View Full Version : VES releases new demo material guidelines for VFX facilities and artists

08-21-2015, 11:28 AM
There are some things here that some of you might not like...At all

Visual Effects Society Demo Material Guidelines
Prepared by the VES Business, Labor & Law Committee


From the earliest beginnings of our industry, compilation or “demo” reels as they are known in the industry have been the standard vehicle that artists and facilities use to promote and market their skills and services. With the proliferation of online distribution and digital media formats, and concerns for security, this industry standard practice has been challenged for a myriad of legitimate reasons. However, the practices and policies implemented to date have become inconsistent among producers, studios and production companies. This, in turn, has negatively impacted visual effects practitioners who are increasingly denied access to their work while trying to survive in a highly competitive and global marketplace.

As stated in the Visual Effects Society’s VFX Bill of Rights, the Society upholds the concept of Portfolio Rights. More specifically, we recognize the right of artists and facilities to show work that they have contributed to in order to seek and gain employment in the field.

Using work from a project on a demo reel may seem a logical and even moral right, but it is critical to acknowledge this is an arena fraught with complexity that can result in legal action and even criminal proceedings if mishandled. Copyright law can be a delicate arena to navigate. Thus the VES makes the following recommendations on how materials are handled, both at the facility and the artist level.


08-22-2015, 12:28 PM
Everything presented seems well thought out and reasonable. The prohibition against material NOT used in the final release may mean you can't show off some interesting stuff, but with permissions and waiting until after the first, cash drawing release, alternate takes and deleted scenes should be okay.

08-23-2015, 02:36 AM
Yup, I'm with Kurt, it all seems very reasonable.