A point of clarification.

We would like to take this opportunity to clarify further on the goals of this blog, and we believe, the movement in general.

This is not Anti-anybody.

No one thinks that London is full of lesser artists, or that New York is somehow riddled with incapable maroons.  This is merely about promoting where the American film industry resides. We would like to see Los Angeles stay the hub of visual effects for American Cinema.

Organizing VFX talent and reducing or eliminating subsidies should be the goal of every artist and supervisor. Otherwise, nowhere is safe. No one is angry at New Mexico for offering really attractive offers… they are angry at New Mexico for stopping the offers and killing the industry where people bought houses and moved their families.

There is a fair amount of reward for people in New York, New Zealand, Vancouver, and Singapore. It seems like the gold will never leave. That there will be a glut of work for decades to come. It felt like that here in Los Angeles 8 to 10 years ago. When people flocked here from all over the US and other countries. We can tell you from experience that it does dry up.

This is why, while it feels protectionist, it is not. This movement is not an ANTI movement. We are a team. We are like minded, hard working professionals and students of every walk of life who dream of a better life making great imagery. We want fairness in pay, and options for our futures. We want the ability to settle down and live lives of success and challenges. None of us are averse to hard work.

VFX Los Angeles supports VFX artists. Period. The focus is to bring it back to profitability and to bring a once vibrant industry back to Los Angeles and be a partner with other states and countries. This train needs a conductor. For American film, that is Los Angeles. For UK film, that is probably London. For Asian film, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan. For Canadian film, Vancouver and Montreal. We all have our markets. Let us grow those markets. Let us work together.

We challenge other voices to start a VFX Vancouver blog or a VFX Sinagpore blog. Bring the voices together and help end any us versus them, and let us all make great movies and television, great commercials and trade projects.

VFX Los Angeles


So, it begins.

Well, it looks like VFX Soldier has started the campaign to reign in subsidies.

This is an important step in reclaiming at least part of the industry. This gives everyone a chance at a more equal playing field.

Between this and a union, there may be some real control over our lives as the industry grows and we become established like grips, painters, electricians, directors and writers. All of whom have guilds or unions to help them with an industry that is notoriously fickle.

Let us join together with one voice to help staunch the flow of creative blood that is having to leave California and leave families behind only to find less work, with more hours and no job security.