The vfx industry is perverse. It provides the backbone visuals powering the top box office hits, yet its artists are named – if at all – at the very end of the credit roll. Its production houses are continuously expected to deliver more, better, faster… for less money, and competing houses always seem to be circling, waiting for an opportunity. As a work-for-hire artist you can earn very well, at the cost of health issues such as burnout and other stress-related issues. It’s a perverse industry fitting of the crash-and-burn economy our society currently seems worthy of emulating.
Still, it’s sad that a company like Rhythm & Hues, on the coattails of an Oscar-winning performance, has to declare bankruptcy.