VFX Labour Issues

F*ck you, pay me...

-This is a great talk given by Mike Monteiro.  He is one of the co-founders of Mule Design, and this talk should be listened to by anyone who gets paid to do creative work. He has a book, called Design is a Job (which is fantastic, and goes into more detail than this talk).  You can listen to his podcast, 'Let's Make Mistakes' here.

-On a related note, this is a service that I'll be using in the future.  It's 'Contract Gurus', a web service that describes itself as 'An attorney will review, summarize and explain your contracts for a fraction of the cost of a traditional lawyer or law firm.'  Probably not as good as a lawyer, but much cheaper.  I have yet to use it, but once I do I'll be sure to let you know my experience with it.  God knows I've signed several contracts without thoroughly reading/understanding every line.

FX Townhall Meeting

-They recorded the FX Townhall Meeting and put it up on YouTube.

If you can't watch all 2.5 hours of it, FX Guide has a nice roundup of the events.

-Houdini 12.5 and Mari 2 were released yesterday.  You can see details here and here.

-I came across a fantastic math talk yesterday.  After watching it, I got mad (again) about the way math is taught in school.  Highly recommended:

40 Hour Work Week?

Here's a great article on Salon that indirectly relates to VFX.  It talks about the 40-hour work week, how that came to be, and what has happened over the last 30 years.

Personally speaking, it's been a relatively rare thing for me to work a 40 hour week.  I usually put in 30 hours a week at a studio job (if I'm lucky) and then my teaching schedule is added on top of that.  By this time of the year I'm pretty much burned out.  My school holidays are coming up in six weeks, the same time when my studio contract runs out.  Can't wait for some time off.

Generally speaking, I think most people in VFX are in a constant state of being tired and worn out.  Every once and a while you hit a great project that's really well run, and you definitely saver those.  I've been really lucky the past year or so, but even being on those great projects, the schedule can still take a toll on you.