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Life After Pi: The VFX Industry Versus Hollywood

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Ahead of the Oscars, documentary examines the fate of Rhythm & Hues

Life After Pi: The VFX Industry Versus Hollywood

Hollywood movies are relying on the magic of post production more than ever – so why are many of the post houses suffering from shrinking budgets and the threat of bankruptcy? A new documentary, ‘Life After Pi’, examines the fate of Rhythm & Hues studio, the L.A. based Visual Effects company that won an Academy Award for its ground-breaking work on "Life of Pi" just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy.

Part of the issue may be that the high level of technology involved distracts from the craft and the human labour needed to create these images. “It’s not done by the computer, it’s done by a lot of people and there’s a lot of people in the background working away night and day to get the projects done,” explains Scott Squires, VFX supervisor who has worked on Star Wars and Transformers.

Life After Pi also questions the fact that, more often than not, VFX and post companies do not receive a percentage of the profit. So a movie can go on to net hundreds of millions in the box office, none of which will be shared with the people who brought it to life – despite the fact that, according to the film, 49 of the 50 highest grossing movies of all time rely heavily on VFX or animated characters. On the flip side, the film also shows how VFX companies frequently end up shouldering costs due to delays from movie producers – as was the case with Rhythm & Hues and The Life of Pi.

The film was directed by Scott Leberecht, a VFX art director who has himself worked on movies such as Spawn and Sleepy Hollow. It has been created to raise awareness of the issue and encourage those affected to take action. To find out more about how to get involved and about the VFX protests due to take place at the Oscars on March 2, head here: http://www.hollywoodendingmovie.com/take-action/



DIRECTED/EDITED BY: Scott Leberecht 

PRODUCED BY: Christina Lee Storm 

GRIP/LIGHTING/SOUND: Brian Sorbo 

CAMERA OPERATORS: Nick Thiesen, David Andrade, Nick Donel 

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Missy Wiechers 

MUSIC BY: Kays Alatrakchi 

ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE: Jud Pratt 

ILLUSTRATOR: Jesse Mesa Toves 

PUBLICIST: Scot Byrd 

WEBSITE DESIGN BY: Chris Dalton 

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR: Matthew Lengyel 

SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT: Yolanda Rodriguez 

LEGAL SERVICES BY: Lincoln Bandlow, Lathrop & Gage, LLP AND Law Offices of Clifford Lo


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Genres: Documentary

LBB Editorial, Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:44:58 GMT