VES Production Summit to Address Paradigm Shift
"Vfx is no longer the domain of a few companies," Brown suggests. "Sequences can be sent all around the world. The business is now relatively mature but still improving its offer in terms of greater skill and cheaper price exponentially. Pipelines, animation tech and artist technique is improving as speeds go up and storage costs come down. The question here might be could artists be replaced by smart machines?
"Do [studios] love vfx or regard them as an expensive necessary evil? Most studios have had in-house vfx and then got rid of it. And if vfx are (as we'd all agree) crucial to big budget success, why don't credits reflect this?
"Vfx are riding a wave of formulaic superhero and/or disaster extravaganzas. What if this changes? Vfx drive major day and date releases. What if the distribution paradigm changes and studios can no longer justify $200m bets?
"Lastly, where are the big new facilities capable of producing a 'blockbusterful' of FX on an industrial scale being built?"
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.