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 I'm a visual effects artist - 17 years in the industry, creating vfx for commercials, TV shows, and movies that make a lot of money for increasingly fewer people.

  Today, in Los Angeles, from 1pm to 4:30pm at Hollywood and Vine, there will be a demonstration to raise awareness of how billions of dollars are being made by corporations and studios, while the workers and companies who actually create these stunning effects are increasingly going unpaid, declaring Chapter 11, or going fully out of business. How can this be?

How can the company that could win an Oscar tonight for top visual effects for "Life of Pi" have to declare bankruptcy last week?

Who is eating this pie? Why are the workers treated like crumbs and swept under the red carpet? Who will fight this injustice? (I'm not waiting for Superman).

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Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 01:38 PM PDT

Obama one liner

by vfxartist1

 I work in Pioneer Square in Seattle, so I got a chance to see the President this morning wave from his stretch SUV as he raced off to a fundraiser. Listening to the fundraiser, here is a pretty darn good line I'm sure we'll hear again and again.

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Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 11:55 AM PST

The irony of an "empty" deal

by vfxartist1

 I rarely post diaries - at times I feel like we're all preaching to the choir. No longer.

 The following quote from the White House today is such chutzpah, and in looking up the definition, one comes back as:

Chutzpah (pronounced /ˈxʊtspə/) is the quality of audacity, for good or for bad.

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Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 09:54 AM PDT

Enough of the FAKE waterboardings!

by vfxartist1

 These "waterboarding shows" are outrages - even Keith Olbermann is falling for them. Anyone who does not object with fury to these "shows" is, frankly, is part of the big media/entertainment lie that is going on. More below.

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