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Old 10 October 2012   #1
Possible Layoffs at Double Negative??

Some post on twitter showing that possibly 200+ people may have been let go of Double Negative.

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23dneg&src=hash

Any one heard anything about this ?
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Old 10 October 2012   #2
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Old 10 October 2012   #3
It seems there is never any happy news in this industry.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #4
It's true I'm afraid, I have a friend that's been effected by the layoffs.

The whole industry in London seems to be going though a bit of a lean patch right now, but next year looks busy from what I hear.
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Old 10 October 2012   #5
Rumours vary between 200-250 people. But it seems rather certain that it is happening.
Best of luck to all the people affected.

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Old 10 October 2012   #6
Double Negative lays off 200+...

No thread here yet...but according to twitter comments Double Negative has laid off over 200 people...hopefully something of DD proportions isn't going on.

https://twitter.com/search?q=dneg&src=typd


Nele Steenput ‏@Nele_St 250 ppl got laid off at Dneg today... dark months for the VFX industry :(



VFX_RANT ‏@VFX_RANT Told today that artists at #Dneg were notified about the layoffs via email. Then had to wait to find out who was getting cut. Real classy.
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Old 10 October 2012   #7
Well while I don't know personally how many or when, I do have a friend who was looking for work recently after working there. London is going through a lull right now but apparently there are lots of projects next year so will pick up again.

However, isn't the nature of being a VFX artist that it's contract based? The only way to guarantee more work is to make yourself irreplacable. Unfortunately for a lot of the types of jobs out there, that isn't possible.

The way london 'employs' is a strange one. On one hand you have signed a fixed length contract. On the other, you are fully registered as an employee in the governments eyes so that companies dont get slammed with IR35 investigations. So you are fully employed, but just for a little bit.

I could go on for ages about london. I'm from there and have lots of thoughts, good and bad about the industry there. I would say be thankful that its there.
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Old 10 October 2012   #8
Been seeing this stuff go by..terrible.

And at another place doing top notch work on very large projects. Madness.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #9
DNeg got pretty big during JCOM. I’m guessing they had a lot of surplus staff sitting around waiting for new projects of which some failed to materialize.
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Old 10 October 2012   #10
What a mess.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #11
http://www.fxguide.com/quicktakes/t...e-dneg-layoffs/

Double Negative has had a busy year delivering spectacular VFX (either as sole or main vendor) for some of the biggest films of the year including The Dark Knight Rises, Snow White and the Huntsman, Total Recall, Bourne Legacy and Skyfall. We are currently completing work on Rush, Les Miserables, Captain Phillips and Man of Steel.

The project based nature of our business means that from time to time we need to grow and contract to reflect the needs of the films we are working on at any given time. Our policy has always been (and will continue to be) to hold onto people where possible. The decision to streamline our operation for the time being is a natural part of the cycle of our industry.
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Old 10 October 2012   #12
FXGuide says it's not as bad as it appears...

http://www.fxguide.com/quicktakes/t...e-dneg-layoffs/


"Double Negative has had a busy year delivering spectacular VFX (either as sole or main vendor) for some of the biggest films of the year including The Dark Knight Rises, Snow White and the Huntsman, Total Recall, Bourne Legacy and Skyfall. We are currently completing work on Rush, Les Miserables, Captain Phillips and Man of Steel.

The project based nature of our business means that from time to time we need to grow and contract to reflect the needs of the films we are working on at any given time. Our policy has always been (and will continue to be) to hold onto people where possible. The decision to streamline our operation for the time being is a natural part of the cycle of our industry."
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Old 10 October 2012   #13
EDIT: Japetus beat me to it!
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Old 10 October 2012   #14
It would be nice to know actual numbers..I mean everyone's used to project ebb and flow, it was the 200+ that sounded so horrific..well that and notifying people by email.

It would have looked better on their end if they said it was a percentage, or some round number..speculation is going to continue.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #15
Loads of us in London are out of work right now, it's the biggest dip I've seen in all the years I've been here. Things will pick up again, as they always do, but right now it's hard to compete against Vancouver and other places, so it's unfortunate but not surprising that a lot of us are currently sitting around twiddling our thumbs.

I'm using the time to do some photography and play loads of XBox, but I hope some new work hits town soon. I occasionally toy with the idea of changing my career but honestly, I love my job and don't want to do anything else. Time will tell, I guess.
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