London VFX Industry’s Last Chance

Last week we launched vfxAssemble, a new call for unionisation in the London VFX industry. It’s designed so that you won’t have to commit to anything until over 50% of the London VFX workforce is unionised.

Why is the 50% threshold important?

Because it will allow you to have an elected representative inside your workplace, so that if you feel you are being treated unfairly, harassed or made suddenly redundant, you will actually be able to do something about it.

Have you ever had to work unreasonable hours for months on end to meet unreasonable client demands? Have you ever been worried that if you don’t do that you won’t last long in the industry? Are your children growing up without you because you are always at work? Are you not able to start a family because of your job? Have you witnessed or experienced first-hand discrimination, sexism or bullying? Are you worried that the work will move elsewhere and you will be forced to relocate to another continent? Is your physical and mental health suffering as a result of your job?

Whatever your worries might be, there is not a single instance where you wouldn’t benefit from being part of a collective voice.

If together we can’t make things better, you certainly won’t be able to on your own.

November 10th is the deadline to sign up. If we don’t meet our goal by then you won’t be a member, you won’t be charged anything, and London VFX will remain an industry of mostly isolated migrant workers at the mercy of company bosses, tax breaks and weak employment laws.

vfxAssemble is a campaign put together by volunteer VFX workers in their very little spare time. The website might not be sleek, and we don’t have the budget for marketing and advertising. But we want to be part of a better industry, and we think vfxAssemble is the last chance we’ve got to achieve that.

Now it’s up to YOU! Two things happening right away that you can participate in to find out more:

First, there is a big BECTU meeting tonight called “Eyes Half Shut” where we will talk about vfxAssemble, A new research report into long hours in film production followed up with a discussion on Brexit and how it impacts our industry. It’s free to attend and all are welcome

Wed 18 October 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 BST – Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ

Second, there is a Facebook Live session on Monday, 23rd October at 9:00 pm where we will talk about vfxAssemble and you can ask questions live.

We hope to see you there.

VFX Assemble!

Today London, tomorrow the world!

Something really huge regarding the VFX union here in London has just happened.

It’s a campaign we’ve been working on for months called vfxAssemble that is a completely revolutionary approach to building our union that, if it works the way we think it will, we could see the majority of people here in London joining by the end of the month!

The number one obstacle to unionisation of VFX has been fear that becoming a member will compromise ones career. Everybody says they’ll join once everyone else does. It’s a catch 22.

So here’s the deal: We have created a way for everyone to join together at the same time with no risk. If successful here in London, it will change the VFX industry around the world overnight!

If you work in VFX, recognise the problems and have always wanted to change our industry for the better then this is for you!If you always thought unionisation was out of reach… that’s all changed. Now is your chance to anonymously and safely show what you think. is a crowdsourcing idea – sort of like Kickstarter. Basically, you pledge to join the union, but nobody’s membership is activated until we reach our target of over 50%. That way, we all join the union together, overnight!

The Visual Effects industry can’t go on the way it has. We need to fix it and getting organised is the only way to save this industry we all love.

It only takes a few minutes and you only become a member if we achieve our target of over 50% of the VFX workforce here in London. Sign up today.

If we do this, we will make history and we will make VFX a stronger, more sustainable and happier industry. Let’s do this! After all, what have we got to lose?

VFX – Credit where Credit’s Due!

The VFX Branch of BECTU have launched a Visual Effects Credits Petition to raise the issue with the major studios of uncredited VFX work in their films.

The online petition can be signed and shared here.

Here at, we’ve been shouting about the credits problem in VFX on specific shows in London like Star Trek Beyond and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for some time now- but it goes without saying that those are not unusual.

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MPC to offer absolute minimum redundancy payments?

Statutory redundancy. Only statutory redundancy.

Last week, we posted our astonishment at MPC’s general attitude as a company to talent and quality. Readers will remember that they’re largely closing down the Compositing Department that won them the Oscar for Jungle Book a few short months ago – and they’re replacing them with the sort of low wage “trainees” that they can get (thanks to Apprenticeship subsidies) to mind the shop until they need to crew up again for a big job.

It couldn’t stink any more than it does, right?

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