Thursday, February 21, 2013

Free ... Free! ... FREE!!

As the visual effects industry reels, a solution is found:

“Beasts” is up for four Oscars, including Best Picture – a coup for a film made on a shoestring $1.5 million budget. ... Students worked from 10 to 40 hours a week as part of the academy’s “Compositing in Production” class dubbed Studio 400A, an advanced elective wherein students offer free visual-effects work for low-budget films.

“Finding out about this class was a revelation in an industry geared towards ‘Iron Man 3′ and ‘The Avengers’,” said Mr. Penn. Big-name visual-effects houses didn’t even want to talk to us, he said, let alone offer a price quote. ...

With visual-effects work more frequently being outsourced to China and India, the class creates a rare real-world opportunity for students to work with a lean pipeline of producers and editors.

From enhancing explosions to layering garbage onto surging water, Academy of Art students worked on 85 of 120 shots in “Beasts.” ...

Tonight I saw a news report that 71% of the population is in favor of raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour. So it's heart-warming to see an industry that is marching in the opposite direction.

Work for FREE! Make other people money!!


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