths and inaccurate... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:People, not computers, create visual effects
Date:Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:14:34 PDT
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Description:There's an impression that is perpetuated in the media that visual effects are created entirely by computers. The human artists are left out of this narrative. The term CGI is now being used... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Rotoscoping - The Basics
Date:Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:11:26 PDT
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Description:Mike Seymour @ fxguide has written up a great article on Rotoscoping. It covers the history, the process and the list of the various roto tools available. I'm glad he spoke to Tom Bertino and Jack... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES Board of Directors
Date:Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:39:35 PDT
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Description:If you are a Visual Effects Society (VES) member you should have already received email regarding the Board of Director's nomination forms. If not, make sure the VES has your current email or check... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES Visual Effects Bill of Rights – Now what?
Date:Tue, 27 Sep 2011 23:46:51 PDT
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Description:VES Visual Effects Bill of Rights – Now what? By now most of you have heard and hopefully read the VES Bill of Rights. If not check it out here. This first step was to try to define where we want... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Letter to Animation Guild
Date:Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:50:15 PDT
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Description:The Animation Guild received an email for someone in the VFX industry who documents some of the issues faced by typical vfx workers.   This is somewhat of an extreme but there's certainly a basis of... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX Wages Discussion
Date:Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:13:27 PDT
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Description:This post is in response to a comment on a previous post.  See this post and follow the comments there for the full original comment. (Toward the end from Anonymous) Unfortunately once I wrote this... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES 2.0 feedback requested
Date:Sat, 27 Aug 2011 19:46:20 PDT
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Description:The VES 2.0 group  (Visual Effects Society)  continues to meet and explore options for the vfx industry. I'd like to once again ask all vfx artists and companies to submit their thoughts, ideas,... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:2D to 3D Conversions
Date:Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:19:05 PST
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Description:2D to 3D conversions 2D to 3D conversion is the process of converted a film from 2D (normal film) to a 3D (or stereo) film for viewing with a stereographic viewing system. (polarized glasses,... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES Handbook now in eBook formats
Date:Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:14:33 PDT
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Description:The VES Handbook is finally out in Kindle format from Amazon. It came out last fall but had issues with the Table of Contents among other things.  Currently $37.22 on US amazon store. Paperback... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:The Artistry of VFX
Date:Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:40:02 PDT
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Description:The Artistry of VFX It’s sometimes difficult to get directors and studios to look at vfx as an artistic process and those involved as creative. To some we’re looked at as technical nerds (with the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Working directly for the studios
Date:Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:43:46 PDT
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Description:Working directly for the studios Joe Harkin, Dave Rand and David Stripinis have all expressed a potential solution to some of the problems in today’s vfx industry by having vfx artists working... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Using the nail
Date:Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:02:07 PDT
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Description:Using the nail The last post I covered  some of problems facing visual effects workers. Today I’ll cover some of the potential outside groups that may be able to help the VFX industry.  (* I’m not a... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Pass me a nail
Date:Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:33:54 PDT
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Description:Pass me a nail Every time someone even hears the word union and visual effects in the same sentence they always say "it will be the nail in the coffin for all visual effects in this the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX Business Models
Date:Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:29:04 PDT
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Description:VFX Business Models The VFX business has always been difficult.  The amount of work has fluctuated causing feast or famine for those working in it. In the last decade or two the amount of work has... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX Union Chat
Date:Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:02:50 PDT
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Description:On April 21, 2011 I was invited as a guest on Variety's tech live chat. David S. Cohen, from Variety, was the moderator.  Also on the chat were Lee Stranahan, Joe Harkin and Dave Rand.  I'd like to... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Overtime and misc
Date:Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:27:44 PDT
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Description:A few recent reports: From @neonmarg Study: “working more than 11 hours a day increased the risk of heart disease by 67 percent” http://bit.ly/fxl36H Working overtime hurts health ABC news Full... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Global VFX Workers - next step
Date:Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:32:32 PDT
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Description:Not long ago I posted  about a possible global VFX worker guideline or seal of approval. Please read it if you haven't already. I received some good responses directly from people. So if we had a... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX Deal Memo
Date:Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:38:03 PDT
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Description:When starting a project you should see about getting a document detailing your work agreement. This is sometimes called a deal memo.  Sometimes it’s a full contract. This is so you and the visual... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX Interactions
Date:Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:49:34 PDT
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Description:Interactions Most visual effects are designed to integrate with live action images. Whether you're creating a cg creature, cg background, physical model addition or even 2 live action elements, the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Canada's IATSE local 891 VFX survey
Date:Thu, 24 Mar 2011 21:47:19 PDT
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Description:Canada's IATSE local 891 VFX union has done a survey of VFX artists that's worth checking out. [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES handbook thoughts?
Date:Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:01:20 PDT
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Description:Now that the VES visual effects handbook has been out several months it would be great to get some specific feedback. Sometime in the next 2-3 years it will likely be updated slightly. Keep in mind... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Unions, VFX working hours and environments
Date:Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:04:30 PST
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Description:If you have a safe working environment today then you likely have a union to thank for it. 100 Years ago was the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. This info graphic shows some of the safety... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Union update
Date:Sun, 13 Mar 2011 17:48:20 PDT
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Description:Today the union had an info meeting in Burbank and Vancouver. If you have not attended an IATSE Union info meeting yet I would strongly suggest you contact the point person directly to get the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Global VFX Workers
Date:Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:13:18 PST
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Description:Paddy Eason from the U.K asked in a previous posting about the possibility of a global union for vfx workers. The following are some notes I wrote this last weekend.  Some this refers back to a... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:What makes a good visual effects artist?
Date:Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:48:25 PDT
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Description:For those just starting out: VFX Career VFX Schools Visual Effects Positions Getting a Visual Effects Job ---- First off of course are all the standard things that any good worker would be doing... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:IATSE VFX has public meeting March 13 in Burbank
Date:Sun, 06 Mar 2011 17:29:59 PST
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Description:IATSE is holding another Public VFX Meeting to try to answer questions about a potential visual effects union. "we will be holding another picnic on Sunday March 13 at 1:00 pm at Johnny Carson Park... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:How do these things tie together?
Date:Sun, 13 Mar 2011 17:23:43 PDT
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Description:Early last week I posted about what was going on in Wisconsin and how that tied into Unions, the Middle Class and Visual Effects.  A couple of posters took issue with my posting so let’s review a few... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Unions, the Middle class and visual effects
Date:Sun, 20 Mar 2011 18:51:18 PDT
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Description:For those of you who may not be aware the American Middle Class is under attack by the rich and the powerful.  The corporations are pushing ahead in the name of greed.  For those of you who don't... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES Handbook for Kindle - Back soon
Date:Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:05:17 PDT
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Description:The Kindle version of the VES Handbook was up for a short time a month or two ago but it was discovered that the Table of Contents was missing (a critical feature).  Focal Press pulled it to fix the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:US Health Care
Date:Fri, 03 Dec 2010 22:09:24 PST
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Description:Health care: In a recent posting one of the commenters  suggested that I was being a bit over the top regarding issue of health care.  As I noted there all the information I provided was based either... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:IA VFX Union note
Date:Fri, 03 Dec 2010 22:04:40 PST
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Description:I met with Jimmy Goodman of the IA last week. They are planning to have a blog setup within the next 2 weeks to keep people informed. This would be one vfx union that covers the U.S. and they are... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:IBEW VFX Union meeting
Date:Fri, 03 Dec 2010 22:11:57 PST
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Description:IBEW Announcement Attention all Visual Effects Artists, Practitioners, Aficionados, & Mavens: IBEW Local 40 will be hosting its’ 4th Informational Meeting for those working in the Motion Picture... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Film incentives
Date:Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:20:49 PST
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Description:Here are a couple of references to those interested in film incentives.  I included these in response to a comment but thought I should also make it full post. Report on the impact of incentive... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX Union - What Next?
Date:Sun, 14 Nov 2010 11:34:06 PST
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Description:Reminder: I’m a member of the Board of Directors of the Visual Effects Society.  What I write here on the blog though is only coming from me as a fellow VFX artist and in no way should be... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:IA Visual Effects Union Announcement
Date:Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:02:37 PST
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Description:fxguide has posted the official announcement of the IA regarding setting up a VFX union. [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES Handbook up for a Prose award
Date:Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:21:20 PST
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Description:I've been notified the VES Handbook is up for a Prose award, which is nice recognition for all of those who worked on it. Richard Kerrigan wrote a review on Animation World Network here. Oddly on... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Reminder - VFX Union meeting Nov 7
Date:Sat, 06 Nov 2010 09:44:29 PDT
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Description:From the IBEW Attention All Visual Effects Practitioners in Southern California: IBEW Local 40 will be holding its’ 3rd  Informational Meeting for those working in the Visual Effects portion of the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX Union IA update
Date:Fri, 12 Nov 2010 11:09:48 PST
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Description:Just a reminder here I'm trying to provide information for VFX artists to make informed decisions. As noted in an earlier post the IBEW is having a meeting for people interested in a VFX union to... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES Handbook of Visual Effects now available in Kindle
Date:Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:45:11 PDT
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Description:VES Handbook of Visual Effects now available in Kindle electronic form! [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX union. IBEW Meeting
Date:Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:40:28 PDT
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Description:From the IBEW Attention All Visual Effects Practitioners in Southern California:   IBEW Local 40 will be holding its’ 3rd  Informational Meeting for those working in the Visual Effects portion of... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX Union Info Meeting tonight
Date:Sat, 16 Oct 2010 12:40:03 PDT
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Description:IBEW Local 40 Informational Meeting for Visual Effects Industry It's in Burbank (LA, CA) tonight (Oct 16) at 6pm. I don't know any of the details except the posting at fxguide which lists the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Tom Cruise and VFX
Date:Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:30:56 PDT
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Description:For those who haven't seen it there's posting on TomCruise.com regarding vfx information. My Effects Corner blog is listed along with a lot of various blogs, companies, schools, etc. Worth checking... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Rotoscoping hair
Date:Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:34:51 PDT
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Description:I forgot that Focal Press (the publishers of the VES Handbook) asked me to write a short article for them a few months ago.  It's online at one of their sites. Rotoscoping Hair Article  <-... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES business for film and VFX artists event
Date:Sun, 24 Oct 2010 15:53:19 PDT
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Description:The Visual Effects Society is having an educational business event for artists. 1099 forms, payroll, insurance and other issues will be covered. Open to non members as well (for a fee) Oct 5, 2010... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES Annual Meeting
Date:Thu, 23 Sep 2010 01:30:48 PDT
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Description:For those VES Members in Southern Calif. don't forget there's the VES Annual Membership Meeting. (This is a members only meeting.  Sorry, no guests) When: Tomorrow, September 23,... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Price of VFX Education
Date:Mon, 20 Sep 2010 13:54:05 PDT
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Description:VFXSoldier has a good posting about VFX education. As VFXSoldier points out all of these VFX schools are in it for profit, which is fine, but be aware of what the true costs are, especially to what... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Unions and freelancing issues
Date:Mon, 06 Sep 2010 15:37:03 PDT
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Description:How Companies Turn People Against Unions  (org link from the Animation Guild Blog)   Ugh: the 'free' in freelanceMore than 40% of contract workers report trouble getting paid. Average owed:... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VFX artists don't need to be taken advantage of
Date:Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:25:24 PDT
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Description:6-14-2013 I wrote this post nearly 3 years ago yet here's another Montreal studio that has not paid their visual effects workers. Here's another Variety article just today:  Trouble at Newbreed VFX... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Wages In The VFX, Animation, And Games Industry
Date:Mon, 16 Aug 2010 10:47:05 PDT
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Description:VFXsoldier has a very interesting read regarding wages and unions among other things. Click here for the link. [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Vfx helps U.K. post-production stay afloat
Date:Sun, 15 Aug 2010 22:50:22 PDT
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Description:For those that don't think the incentives have anything to do with VFX: From Variety article Vfx helps U.K. post-production stay afloat  "While most entertainment business sectors in the U.K. are... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Incentive and film program updates
Date:Mon, 09 Aug 2010 11:54:44 PDT
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Description:Every week there seem to be new updates on state or country incentive and film programs. Clint Eastwood makes UKFC plea - Entertainment News, Top News, Media - Variety Here's a snippet:Scottish-born... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Sad but true..
Date:Sat, 26 Mar 2011 12:37:53 PDT
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Description:A cautionary tale: From @VFXSoldier twitterArt Institute graduate spent 70K on degree, can't find video game job, takes up stripping instead. Believe me,  you don't want to see most vfx artists... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Ray Harryhausen and Chuck Jones exhibitions closing soon
Date:Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:36:03 PDT
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Description:Just a reminder for those in L.A. the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a special exhibit on Ray Harryhausen that opened in May and will be closing Aug 22.  Free. More info on the... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Could unionization save vfx facilities?
Date:Wed, 04 Aug 2010 12:59:34 PDT
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Description:Could unionization save vfx facilities? is  a posting by vfxsoldier. There are those who argue that any type of unionization will drive the nail in the coffin for US VFX production.  Since it's... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Escape Studios competition extended
Date:Tue, 03 Aug 2010 11:34:18 PDT
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Description:I was recently contacted by Escape Studios, which offers VFX training in the UK and online. I thought readers might be interested so here's the info from them: We're currently running a competition... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES Handbook Released
Date:Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:11:35 PDT
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Description:The VES Handbook of Visual Effects is now shipping. I know at least a couple of people I spoke to thought "why do we need another vfx book?" Once they saw the scope and depth of the handbook they... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:Globalization and VFX
Date:Mon, 09 Aug 2010 11:50:24 PDT
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Description:Globalization and VFX One of the issues facing VFX companies and artists is the issue of globalization. Given the tax incentives and cost of living variance around the world most film studios are... [Summary only. Full text at site.]

Title:VES Handbook of Visual Effects
Date:Fri, 06 Aug 2010 10:51:17 PDT
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Description:I'm told the VES Handbook should be available July 30 (currently listed as Aug 13 on Amazon). 960 pages of info written by 88 vfx professionals. (I wrote a few articles and was a co-editor) Full... [Summary only. Full text at site.]


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