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Fake Studio Not Paying VFX Artists

VARIETY reports that many vfx artists who worked for Montreal's Fake Studio on PIRANHA 3D have not been paid.

VARIETY reports that many vfx artists who worked for Montreal's Fake Studio on PIRANHA 3D have not been paid. Payments were due to artists in April, but are still outstanding. Marc Cote, a principal in the firm, told the trade that the company will "reimburse [the artists] as quickly as operations permit."

VFX artist Manny Wong told VARIETY that he had negotiated a pay-in-advance agreement fearing the non-payment trend set by Meteor Studios. However, he passed on the upfront payment because he liked the environment at Fake and felt the management was upfront about the production's difficulties. Eventually, Fake told the artists that it no longer could pay them out of their own pockets, having not been paid by the studio. Dimension told VARIETY that they have now been paid.

Cote has brought in a financial consultant named Louis Turp, who said this situation "won't happen again."

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