(Source: vfxwages.com) Many complain that outsourcing companies in Asia cut jobs in the West and many fear that low wages in the East endanger jobs in the West. No doubt there is a trend towards outsourcing since economic downturns force many producers to look for cheaper options abroad.

I just want to shed some light on the environment domestic artists are forced to work and live in and how they think about us.

Here are some facts:



(Source: Awn.com) The Previsualization Society, a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing previsualization (“previs”) in feature film, games, commercials and architecture, has gone live this month, with membership applications now formally being accepted and an online portal newly active on the Web.  The initiatives are part of a ramp-up of activities for the Previsualization Society’s inaugural year and are key steps in the group’s mission of cultivating a community of knowledge and information around the previs process. Both initiatives are being launched on www.previssociety.com.



(Source: kelowna.com) Every accomplishment John Knoll has achieved in his professional life as a visual effects supervisor for some of Hollywood’s biggest films, he owes to his youthful hobbies.

Speaking at an informal keynote session at Vancity Theatre on Thursday to open SPARK FX ‘10, the third annual convention of the Vancouver visual effects industry, Knoll recalled how his childhood hobby of building model miniatures and making clay animation stop-motion films — not to mention seeing the first Star Wars movie — led to him attending film school at the University of Southern California. While there, he took up another hobby, building a motion control system on a second-hand Apple 2 computer with 64 K of memory. That led to Industrial Light & Magic hiring him.


(Source: ebook30.com)


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(Source: Variety.com) Another Hollywood name is taking aim at the vidgame world.

Oscar-winning visual effects studio Rhythm & Hues Studios is teaming with Japan’s Brosta TV to create new intellectual properties for the global gaming market. One of the first areas the partnership intends to focus on is the mobile game market.

The first products are expected to be introduced this spring and will blend eastern and western styles in an attempt to appeal to a global audience.

Beyond mobile games, the partnership will also look to expand into books, graphic novels and — eventually — film and TV.



(Source: denofgeek.com) We’ve not included the sequels that are lined up for before the end of the summer, so there’s no Iron Man 2 or Toy Story 3 in here. We’ve ruled out outright reboots too, hence no Spider-Man.

But there’s still a lot to talk about…


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Zack Snyder revealed last year that Frank Miller was working on an idea to the huge hit 300, As Snyder told MTV, “There’s something that happens in history between Leonidas dying at the Hot Gates and Platea. That’s a year that’s left out of the [original] movie. A lot happened.” And that seems to be the focal point for the eventual sequel. It’s still in development right now, though.

(Source: blueskydisney.blogspot.com) In 1906 an earthquake hit the city of San Fransisco that absolutely devastated the area beyond all recognition…

And Brad Bird was nowhere to be seen. Remember Brad Bird? He’s the amazingly gifted director that has produced genius works like “The Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” and “Ratatouille.” Bird’s current project, one that he’s been actively working on for the last two years is “1906.” It’s the project he was working on after The Incredibles when John Lasseter asked him to direct a film about a cooking rat. Out of respect for John he set it aside and began trying to rework Jan Pinkava’s original concept into something filmable. After it was all over he went back to his passion project and he’s been there ever since.



(Source: gamasutra.com) In 2008, Darrell Rodriguez left his job as EALA’s COO and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to become the president of LucasArts.

Since that time, there have been a lot of ups and downs at the company — the cancellation of the overhyped next-gen Indiana Jones game; the success of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed; the rise of Lego-ization; the revival of Monkey Island under its original roof; and the quiet resumption of original IP development at the studio with the Xbox Live Arcade title Lucidity.



(Source: Visual Effects Society) The Visual Effects Society (VES), announced the 2010 Board of Director officers who were elected at the January 20, 2010 board meeting. The list of officials includes Jeffrey A. Okun, Visual Effects Supervisor, who was re-elected for a second one-year term as Board Chair.

“I am honored to have been re-elected Chair of the VES,” states Okun. “This is a pivotal year for the VES and I am pleased to lead our community of artists as their talents and influence are recognized within our industry across the board – in film, broadcast, special venue, commercials, games and animation!

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