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Q&A with Eric Glatt, former intern who sued Fox Searchlight

INTERNSHIP

Eric Glatt is a former intern on the film Black Swan who, along with Alex Footman, sued Fox Searchlight for unpaid wages related to his internship on the film, which was unpaid. His case has been getting some recent attention from the New York Times, KCRW’s The Business with Kim Masters and other media outlets since the judge on the case recently issued a clear ruling in their favor and as other unpaid internship suits are filed. ProPublica also recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for an investigative reporting into unpaid internships and a recent suit against PBS’s Charlie Rose was settled with the interns being awarded over $110,000 in back pay.

In light of all this, and with internships ubiquitous in the motion design, visual effects, and animation fields, Bran Dougherty-Johnson spoke to Eric recently: (more…)

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | 13 Comments »

How To Make Sure You Can Show Work In Your Portfolio


Can’t say Title (confidential) by Sebas & Clim

You’re in the midst of production — the style frames you designed were approved, the work-in-progress animations you’ve sent along to the client were received well, and you’re rapidly approaching the deadline. You’re really happy with how the job looks, and everything is working smoothly. The client is happy, too. This will be a great piece for your portfolio!

But what happens when your client doesn’t want you to use the finished work in your portfolio?
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 | 28 Comments »

Paying To Work For Free

Last week VFX Soldier exposed a scheme by Digital Domain to offer students at their taxpayer-subsidized university program the opportunity to work for free on their commercial production. In a November speech to investors to raise money for an IPO, Digital Domain CEO John Textor explains their plan this way:

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.

Now I know that you are shocked, absolutely shocked! by these sort of goings-on in the movie business. But the horse has left the barn. The cat is out of the bag. The fat lady sang. No amount of collective smacking our heads, moaning and groaning and rage as we sit in front of our computer screens will stop this from happening now. Digital Domain has already convinced Florida State University and The Department of Education that somehow this is NOT “taking advantage of the students,” and they’ve gotten an $80 Million subsidy from the City of Port St. Lucie and the State of Florida — all on their promise of high-tech jobs.

But does anyone really think that this is the first lesson we should teach future film students?

Some more info:
The Animation Guild: DD Finds New Revenue Stream … Students!
Cartoon Brew: Digital Domain’s John Textor Brags to Investors about Exploiting Animation Student Labor
Canadian Animation Resources: Editorial: Working = Money, right?
Occupy VFX: Shame on Digital Domain
Scott Benson: Paid Internships … The Other Kind
LA Times: Digital Effects Firm’s Partnership With College Draws Artists’ Ire
NY Times: The Unpaid Intern, Legal or Not
US Department of Labor: Internships Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 | 89 Comments »

Moshun is an animated font by Calango.


Moshun is an animated font by Calango.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 | Comments Off

Marcel The Shell WIth Shoes On


Marcel The Shell WIth Shoes On
by Dean Fleischer-Camp

Friday, August 20th, 2010 | Comments Off

MoveOn parodies Lobo’s well-known 2007 campaign for Target in order to protest their recent corporate donations.


MoveOn parodies
Lobo’s well-known 2007 campaign for Target in order to protest their recent corporate donations. (created by Charged)

Friday, August 20th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Scott Squires VFX Artists Don’t Need To Be Taken Advantage Of – Quickie

Scott Squires has just written 10 simple rules, business advice for VFX and animation artists, in the wake of another unpaid artists story coming out of Montreal. Good points that we should all pay attention to.

Friday, August 20th, 2010 | Comments Off

Scott Squires: VFX Artists Don’t Need To Be Taken Advantage Of

Scott Squires has just written 10 simple rules, business advice for VFX and animation artists, in the wake of another unpaid artists story coming out of Montreal. Good points that we should all pay attention to.

I know vfx people love what they do but they don’t have to scr*wed in the process. Besides having to deal with art and technology, vfx artists have to know some common business sense.

So let’s review a few things:
1. Get it in writing. Get it in writing. Get it in writing.
When you are hired you should have a signed basic agreement regarding your pay rate and hours. You don’t want to find out that what you thought you were hired for and what the company thought you were hired for are two different things. Nor do you want to find out they expect an extra 48 hours of overtime for free.

Read the rest here.

Friday, August 20th, 2010 | Comments Off

AENY’s next meeting is Aug. 26th featuring the Foundry, Nuke and Mari


AENY’s next meeting is Aug. 26th featuring the Foundry, Nuke and Mari

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 | Comments Off

ADC Presents PJ Richardson of Laundry! at the Apple Store, Santa Monica Aug. 23rd


ADC Presents PJ Richardson of Laundry! at the Apple Store, Santa Monica Aug. 23rd

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Solid and Ember have joined forces and launched a brand-new reel and site


Solid and Ember have joined forces and launched a brand-new reel and site

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

The C4 Creative Clinic is Sept 22nd in Toronto, presented by PromaxBDA


The C4 Creative Clinic is Sept 22nd in Toronto, presented by PromaxBDA

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 | Comments Off

Visuals Reel 2010 by Markus Wagner


Visuals Reel 2010 by Markus Wagner
(NSFW, probably)

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

More VFX artists not getting paid in Montreal, report Variety and AWN. (Variety link is subscriber only)

More VFX artists not getting paid in Montreal, report Variety (subscriber only) and AWN.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 | Comments Off

Tasty Visuals by Neal Coghlan


Tasty Visuals by Neal Coghlan

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 | Comments Off

NY Post: Edgeworx stiffed freelancers

NY Post: Edgeworx stiffed freelancers

Monday, August 16th, 2010 | Comments Off

Animation, VFX & Games Facilities Salaries

From VFXSoldier: Over 2,500 salaries over the last 8 years from various animation vfx games facilities for you to see.

Monday, August 16th, 2010 | Comments Off

Bedbugs Odyssey by Ned Wenlock


Bedbugs Odyssey by Ned Wenlock

Friday, August 13th, 2010 | Comments Off

It Might Get Loud (+ Steve Tozzi interview)


It Might Get Loud (+ Steve Tozzi interview)
at the always excellent The Art Of The Title Sequence

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Travelodge “Meet The Shellbys”


Travelodge “Meet The Shellbys”
: excellent design and animation in these spots directed by Labour. Animation by Tiny Inventions and Music and Sound Design by Antfood. Collect all six!

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 | Comments Off

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