FROM Jeff Okun
VFX Industry in Trouble Even as Hollywood relies on stunning visual effects to bring people to the movie theater, the artists who make those spectacles are struggling. This issue became crystallized when the top-tier VFX house Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy even as it was racking up awards for its spectacular work on Life of Pi. We talk with two veteran visual effects supervisors about what's happening in that sector of the industry. Craig Barron has credits like Alice in Wonderland and Hugo. He won an Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He ran the boutique VFX house Matte World Digital for 24 years, but late last year it had to close its doors. Now he works for Tippett Studio. Jeff Okun is a VFX supervisor at Prana Studios and is Chairman of the Board for the Visual Effects Society .
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.