Since the announcement of the Rhythm and Hues bankruptcy filing, the global visual effects community has undergone an upheaval geared toward awareness and change. After the Oscar Day Protest, a series of Town Hall meetings organized by workers such as yourself have occurred around the US and Canada. Discussions have ranged from the current state of affairs for vfx artists and vfx shops in the face of pressures from the production entities to the effect of entertainment tax subsidies on freelance globetrotting vfx workers.
The latest in these meet-ups is happening next week and focuses on the unionization of the vfx artist workforce and the benefits of representation through the IATSE. There are three physical locations where those interested can gather: IATSE Local 80 Sound Stage in Burbank, PAL Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and 3210 Studios in San Rafel, California. As has been the standard with these meetings, it will also be available through Google Hangout and a live stream will be on web at vfxtownhall.
The speakers in Los Angeles will include representatives from the Editors Guild (Local 700), the Art Directors Guild (Local 800), as the Animation Guild (Local 839). Both representatives from the union and workers operating under union contracts will speak. Vancouver has slated representatives from Local 891 as well as artists from the community.
We encourage all who can to attend at one of these locations and participate in the discussion. The time to use the leverage inherent in the skills of the artists to set conditions and standards that dictate a sustainable and viable industry is here. This organizer looks forward to sharing that message and hopefully empowering those attending to help make that change.
Tuesday, June 25th – A VFX Town Hall about the IATSE
IATSE Local 80 Hall
2520 West Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91505
Doors open at 7:30pm PST, international program begins at 8pm
The PAL Theatre
581 Cardero Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6G 3L3
Doors open at 6:30pm PST
local panel presentation at 7:00pm, international program begins at 8pm
3210 Kerner Blvd., Marin, CA 94901
Doors open at 7:30 PST, international program begins at 8pm
Please help spread the word and we hope to see you there!