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Hi Julian, I appreciate that silly hours are done by artists and unreasonable demands are made often without credit. The tech gets better so artists jam more in. But this is what leads to ridiculous inefficiencies in the production of mainstream VFX with hundreds of artists adopting ever more ridiculous workflows. Thousands of lines of code to do procedural scale placement, writing in house renderers, rewriting hair systems, muscle systems, production trackers. Basically studios will re invent the wheel on every major job. When budgets change you must change with them. As an artist I'm guilty of tech abuse but as a director and producer I never forget that VFX is just a tool to sell an illusion that tells a story, not win a VES award.
My crew are great. Very small, super talented, very efficient and well rewarded. It's hard to find people who are this capable. However most artists have never run a business and are far from qualified on making comment. I've watched kids blindly jump on this bandwagon for years, donning green T-shirts and writing outraged posts about the very tax credits that just paid their wage. They need to focus this energy on their chosen craft. About 1 in 30 of the submissions I see are capable enough to be considered for employment despite have big credits to their name and showreels to match.
Hard to make money when your artists spend 3 weeks on shots that should take 3 days while they surf Facebook and pontificate about tax credits from the comfort of their ergonomic chairs.
These breakdowns are nothing new. The work on the Jungle book work was simply astounding in its scope and detail. It also pushed the bounds without alerting the audience to the techniques. The digital human work in Rogue One was both unnecessary and unconvincing.
@John - Tech check is a mandatory process required by every distributor on supplied masters. This is run by a specialist house and a full report is produced.
Issues that arise during tech check can range from picture issues such as compression artefacts, compositing issues, legal grading limits and sound problems.
Each issue is graded 1 - 5. 1 being minor and can in many cases be overlooked, 5 being a problem that must be fixed.
This report becomes part of the deliverables of any deal.