Originally Posted by NetworkTV
Don't joke too much.
Traditional animation has already been mostly outsourced there. It's not out of the realm of possibility that CGI could end up there down the road (at least for TV), especially if the lionshare of the audience for a show is streaming. Compression and filtering for streaming hides a multitude of production sins.
That's a problem in features, where they have long post production turnaround times. But American television production is a whole different animal. The turnaround times are so fast, it's really difficult to outsource the work. You need a pretty constant connection between the VFX supervisor, the creatives on the show, and the computer artists, bouncing ideas off each other, tweaking the edit, looking at work in progress, etc. A VFX Supervisor really needs to be able to sit in an edit bay looking at shots with the producers, then drive over to his artist's offices, to look over their shoulders while they make minor adjustments to color, lighting, etc. Major time zone differences make that very very difficult. A few shows have tried it with very poor results. More likely, the VFX company needs to open up a small shop in whatever city the production is working in for tax credits, and have a dedicated crew working there for that show. For example, the company I work for set up a small division in Atlanta this year specifically to do the effects for a TV show filming there.
For shows on cable networks, that have longer post schedules, this might eventually be a problem. And interestingly, I was recently on the opposite side of the outsourcing issue, working on a BBC television show as an experiment. I'm totally fine with outsourcing when it brings job TO Los Angeles instead of AWAY from it.