Visual Effects Society Issues Industry Bill of Rights
* Retain ownership of their intellectual property and proprietary tools;
* Fair and reasonable credit for services rendered and/or risks taken;
* Show their work after the project is commercially released for the purpose of securing more work.
A Studio has the right to:
* A clear and reasonable contract delineating the scope of the work, the schedule from commencement to completion of the project, and the payment schedule based on the agreed upon price;
* Be informed in a timely manner before incurring any excess charges, delays or problems with work for which it has contracted;
* Shorten or lengthen a schedule as long as they are willing to compensate facilities;
* Change direction on any aspect of the show in question, as long as it fairly compensates facilities and artists and makes the necessary contractual and time accommodations, on any changes that affect them;
* Expect professional work from facilities, artists and practitioners;
* Expect a high degree of productive collaboration between facilities on shows that have multiple visual effects facilities working on the same project;
These goals must be sought with an overriding concern for improving the artistic quality and value of the films, TV shows, commercials, animation and new media we produce.
We believe that achieving these outcomes – which will benefit visual effects artists and practitioners, visual effects facilities, directors and production studios – will be a collaborative process. This Bill of Rights is only a starting point for a meaningful discussion that will unfold over the months ahead. Each geographic community that is involved in the crafting of visual effects has different needs. VES’s goal is to play the role of catalyst to bring together all the participants in the entertainment industry who interact with visual effects.
This Bill of Rights is also a “bill of responsibilities:” it must be implemented in a manner that strengthens the visual effects industry. We recognize that the responsibility of moving this program further lies primarily with the VES. This is a global issue---by working together, we will benefit together, and so will the entertainment industry at large.