VFX Labour Issues

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.

CASO-State of Visual Effects in Ontario

CASO is a association that represents the Computer Animation and Visual Effects studios in Ontario.  On Friday March 8th, they held a meeting to discuss the state of the industry in Ontario.  Authority VFX has posted a recording of the meeting on their website.

I found the entire thing fascinating to listen to.  If you work in VFX in Toronto, you should definitely listen to what the studio owners think of the recent issues.