With the bankruptcy of top-tier VFX house Rhythm & Hues the troubles in that sector of the business are crystallized. We talk with two visual effects pros about the woes facing these artists. Plus, 2012 Oscar winners on how the win changed their lives.
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Kim Masters and John Horn, film writer for the Los Angeles Times, discuss some of this week's top Hollywood news stories.
- Neilson expands its definition of TV viewing to include a variety of streaming options and DVR.
- Contestant on A&E's Storage Wars files papers in a lawsuit that hearken back to the quiz show controversies of old.
- Former interns sue Fox for not abiding by the legal definition of internship which could have implications beyond Hollywood.
Three of 2012's Oscar winners reflect on the past year since they took home the statuette. T.J. Martin won with his producing partner, Daniel Lindsay for the feature documentary Undefeated. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won for the short documentary Saving Face. William Joyce won for co-directing the short animated film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
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.
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