Dozens of current and former staff have alleged bullying, sexism, and harassment at the vfx titan.
The Chinese government believes that vfx-driven sci-fi blockbusters are good propaganda for its ruling Communist Party.
Christopher Nolan tends to favor practical over visual effects — even when it comes to blowing up a plane.
If the studio has its way, pre-visualization will become as big in China as it is in Hollywood.
Once again, the animation and vfx branches are disproportionately male.
The company, which is home to many vfx and animation studios, is $1.59 billion in debt.
An official statement says: “Covid-19 is changing the entertainment industry … The merger is a direct and necessary response.”
Staff at the vfx titan are facing significant pay cuts. But some are now being offered “salary support,” with the help of production partner Locksmith Animation.
An animation supervisor and a senior animator at Framestore discuss the challenges — and surprising upsides — of working remotely.
This is the first time in the conference’s 47-year history that it has been cancelled.
The company’s treatment of its staff is “grotesque” says a grassroots vfx workers rights organization.
The company says this must be done in order to retain jobs amid the crisis. Union representatives are worried about the long-term implications.
“Right now is the time for the utmost flexibility towards vfx artists and all practitioners,” says the society.
While other industries send their workers home, visual effects employers are dragging their feet.
“Atlanta has been a hotbed for new productions,” says Brad Kalinoski, who heads the new office.
Most films about dogs are either fully animated or entirely live action. This one lands awkwardly in between.
This hedgehog hogged the box office.
Tepid reviews and a controversy over the hedgehog’s redesign are unlikely to hold the film back.
“The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly,” said the Visual Effects Society in a statement.