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post #1 of 5 Old 03-06-2014, 05:39 PM - Thread Starter
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Interesting watch on the state of the VFX companies and dealing with the movie studios etc.

The Mod Squad: New vs. Classic TV Series Opening https://vimeo.com/63119329
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^ That was sickeningly illuminating. I will definitely be spreading the word in hopes that a change will come and everyone who helps create a film gets fair compensation.

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It seems clear that two major changes are needed:

1. VFX companies need to stop contracting their work based shot count and start doing it based on hours worked instead of shots. Or at least to include shot revisions as extra cost items. There's no use complaining about it at the same time they continue to sign contracts that are going to cause them problems.

2. There needs to be better communication between the directory ("decision maker") and the VFX company so that a lot of effort isn't expended on something that's going to be rejected. I find it amazing that this is an issue in this age of electronic communication.
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It seems clear that two major changes are needed:

1. VFX companies need to stop contracting their work based shot count and start doing it based on hours worked instead of shots. Or at least to include shot revisions as extra cost items. There's no use complaining about it at the same time they continue to sign contracts that are going to cause them problems

That's a lot easier to say than do. If you take this stand with the studios and someone else doesn't, and they go to that other company, then you are even worse off. The fact that that other company may ultimately end up in the same situation that you are currently in will be cold comfort probably. In order for something like that to work, there would probably need to be fairly wide spread agreement in the industry that everyone will do it. And of course that means overseas as well, since it's just digital content and can be done anywhere.
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That's a lot easier to say than do. If you take this stand with the studios and someone else doesn't, and they go to that other company, then you are even worse off.
It's a tough situation. But if you bid on a project and sign a contract even in the face of knowing that these are the kinds of risks you're taking, who's fault is that?

Fool me once, shame on you...
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