Pensions and VFX

As a VFX worker, have you ever thought about what it will be like when you reach the age of 67? Will your pension be enough for you to live on? Will your health still allow you to work 70 hours a week to deliver the latest instalment of your grandchildren’s favourite superhero movie? And will it still be OK if you only get paid for 40 out of those 70 hours?

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Fantastic Beasts but where to find Crew Credits?

Once again many hard working vfx workers were unfortunately excluded from the latest VFX blockbuster hit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”  The film, in its third weekend, has dominated the box office for Warner Brothers and has earned a massive $608M globally. Yet that money is not enough to convince Warner Brothers to include all the names of those who worked to create a land of magic and creatures entirely in CG.

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VFX Soldier Blog Highlights Sexism in VFX

A new guest post on the VFX Soldier blog takes a look at sexist discrimination in the visual effects workplace and the negative effects it’s having on women in the industry.

…one thing I have struggled with over the past few years, is a select number of people who have made me feel very unwelcome as I’ve progressed in my role. There are several notable times that I will never forget, in which I have been patronised in front of supervisors, had my ideas brushed off bluntly in meetings, been excluded from lunches, had handshakes rejected (yep, seriously), and even had one interviewer completely avoid eye contact with me. This may seem like a bit of antisocial behaviour from a few individuals, but it always sticks with you when you realise that the behaviour is aimed towards only YOU, whilst surrounded by a team of guys.

While the author does point out that she has worked with many who are supportive, she makes the case that there is a lot of unchecked sexism in the vfx workplace that people are still getting away with.

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Wanted: VFX Expert to teach at Birmingham City University

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor Film Production Technology and Film Technology & Visual Effects

Salary Scale: £43,403 to £56,042

Within Birmingham City University’s School for Computing and Digital Technology, the Digital Media Technology Centre teaches BSc courses in Film Production Technology and Film Technology & Visual Effects. With growing numbers on these courses we are looking to recruit new staff at Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor level. We are particularly interested in people who have experience of developing and delivering technical and innovative solutions within the film and/or visual effects industries; ideally within areas such as cinematography, production workflows, digital pipelines, CGI modelling, simulated effects or compositing.

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