When you take in an expensive summer tentpole movie [Green Lantern, Transformers 3, Star Wars: Chapter Whatever…], the story might be cool and the actors might be brilliant, but if you’re going to sell a cosmic tale, you also need brilliant visual effects. 88% of the top fifty grossing films of all-time wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans without them – and many TV series Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Lost] rely on them, as well; and yet, the people and companies who provide those brilliant effects work ridiculous hours for surprisingly little pay and no benefits – even, or especially, on union pictures.
The Visual Effects Society has come together to protest these working conditions and find ways to tackle the problems faced by the visual effects artists and companies who are so taken for granted when it comes to the business side of things and exploited beyond anything resembling reasonable recompense and benefits.
Follow the jump to read the Visual Effects Society’s open letter to VFX artists and the industry at large. You will be surprised [and possibly appalled] by what you learn.