Originally Posted by Bubz
Not watched Stay yet, sorry dear blarg
It's quite alright dear Bubz, i'll just have to work my magic on you like i did with Cody and WOOLCOCK, you'll eventually succumb to my creative and subtle form of nagging. I apparently have an ally in Sono too.. always a good thing for someone to help sing Stay
Originally Posted by GothicBohemian
Film studios know that VFX talent is easy to find and replace - if talent is considered in loose terms - and so they go to the lowest bidder and never worry about breaking promises. For every director who takes careful effort to work with the best there are dozens who are happy to let the money be spent elsewhere and settle for substandard results, sometimes even drafting in students. At times, it seems as if people assume anyone can magically deliver quality VFX so long as they have a bit of training and access to computers. The situation is pretty dire.
Well said and agreed.
It really is a tough market all around. In several lines of work, a lot of jobs (especially in manufacturing) went overseas about a decade ago. They're just starting to come back, in large part due to logistics costs. The VFX industry doesn't have that kind of pressure to pull work back here, I imagine there's a flood of talent keeping wages down. Fun jobs always attract too many people, find a crappy job that nobody else wants to/will do, and I bet the pay will be better. Even if it's getting very bad with the VFX industry, this sort of thing happens anywhere where there's an imbalance of power. Too many companies intentionally violate payment terms or take unauthorized discounts, especially when there are a lot of alternatives. If the supplier balks, they may get the right payments once, but then they will lose the business long term. It's basically a secondary strong-arm negotiation, but not unique to this industry.
Guess it hits close to home since I have a good friend making a living in that industry, and I hear too much about the neglect to simply ignore it, even if it has a minimal effect on my own personal life. I don't put as big an importance on CGI/VFX as most people do, and see it as a secondary thing that's being put far too much precedence over things like say; a compelling story. Despite that, even I can admit that it sucks for the people who pour their heart and soul into their line of work only to be treated like shit.