Vfx shop Weta Digital is currently undergoing an independent inquiry after numerous allegations of bullying, sexism, harassment, and a generally “toxic” workplace.
Eighty-hour workweeks, humiliation by bosses, and a “deeply disturbing” contract are among the factors that some say drove one vfx worker to suicide.
The sci-fi film is back in theaters.
Dozens of current and former staff have alleged bullying, sexism, and harassment at the vfx titan.
The tech setup will extend Weta’s remote collaborative workflow to its crew all over the world.
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.