Unions: Raising The Bar

“Unions have a spillover effect that helps the entire middle class. When employers perceive that unions could possibly organize their workforce, they deliberately keep wages and benefits close to union wages and benefits, in order to keep the union out of their workforce. This spillover effect is a clear example of how unions benefit even those who are not covered by a union contract.”

— Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute

via Unions 4 Workers

The UK VFX industry and Brexit

Facts, not appeals to emotion

Tony Lennon, BECTU research officer, recently outlined the implications for the UK entertainment industries of any vote to leave the EU. The recording of that talk is below.

The bottom line is that if the UK votes to leave the EU, this could have a devastating effect on Film, TV and Theatre production – especially VFX. The London Visual Effects workforce relies heavily on people from the EU and the free movement between member states.

Take some time to listen to this, it is important information about Leave vs. Remain for anyone working in the VFX industry here in the the UK.

VFX News

Visual Effects News and Stories from Around the Web

Women, are you Game to Work as Animators ?

It is not just engineering that gives you a job, there are opportunities in visual effectsfor films and advertisements, 3D animation for 3D films and video …

Here’s how visual effects artists turn Jennifer Lawrence into Mystique in the ‘X-Men’ movies

The character’s creation involves a lot of work from the visual effects team. In 2014, Digital Domain, one of the visual effects companies that worked on …

Film Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’

… visual effects supervisor, Pablo Helman; visual effects producers, Crystal Dowd, Susan Greenhow; visual effects, Industrial Light & Magic, Ghost VFX …

Creative Arts Emmy Visual Effects Contenders Wow Viewers with Mind-Bending Images

As the golden age of television continues, so does an era of spectacular visualeffects for the small screen aimed at creating a theatrical-level …

The art of visual effects

Sloan is in town to participate in a couple of Q&A sessions as part of EffectsMTL 2016, the largest visual effects and animation conference on the East …

Florida to get $5M back from $20M investment in failed visual effects studio

After sinking $20 million in to failed visual effects film studio Digital Domain, Florida will only get back a small portion of their investment.

Top 50 Films That Catapulted Visual Effects Into A New Era

Do visual effects in films today all look the same to you? Is there one movie in recent memory that stands out and says, “That was a visual masterpiece.

‘Taking Earth’: A Sci-fi film with stunning visual effects delivered on a limited budget

In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, Australia Director Grant Humphreys talked about the visual effects and other aspects of the …

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Come along to our weekly Thursday VFX Lunchmeet

Every Thursday from 1-2pm at the Jurassic Church (St. Anne’s Churchyard, Wardour Street – nr. Shatesbury Avenue) Grab a sandwich or some sushi, sit on the grass, soak up a little sunshine and chat about what’s happening in the world of London VFX – look for the green flag!

1:00-2:00pm every Thursday

The Jurassic Church

(St. Anne’s, Wardour Street – nr. Shaftesbury Avenue)

Join MPC and get laid!

…or maybe they meant laid off!

Over at Cartoon Brew, they noticed a bizarre recruitment strategy from MPC:

In a Linkedin update from yesterday [update: it’s been deleted], MPC’s global talent acquisition manager Angela Buhr invited horny digital artists to check out the MPC booth at the vfx/animation conference Effects Montreal and discover why “getting to say you make THE BEST movies gets you friends with benefits.”

Check out the whole story and make sure to have a look at the reaction from the Twitterverse – hilarious!

VFX Pub Night

7:00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month.

We meet regularly on the first Wednesday of the month, hosted in the private upstairs bar at the Nellie Dean in Soho. ( 89 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SU )

It’s a chance to talk to the VFX Union members and other colleagues about issues in London VFX.

This is open to non-union members who might have questions about the union and for current members to bring along guests who might be interested in joining.

Keep up to date by following us on our Facebook or Twitter page for venue or date changes.

As always look for the green flag!

 

VFX News

Visual Effects News and Stories from Around the Web

16 Directors Redefining the 21st Century Blockbuster

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Joe and Anthony Russo, JJ Abrams, Jennifer Lee. Jon Favreau, Zack Snyder, David Yates, Matt Reeves, James Gunn, Gareth Edwards, Colin Trevorrow, Patty Jenkins, Joss Whedon, Matthew Vaughn

FXGuide fxpodcast #303: UK Union update

We discuss the latest info about UK visual effects artists who are seeking union representation. Joe Pavlo (artist) and Paul Evans (BECTU) are our guests. Unpaid overtime, fear, social media, how to organize, collusion, opting out of overtime… just a few of the things Joe and Paul discuss with our Jeff Heusser

Ray Harryhausen’s Jason and the Argonauts

With 1963 primitive graphics technology, How was this skeleton animations fights achieved?

First Look At Spiderman Concept Art From Captain America: Civil War 

Check out a batch of concept art for Spider-Man from the Captain America: Civil War Art of the Movie book, which is now available.

Eye candy trumps plot in ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

A trippy showcase for the latest visual effects wizardry, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” takes us on another adventure that is long on twee but short on story.

Judge Certifies Class in Animators’ Anti-Poaching Scheme Lawsuit

VFX workers claim Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks and others conspired to keep wages low by promising not to poach one another’s employees.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Solid premise can’t uphold the franchise’s ponderous weight

http://www.examiner.com/review/x-men-apocalypse-solid-premise-can-t-uphold-the-franchise-s-ponderous-weight

‘Warcraft’ Featurette Highlights The Technology Called ‘Haircraft’

A featurette was released to showcase how much time and effort went into the making of this film specifically on the visual effects.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ Clip Features Absolutely Zero Turtles

Humans: the unsung heroes of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.

Here’s how the big battle from last night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ looks without visual effects

HBO released a visual effects breakdown of the big cave battle beyond the wall as part of its “Anatomy of a Scene” series. The seven-minute video reveals how the climactic battle, and its haunting final moment with Hodor, came to life. 

Come along to our weekly Thursday VFX Lunchmeet

Every Thursday from 1-2pm at the Jurassic Church (St. Anne’s, Wardour Street – nr. Shatesbury Avenue) Grab a sandwich or some sushi, sit on the grass, soak up a little sunshine and chat about what’s happening in the world of London VFX – look for the green flag!

1:00-2:00pm every Thursday

The Jurassic Church

(St. Anne’s, Wardour Street – nr. Shaftesbury Avenue)

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