With the Oscar Academy Awards last weekend, there were a couple of things to talk about in regards to the motion graphics community:
1. The protest by visual effects (VFX) artists over unfair pay.
The Life of Pi won the oscar for “Best Visual Effects” but the company responsible for it, Rhythm & Hues Studios, has recently declared bankruptcy. This has caused a fair amount of outcry in the community over the pay gap between what VFX artists get paid and what the studios pocket. Many of the artists haven’t been paid in more than 5 weeks. The protesters also organized to have a plane circle overhead carrying a banner that read “box office + bankrupt = visual effects vfxunion.com.” Motion graphics is called “the invisible art” and I think many people take not just the work, but the people who create it for granted too. Also, the VFX Oscar winner Bill Westenhofer was cut short just before talking about Rhythm & Hues Studios during his acceptance speech (the video of it has since been taken down).
2. Pixar’s win for Paperman.
I would add a link to the actual video but they have all been taken down. It is an amazing animated short. Adam & Dog was also a great short that’s worth checking out by going to your local small theater that plays animated shorts, I guess? The Academy requested that all nominees take down their videos from YouTube and other online outlets so as not to dilute the reputation of watching shorts in theaters. I get it. But I also think that a film should be allowed to promote themselves however they want. The Internet is an amazing platform, particularly for sharing short videos. Your computer at home can be just as powerful a place to watch movies as an actual theater. It boils down to the story. If it’s a moving story, why does your location change anything?
Image source: Guardian.co.uk