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Visual Effects Tax Incentives / Subsidies

2013-06-21 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Visual Effects Tax Incentives Subsidies © Jesse Toves  Art by Jesse Toves.   6-5-2013 I know many don't bother reading the entire posts here so I will summarize. For those who...

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Visual Effects Working Conditions Survey

2013-06-20 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Visual Effects Working Conditions Survey I conducted a simple survey of visual effects professionals and animators over the course of 2 weeks via twitter, Facebook and this blog and conducted on...

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Getting a Visual Effects job

2013-06-20 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Getting a Visual Effects job This article is primarily for professionals who are already working in the visual effects business. If you’re just starting out make sure to read the post on Career in...

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VFX artists don't need to be taken advantage of

2013-06-14 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

6-14-2013 I wrote this post nearly 3 years ago yet here's another Montreal studio that has not paid their visual effects workers. Here's another Variety article just today:  Trouble at Newbreed VFX...

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Visual Effects Guilds

2013-06-14 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

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Sad state of the Visual Effects Industry

2013-06-14 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Sad state of the Visual Effects Industry For anyone considering visual effects as a career and for those already working in the industry-  please check out this great article by Jeff Heusser  at...

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Visual Effects Professionals United

2013-06-10 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Visual Effects Professionals United [Update: 4-12-2013 I've adjusted the page a bit. The VES has a project in process and one of those has to do with the workforce. I've been tasked with trying to...

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What’s the solution?

2013-05-30 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

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Survey Comments

2013-05-23 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Survey Comments I did a simple survey asking visual effects and animation professionals about their working conditions. For more details and the results of the survey see  Visual Effects Working...

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Why do visual effects costs so much?

2013-05-23 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Why do visual effects costs so much? This question comes up constantly even from those who should know better. Many simply wish to ignore the reasons. If you haven’t done so yet please read The...

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VFX Deal Memo

2013-04-23 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

When starting a project you should see about getting a document detailing your work agreement. This is sometimes called a deal memo.  Sometimes it’s a full contract. This is so you and the visual...

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Visual Effects Union - IA efforts one year later

2013-04-22 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

I know most of you would rather just focus on the technical issues of visual effects and many of you have an aversion to even thinking about unions after being bombarded by myths and inaccurate...

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Visual Effects Union, take 2

2013-04-22 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

(Update 4/23/2012 fixed missing BECTU link) Yesterday there was an IA Union meeting with a number of visual effects artists. Most were from Sony Imageworks but there were others attending to get...

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Using the nail

2013-04-22 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Using the nail The last post I covered  some of problems facing visual effects workers. Today I’ll cover some of the potential outside groups that may be able to help the VFX industry.  (* I’m not a...

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VFX Union Chat

2013-04-22 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

On April 21, 2011 I was invited as a guest on Variety's tech live chat. David S. Cohen, from Variety, was the moderator.  Also on the chat were Lee Stranahan, Joe Harkin and Dave Rand.  I'd like to...

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DD cutting wages, VFX Union update

2013-04-22 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Hmm, maybe part of this should be done as a title crawl against a star field. Digital Domain, one of the largest visual effects companies in the U.S. has been going through some rough times. They...

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Pass me a nail

2013-04-12 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Pass me a nail Every time someone even hears the word union and visual effects in the same sentence they always say "it will be the nail in the coffin for all visual effects in this the...

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VFX World Wide Pi Talk

2013-03-21 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Last night was a great visual effects event.  Visual Effects World Wide Town Hall - Pi Day. A great many people worked incredibly hard to pull this off in the time available. (Big thank you to all of...

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Overtime and misc

2013-03-21 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

A few recent reports: From @neonmarg Study: “working more than 11 hours a day increased the risk of heart disease by 67 percent” http://bit.ly/fxl36H Working overtime hurts health ABC news Full...

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VFX Business Models

2013-03-19 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

VFX Business Models The VFX business has always been difficult.  The amount of work has fluctuated causing feast or famine for those working in it. In the last decade or two the amount of work has...

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Pi Day

2013-03-15 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

In case you haven't heard the VFX Town Hall on Pi Day is being held 3.14 (Tomorrow as I write this) It's in Los Angles but there will groups in San Francisco area, Vancouver, New Zealand and...

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We are artists

2013-03-11 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

We are artists I was asked in the comments of another post why I didn't care for the term technicians. Aren't there technicians as well as artists doing visual effects? Here's my response that I...

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Visual effects are inexpensive

2013-03-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Visual effects are inexpensive (relative to other options) Ang Lee and everyone in Hollywood say visual effects are too expensive. We’ve created the worlds and characters that make their movies...

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The Value of Visual Effects

2013-03-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The Value of Visual Effects There’s often discussions about the costs of visual effects. But for now let’s take a look at something seldom discussed and that’s the value of visual effects. What are...

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The Miracle of Visual Effects, will it continue?

2013-03-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

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Oh, the mess we’re in!

2013-03-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

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VES Board Member thoughts

2013-03-02 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Van Ling, a visual effects artists for many years and a fellow board member at the VES has asked me to publish his open letter.  I've never had a guest blogger post here before but I thought I should...

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Bad Visual Effects Business Practices

2013-02-23 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Bad Visual Effects Business Practices [ This posts covers specific bad business practices of visual effects companies. If you're interested in the problems of the visual effects industry check these...

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Risk and subsidies

2013-02-17 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Risk and subsidies This post is in response to a comment on the previous post Oh, the mess we’re in! . Blogger is unable to allow long comments so I've made a new post for the response. Here's the...

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Beyond 24fps

2012-12-13 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Peter Jackson has been shooting The Hobbit in 3D at 48fps*. Jim Cameron is looking at doing Avatar sequels at 60fps. The preview of some of The Hobbit footage this last  week caused some concern and...

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VFX Wages

2012-12-05 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

One of the issues discussed in relationship to the town hall meetings (besides hours worked) is the wage issue. Certainly a number of people who search visual effects on the web are looking for...

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What makes a good visual effects artist?

2012-12-05 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

For those just starting out: VFX Career VFX Schools Visual Effects Positions Getting a Visual Effects Job ---- First off of course are all the standard things that any good worker would be doing...

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What happened?

2012-11-09 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

What happened? A week or two ago the LA Time ran an article on some of the problems of the visual effects industry. It covered someone who had been in visual effects for awhile and wanted things as...

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Visual Effects Positions

2012-11-01 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

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What to do when you're laid off

2012-09-24 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

@saldivar_vfx  on Twitter suggested a blog post on What do you do when your company closes Being laid off is similar whether planned or not planned so I'll cover that here. I'll probably be doing...

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Visual Effects Trade Association

2012-09-24 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

At SIGGRAPH John Textor announced he was giving Scott Ross $100,000 to help start a visual effects trade association. This is probably a good thing. What is a trade association? It's a group of...

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Visual Effects Innovation

2012-09-19 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

David Cohen made some interesting observations in his article 'Deadly dull vfx undermine the biz'. It does seem odd for visual effects to be considered as a secondary player by Hollywood yet at the...

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Digital Domain plans to have paying students make up 30% of workforce

2012-09-15 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

[Update: 9/15/2012 DD has now closed their Florida facility. Some of the classes have been put on hold and certainly students won't be working at the DD facility as planned. But the post is still...

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Acting and Animation

2012-09-08 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Acting and Animation There has been debate and discussion lately regarding if motion capture is pure acting. Here are a couple of latest links to check out: James Franco requests recognition for...

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VES Handbook now in eBook formats

2012-07-17 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The VES Handbook is finally out in Kindle format from Amazon. It came out last fall but had issues with the Table of Contents among other things.  Currently $37.22 on US amazon store. Paperback...

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Visual Effects Tips 2

2012-06-18 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

[Visual Effects Tips 1 post] Time is important in visual effects. There’s never enough of it so make every attempt to minimize wasted time and simple mistakes. Many of these examples are animation...

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Visual Effects Tips 1

2012-06-16 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Here are a few tips and suggestions for visual effects artists. Some of these overlap my post on being a good visual effects artist. It takes more than just knowing how to use a visual effects...

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Waiting

2012-06-01 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Even though there is a real IA visual effects union effort starting up many have decided to continue to sit on the sidelines. They are waiting for the perfect solution for the visual effects...

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Melies quote of artists and businessmen

2012-04-30 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

This is a story from Georges Méliès, early film director and visual effects artist. The film HUGO covered part of his life and the VES (Visual Effects Society) uses his image of a Rocket in the face...

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VES feedback

2012-01-25 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

VES Visual Effects Handbook feedback We are having meetings and starting to work on the revised VES handbook. Most of the feedback we have received has been very general. If you want to see...

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VES and VFX trade organization

2011-12-13 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

There's a LinkedIn discussion going on regarding Vfx trade organizations and the Vfx foundation. LinkedIn discussion This also includes some potshots at the VES. I wrote up a response but thought...

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Dream Quest

2011-11-15 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Below are a few videos with visual effects by Dream Quest, a visual effects company I co-founded in late 1979.  These are from the first 5 years. The company was later sold to Disney and changed it's...

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Unions, VFX working hours and environments

2011-11-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

If you have a safe working environment today then you likely have a union to thank for it. 100 Years ago was the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. This info graphic shows some of the safety...

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People, not computers, create visual effects

2011-10-26 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

There's an impression that is perpetuated in the media that visual effects are created entirely by computers. The human artists are left out of this narrative. The term CGI is now being used...

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Rotoscoping hair

2011-10-25 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

I forgot that Focal Press (the publishers of the VES Handbook) asked me to write a short article for them a few months ago.  It's online at one of their sites. Rotoscoping Hair Article  <-...

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Rotoscoping - The Basics

2011-10-13 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Mike Seymour @ fxguide has written up a great article on Rotoscoping. It covers the history, the process and the list of the various roto tools available. I'm glad he spoke to Tom Bertino and Jack...

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VES Board of Directors

2011-10-10 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

If you are a Visual Effects Society (VES) member you should have already received email regarding the Board of Director's nomination forms. If not, make sure the VES has your current email or check...

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VES Visual Effects Bill of Rights – Now what?

2011-09-27 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

VES Visual Effects Bill of Rights – Now what? By now most of you have heard and hopefully read the VES Bill of Rights. If not check it out here. This first step was to try to define where we want...

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Letter to Animation Guild

2011-08-31 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The Animation Guild received an email for someone in the VFX industry who documents some of the issues faced by typical vfx workers.   This is somewhat of an extreme but there's certainly a basis of...

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VFX Wages Discussion

2011-08-30 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

This post is in response to a comment on a previous post.  See this post and follow the comments there for the full original comment. (Toward the end from Anonymous) Unfortunately once I wrote this...

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VES 2.0 feedback requested

2011-08-27 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The VES 2.0 group  (Visual Effects Society)  continues to meet and explore options for the vfx industry. I'd like to once again ask all vfx artists and companies to submit their thoughts, ideas,...

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2D to 3D Conversions

2011-08-20 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

2D to 3D conversions 2D to 3D conversion is the process of converted a film from 2D (normal film) to a 3D (or stereo) film for viewing with a stereographic viewing system. (polarized glasses,...

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The Artistry of VFX

2011-07-29 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The Artistry of VFX It’s sometimes difficult to get directors and studios to look at vfx as an artistic process and those involved as creative. To some we’re looked at as technical nerds (with the...

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VES Handbook for Kindle - Back soon

2011-07-20 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The Kindle version of the VES Handbook was up for a short time a month or two ago but it was discovered that the Table of Contents was missing (a critical feature).  Focal Press pulled it to fix the...

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VES Handbook Released

2011-07-20 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The VES Handbook of Visual Effects is now shipping. I know at least a couple of people I spoke to thought "why do we need another vfx book?" Once they saw the scope and depth of the handbook they...

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Working directly for the studios

2011-06-23 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Working directly for the studios Joe Harkin, Dave Rand and David Stripinis have all expressed a potential solution to some of the problems in today’s vfx industry by having vfx artists working...

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Global VFX Workers - next step

2011-03-31 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Not long ago I posted  about a possible global VFX worker guideline or seal of approval. Please read it if you haven't already. I received some good responses directly from people. So if we had a...

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VFX Interactions

2011-03-28 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Interactions Most visual effects are designed to integrate with live action images. Whether you're creating a cg creature, cg background, physical model addition or even 2 live action elements, the...

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Sad but true..

2011-03-26 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

A cautionary tale: From @VFXSoldier twitterArt Institute graduate spent 70K on degree, can't find video game job, takes up stripping instead. Believe me,  you don't want to see most vfx artists...

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Canada's IATSE local 891 VFX survey

2011-03-24 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Canada's IATSE local 891 VFX union has done a survey of VFX artists that's worth checking out.

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VES handbook thoughts?

2011-03-24 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Now that the VES visual effects handbook has been out several months it would be great to get some specific feedback. Sometime in the next 2-3 years it will likely be updated slightly. Keep in mind...

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Unions, the Middle class and visual effects

2011-03-20 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

For those of you who may not be aware the American Middle Class is under attack by the rich and the powerful.  The corporations are pushing ahead in the name of greed.  For those of you who don't...

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How do these things tie together?

2011-03-13 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Early last week I posted about what was going on in Wisconsin and how that tied into Unions, the Middle Class and Visual Effects.  A couple of posters took issue with my posting so let’s review a few...

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Union update

2011-03-13 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Today the union had an info meeting in Burbank and Vancouver. If you have not attended an IATSE Union info meeting yet I would strongly suggest you contact the point person directly to get the...

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Global VFX Workers

2011-03-10 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Paddy Eason from the U.K asked in a previous posting about the possibility of a global union for vfx workers. The following are some notes I wrote this last weekend.  Some this refers back to a...

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IATSE VFX has public meeting March 13 in Burbank

2011-03-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

IATSE is holding another Public VFX Meeting to try to answer questions about a potential visual effects union. "we will be holding another picnic on Sunday March 13 at 1:00 pm at Johnny Carson Park...

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US Health Care

2010-12-03 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Health care: In a recent posting one of the commenters  suggested that I was being a bit over the top regarding issue of health care.  As I noted there all the information I provided was based either...

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IA VFX Union note

2010-12-03 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

I met with Jimmy Goodman of the IA last week. They are planning to have a blog setup within the next 2 weeks to keep people informed. This would be one vfx union that covers the U.S. and they are...

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IBEW VFX Union meeting

2010-12-03 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

IBEW Announcement Attention all Visual Effects Artists, Practitioners, Aficionados, & Mavens: IBEW Local 40 will be hosting its’ 4th Informational Meeting for those working in the Motion Picture...

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Film incentives

2010-11-16 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Here are a couple of references to those interested in film incentives.  I included these in response to a comment but thought I should also make it full post. Report on the impact of incentive...

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VFX Union - What Next?

2010-11-14 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Reminder: I’m a member of the Board of Directors of the Visual Effects Society.  What I write here on the blog though is only coming from me as a fellow VFX artist and in no way should be...

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VFX Union IA update

2010-11-12 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Just a reminder here I'm trying to provide information for VFX artists to make informed decisions. As noted in an earlier post the IBEW is having a meeting for people interested in a VFX union to...

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IA Visual Effects Union Announcement

2010-11-11 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

fxguide has posted the official announcement of the IA regarding setting up a VFX union.

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VES Handbook up for a Prose award

2010-11-11 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

I've been notified the VES Handbook is up for a Prose award, which is nice recognition for all of those who worked on it. Richard Kerrigan wrote a review on Animation World Network here. Oddly on...

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Reminder - VFX Union meeting Nov 7

2010-11-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

From the IBEW Attention All Visual Effects Practitioners in Southern California: IBEW Local 40 will be holding its’ 3rd  Informational Meeting for those working in the Visual Effects portion of the...

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VES Handbook of Visual Effects now available in Kindle

2010-10-27 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

VES Handbook of Visual Effects now available in Kindle electronic form!

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VFX union. IBEW Meeting

2010-10-26 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

From the IBEW Attention All Visual Effects Practitioners in Southern California:   IBEW Local 40 will be holding its’ 3rd  Informational Meeting for those working in the Visual Effects portion of...

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VES business for film and VFX artists event

2010-10-24 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The Visual Effects Society is having an educational business event for artists. 1099 forms, payroll, insurance and other issues will be covered. Open to non members as well (for a fee) Oct 5, 2010...

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VFX Union Info Meeting tonight

2010-10-16 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

IBEW Local 40 Informational Meeting for Visual Effects Industry It's in Burbank (LA, CA) tonight (Oct 16) at 6pm. I don't know any of the details except the posting at fxguide which lists the...

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Tom Cruise and VFX

2010-10-12 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

For those who haven't seen it there's posting on TomCruise.com regarding vfx information. My Effects Corner blog is listed along with a lot of various blogs, companies, schools, etc. Worth checking...

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VES Annual Meeting

2010-09-23 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

For those VES Members in Southern Calif. don't forget there's the VES Annual Membership Meeting. (This is a members only meeting.  Sorry, no guests) When: Tomorrow, September 23,...

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Price of VFX Education

2010-09-20 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

VFXSoldier has a good posting about VFX education. As VFXSoldier points out all of these VFX schools are in it for profit, which is fine, but be aware of what the true costs are, especially to what...

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Visual Effects Supervisor

2010-09-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Visual Effects Supervisor In this posting (no podcast) I discuss the role of the visual effects supervisor and issues related to this position. Definitions Note that there is no union position for visual effects supervisor, there’s no certification proces…

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Unions and freelancing issues

2010-09-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

How Companies Turn People Against Unions  (org link from the Animation Guild Blog)   Ugh: the 'free' in freelanceMore than 40% of contract workers report trouble getting paid. Average owed:...

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Wages In The VFX, Animation, And Games Industry

2010-08-16 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

VFXsoldier has a very interesting read regarding wages and unions among other things. Click here for the link.

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Vfx helps U.K. post-production stay afloat

2010-08-15 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

For those that don't think the incentives have anything to do with VFX: From Variety article Vfx helps U.K. post-production stay afloat  "While most entertainment business sectors in the U.K. are...

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Getting the most out of your VFX budget

2010-08-13 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Getting the most out of your VFX budget If you were to ask most directors, producers and studios how to get the most out of their VFX budget the knee jerk reaction would be to hire the cheapest VFX...

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Visual Effects Producer

2010-08-10 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

In this podcast I cover a bit more detail on what a Visual effects Producer does. Approx 14 minutes. Related post Budgeting VFX Scheduling VFX Since this was posted a book has been published on VFX producing.…

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Globalization and VFX

2010-08-09 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Globalization and VFX One of the issues facing VFX companies and artists is the issue of globalization. Given the tax incentives and cost of living variance around the world most film studios are...

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Incentive and film program updates

2010-08-09 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Every week there seem to be new updates on state or country incentive and film programs. Clint Eastwood makes UKFC plea - Entertainment News, Top News, Media - Variety Here's a snippet:Scottish-born...

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VES Handbook of Visual Effects

2010-08-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

I'm told the VES Handbook should be available July 30 (currently listed as Aug 13 on Amazon). 960 pages of info written by 88 vfx professionals. (I wrote a few articles and was a co-editor) Full...

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VES Handbook of Visual Effects

2010-08-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

We're still finishing the VES Handbook but it's already listed on Amazon. My understanding is it's supposed to be out this summer (July?). I don't know if the VES has special rates or other options...

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Ray Harryhausen and Chuck Jones exhibitions closing soon

2010-08-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Just a reminder for those in L.A. the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a special exhibit on Ray Harryhausen that opened in May and will be closing Aug 22.  Free. More info on the...

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Could unionization save vfx facilities?

2010-08-04 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Could unionization save vfx facilities? is  a posting by vfxsoldier. There are those who argue that any type of unionization will drive the nail in the coffin for US VFX production.  Since it's...

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Escape Studios competition extended

2010-08-03 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

I was recently contacted by Escape Studios, which offers VFX training in the UK and online. I thought readers might be interested so here's the info from them: We're currently running a competition...

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The Tragic Plight of Hollywood VFX Sweatshops

2010-06-20 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The Tragic Plight of Hollywood VFX Sweatshops is from a retweet by @alba of a tweet from Erik Van HornIt's a posting on sinisthesia.blogspot.com and is worthwhile read for anyone in the vfx industry...

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VFX soldier posting

2010-05-24 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

VFX soldier posting Interesting read. I have a few articles in progress, one that covers some of the same things, but this covers it well.

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VFX filmmaker

2010-05-24 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Lee Stranahan has started a VFX blog at http://vfxfilmmaker.com/ He recently wrote a humorous article for the Huffington Post. Just watch out if you see me on Melrose.

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Hollywood's VFX Sweatshops

2010-05-20 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The latest Time magazine has an article on the VFX business.  Very worth reading. "A major point of contention between VFX shops and studios is the issue of change orders. When a director revises...

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Notes to Store 1.32 released for iPad

2010-05-13 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Notes to Store version 1.32 just released for iPad. Faster, easier brush color and size selection. 16 user defined color presets and other new features.

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Animation Guilde -Persuasion

2010-05-12 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The Animation Guild Blog has a posting regarding their union.

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Previsualization Society

2010-05-09 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

For those involved with previs (creating or using it) you should check out the Previsualization Society. They formed last year and already have several hundred members.  Previs has traditionally been...

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How VFX is perceived by at least one DP

2010-05-01 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

The International Cinematographers Guild magazine has an interview with a DP regarding visual effects: "It's definitely true that the technology is improving constantly.  But I don't understand why...

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Rhythm & Hues Studios is announcing Apprenticeship Programs

2010-04-27 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

(I received this and am posting it here.  I know nothing more than what's listed. - Scott) Rhythm & Hues Studios is announcing Apprenticeship Programs as follows: Animation Apprentice...

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Notes To Store 1.2 for the iPad

2010-04-12 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

My iPad app, Notes To Store has been updated to version 1.2 Faster paint, more background images (darker grids, full lined spiral and legal pads), and photos added in the app can now be full size of...

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3D Stereoscopic Visual Effects - web event

2010-04-06 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Free webinar on 3D Stereoscopic Visual Effects Limited 'seating' but there will be a recording. 10am this Friday. Put on by Lee Stranahan with speakers Jason Goodman and Daniel Smith He's also...

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Response

2010-04-03 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

There have been some good comments regarding some of my posts. As Steve Molin commented: “I think the heart of your post is that the relationships between artist, VFX company and studio are...

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Unions

2010-04-02 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

(I’m not a lawyer or a representative for a union so take this with the grain of virtual salt. As always I’m trying to provide a point of reference and possible ideas to discuss.) There’s been a...

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Audio Reminder

2007-12-14 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

This is just a reminder for those who subscribe to the audio feed to check out the latest articles posted here. http://www.effectscorner.com is the base address that links to this blog.I have a few other articles in progress as well as outlines for some v…

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Storyboards

2007-06-05 :: effectscorner@mac.com (Scott Squires)

Audio Podcast on Storyboards for visual effects.21 minutes long.Previs and Animatics podcast to come.I'm recording this on my MacBook Pro and am a little rusty going through the whoel process so let me know if you have issues getting the podcast.…

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