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    VFX workers have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket

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    seems like an ongoing issue in this industry ...

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    I wish situations like this were a new thing.

    Life After Pi: Rhythm and Hues documentary

    Being a VFX artist for motion pictures can be an iffy proposition, from a lifestyle / stability standpoint. Not just from issues with pay / salary or working conditions, but geographically as well, especially in the states.

    There are many who have maintained successful careers for many years; but many more who are essentially chasing from job to job and actually picking up and moving from place to place to get them.

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    Welcome to 2019, Most FX houses cannot keep hundreds of 3D graphics artists on staff as permanent employees. Just watch the credits of just about any Marvel studios production. It can take 20 minutes just to go through the CGI credits. The vast majority of those names are independent contractors. If you are one of those then you need to be a savvy business person and negotiate your contract like a pro. If not then you are a prime candidate for exploitation. In the US freelancers and independent contractors are one in the same. Belonging to a union does not exempt you from having to scrupulously dissect any potential contract. Unions only set a baseline of what is fair compensation etc. Ultimately it is up to the independent contractor (freelancer) to read and understand the fine print of any contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pnevai View Post
    Welcome to 2019, Most FX houses cannot keep hundreds of 3D graphics artists on staff as permanent employees. Just watch the credits of just about any Marvel studios production. It can take 20 minutes just to go through the CGI credits. The vast majority of those names are independent contractors. If you are one of those then you need to be a savvy business person and negotiate your contract like a pro. If not then you are a prime candidate for exploitation. In the US freelancers and independent contractors are one in the same. Belonging to a union does not exempt you from having to scrupulously dissect any potential contract. Unions only set a baseline of what is fair compensation etc. Ultimately it is up to the independent contractor (freelancer) to read and understand the fine print of any contract.


    AGREED 1,000%

    This should be made sticky !

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    I recall this anecdote from Kat.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS8LJzl6eCY#t=9m40s

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    One of the reasons I don't work in the industry much any more is that countries like the UK, where this scandal is occurring, give tax breaks to Disney for shooting a movie there even if it is set in Texas. So, even with tax breaks, they are STILL going out of biz and trashing workers? of course.

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