The VFX War: Part 1 — The iPhone Analogy

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series The VFX War

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series The VFX War

 A Quality Product Should Be Its Own Reward

It is hard to realize that the iPhone is not even a decade old. For the most part it works so well, that it fades into the background of our daily lives — quietly doing its job. Now remove it from our lives, and see what effect that has, and our reliance on the technology will be evident.

No one in their right mind would even try (apologies to Samsung).

Modern visual effects using computer … Continue reading

The VFX War: Part 2 — Fish In A Barrel

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series The VFX War

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series The VFX War

We Are Eating Ourselves.

It’s almost as if someone planned it. A Macivelian overlord sat down one day, scheming how to drive down prices, institute near slave-driven hours (without compensation as often as possible) by arbitrarily putting a date on a calendar, increase their profits, pay for no benefits, accept government kickbacks and free labor. However no such overlord exists, and we have done much of this to ourselves.

We have no industry standard bidding contracts, and we constantly undermine each other … Continue reading

The VFX War: Part 3 — The Slight Heard Round The World

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series The VFX War

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series The VFX War

Hollywood’s Juvenile Response to Brilliance.

For 2014 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences promises in a Variety article to “get the visual effects presentation right this year.” They are in reference to last year’s global debacle of a presentation after The Life of Pi was played offstage as the vfx supervisors were attempting to honor the artists who lost their jobs making the film — and the director who publicly thanked everyone (I mean everyone) on the show except his … Continue reading

The VFX War: Part 4 —The California Drought

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series The VFX War

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series The VFX War

The Great Dust Bowl 2

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There is little to no rain in California. For the last several years the once verdant fields of this great American state (both in size and productivity) have produced fewer crops as water restrictions expand every year. Los Angeles, is a desert, and has always … Continue reading