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Visual effects artists use Obama’s trip to DreamWorks to protest ‘bleeding’ industry


As Barack Obama visits DreamWorks Animation today to celebrate the strength and financial clout of the American movie industry, a group of visual effects artists will be taking to a south Californian park to protest against unfair treatment and wages. Speaking to Deadline, anonymous protest organizer VFX Soldier clarified that the protest was not intended to embarrass DreamWorks Animation, but instead planned to raise awareness of the the absolute collapse of VFX employment. Subsidies force VFX artists to move around the world to chase contracts Visual effects work takes place primarily in post-production, away from the film set itself, meaning contract jobs can be farmed out to studios away from Hollywood. Increasingly, US states and other countries are offering subsidies for this form of work in the hope of attracting their own burgeoning film and digital industries, forcing studios — who have to pitch and compete against each other for work — to shift their offices around the globe and chase short term contract work. An internet campaign against the use of such subsidies spearheaded by VFX Soldier raised $16,345 earlier this year.

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