Vfx freelancers in the U.K. who worked on multiple projects for the now-bankrupt Halo VFX Limited, including the multi-Oscar-winning musical drama Bohemian Rhapsody, are still owed thousands of pounds, according to the U.K. media and entertainment trade union BECTU.
Following Halo’s collapse, a group of four vfx freelancers were not paid wages totaling £53,000 (approx. USD $70,500). The company had recently provided visual effects on big-budget projects such as the series A Discovery of Witches and Curfew,, as well as the aforementioned Bohemian Rhapsody, on which it was one of multiple vendors. [UPDATE: An artist who has been unpaid by Halo pointed out in our comments that there are more than four people who haven’t been paid by Halo. The four unpaid people in this story are the ones represented by the BECTU trade union.]
BECTU is attempting to collect the unpaid fees and seeking to meet with company directors to discuss how the affected freelancers will be compensated for the failure to pay them. The union is advising members not to accept any work from Halo’s other subsidiaries unless weekly compensation is guaranteed.