Support the VFX Industry: “Piece of the Pi” Demonstration Tomorrow 2/24/2013 @ the Academy Awards

Rhythm & Hues Sizzle Reel 2012

Dear Friends of the WGA, DGA, PGA, SAG/AFTRA, and IATSE,

My friends at Rhythm & Hues Studios are up for Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Visual Effects their work on two films: THE LIFE OF PI and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. They also worked on DJANGO UNCHAINED which is nominated for Best Picture.

If Rhythm & Hues wins this year’s award, it will be their third having won for BABE (1995) and THE GOLDEN COMPASS (2007). Sadly, however, earlier this month, R&H filed for bankruptcy and was shuttered after 25 years in the biz.

Of all the artisans, technicians and craftspersons of the entertainment industry, the VFX field is the newest and unfortunately, the workers are the most exploited due to the fact that they are not affiliated with any union although there have been some attempts to bring them into the fold of the Animation Guild IATSE Local 839 (tip of the hat to Steve Hulett). VFX professionals are not organized and many that I’ve spoken to do not even understand why they should be.

Won’t you please join them (or at the very least support them through outreach and mentoring) as former Rhythm & Hues employees and the VFX community at large gather tomorrow for a “PIECE OF THE PI” demonstration that will take place at Hollywood & Vine from 1pm-4:30 tomorrow, Sunday March 24, 2013.

More info at their FB event here:

Please join our VFX brothers and sisters in solidarity as their struggle is our struggle. Let us always remember that we are all in this together.