VFX Community Criticizes Student Labor Decision

VFX Community Criticizes Student Labor Decision

from: FilmWorksLA.com

If you work in the animation or visual effects industry, reading the popular blog known as VFX Soldier is likely a part of your morning routine.

This week, the blog criticized a decision by Digital Domain to replace 30% of its paid workforce with Florida State University students.

According to a recorded presentation by Digital Domain CEO John Textor, the new arrangement will not only provide the firm with free labor, but will sult in “labor that’s actually paying [Digital Domain]“:

Not only is this a first in a number of ways that we’ve talked about, but 30% of the workforce at our digital studio down in Florida, is not only going to be free with student labor, it’s going to be labor that’s actually paying us for the privilege of working on our films… [If] we don’t do something to dramatically reduce costs in our industry… we’re going to lose these jobs, and our industry was going very quickly to India and China.

Commenters took issue with the plan, with one noting that while it’s one thing to work for low wages, “it’s another thing to work for free, and unfathomable to be expected to pay to work for free.”

Film Works will continue to monitor developments concerning film and VFX jobs in California.

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