VES Responds to VFX Protest
There are many issues on the table and none of them are simple. Take incentives offered by various states and countries – they distort the marketplace, but obviously they are good for some people because they keep being created and renewed and used. If California expanded its incentives, a great many people might not be as angry and frustrated – they might be employed and achieve greater job security.
So, should the VES lead a call to action on this? How, as a global Society, can we do this without offending some members elsewhere? After thinking long and hard on this I believe the best answer might be that maybe we should. It is a thorny issue and will upset members somewhere if we do it and others if we don’t. And the issue of actually getting the state to offer a meaningful and competitive incentive is not an easy thing to accomplish either – So expect to hear more from us very soon on this.
Business Models – in a sense, we cannot blame the studios for our woes – we are in a business, not a charity. We must be willing to say no unilaterally if we want to make change. It is not enough for one company or one artist or one city, state or country to do it alone. We must all do it. VES is committed to bringing the leaders of our industry together to take a fresh look at what a sustainable business model for the most people could and should be moving forward.
At the end of the day – the VES is working hard to find the answers to these questions and asks for your continued support in these efforts. We will not rest until we can make the kind of changes that make a real difference and that we can all be proud of.
Jeffrey A. Okun
Source: Visual Effects Society