March 2, 2014 2 Comments
March 2, 2014 Leave a Comment
The corporate machine is terrified of peaceful non-violent civil disobedience growing. Even half a dozen minority kitchen workers holding picket signs in front of a hotel which treats them like garbage highlights a societal ill.
We will be down at the Hollywood & Vine showing our support for the Visual Effects protest and hope to see you there as well.
June 20, 2013 Leave a Comment
Quick moment to respond to this Reddit thread in which we’re taking some criticism.
We’ve “branded” ourselves with Occupy in our name because we share the same goals as the global Occupy Movement, as well as other bottom up movements which represent 99% of working people through out the world. Just like Occupy we are bottom up fighting a top down machine, doing our part to help organize (physically) and disseminate information. We are also thinking globally and acting locally on behalf of our little vfx industry, which is desperately suffering from the same negatives as many other industries throughout the 1st world which the larger movement has done an excellent job at bringing attention to. So regardless of what we call ourselves, we’re trying to do our part to help the situation get batter, rather than being passive and complacent.
March 6, 2013 9 Comments
A shrinking industry allows employers to screw employees by death to a thousand cuts. First you don’t get the rate you ask for, then you don’t get overtime, then your benefits get cut, then your health care coverage gets cut, then you’re asked to not come in for a few days, then there are no dinners provided when you work late, then your parking space gets taken away, then your garbage can stops being emptied, then theres no paper towels in the bathroom anymore, etc…
Over 10 years ago we were hearing and seeing the classic regressive argument by those a-washed in fear which is always “unionizing will send the jobs away.” That same argument can still be heard today at the water cooler or in a forum online and look where all the jobs have gone with us NOT being unionized. Away to countries that have borderline slave labor.
There is absolutely no excuse anymore for every artist in the industry in the US, Canada, UK, NZ, etc to not sign a rep card so we are a globally unionized industry.
Additional information can be found here, for US-based artists – http://vfxunion.info/
For those of you based in Vancouver, check out IATSE local 891 – http://iatse.com/
For London-based VFX professionals, please do some research on BECTU – http://www.bectu.org.uk/home
For US-based artists, there is an online rep card available here – http://animationguild.org/online-repcard/
Dave Rand couldn’t have said it better in his YouTube video, posted here this morning. We at OccupyVFX feel that Dave Rand has been an invaluable member and organizer of the VFX Protest, and we would like to thank him profusely for his efforts.
February 23, 2013 5 Comments
Life of PI, which has grossed over half a billion dollars internationally, is the sure bet to win the visual effects Oscar this year for some of the best character and environment work ever seen on screen which was intrigal to telling this story which 5 years ago, was technologically impossible to tell. At the same time the company that made the lead character of the film, Rythum & Hues is going out of business mainly as a result of being a causality of the 10+ year US VFX industry race to the bottom of chasing tax breaks, outsourcing, lowering wadges, and a un-unionized workforce.
We will be down at Hollywood & Vine to show our support. Not driving, taking the Metro of course.
December 6, 2012 12 Comments
June 4, 2012 1 Comment
For those of you who spend your lunch hour bitching about your company and the state of the industry, here’s a way you can take two minutes out of your day to start to doing something about it.
May 31, 2012 Leave a Comment
Posting this to help show our support for the IATSE meetup this weekend. Get out there this Sunday June 3rd between 1 – 3 pm. Address:
The International Cinematographer’s Guild
7755 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, California 90046
Additional information at vfx.iatse-intl.org