Originally Posted by DimeS
Please tell me that the students working on these commercial projects are getting paid or are at least getting a rebate on some of their massive tuition. Otherwise Gnomon has just about the best racket around, employees that pay to do work. I'm sure Gnomon didn't do Green Lantern and Fringe pro-bono.
Initially my response was the same as this but I think it all depends how it's handled. After all, doing production work is the best experience money can buy, it usually cannot
At the end of the day if the Students are supervised through their role entirely by professional staff (as one would expect is the case here) then Gnomon is absorbing all the risk and cost associated with having students do the work.
I teach students at a tertiary and they aren't reliable and need to be helped through. During holidays when making shorts or if we need extra hands for funded productions I offer some of them work. I usually try to get the production to buy them lunch or something but basically it's a case of Work for Training. And to be honest, I feel they get the better deal most of the time. It takes most of them (comparatively) so long to get through the work and if you give them the utterly boring stuff most of them don't do it, instead going back to self-taught principles which are so pervasive in the industry. If it was up to me I'd pay them something more for their time ... although then I'd take less of them and demand more.
But I understand the sentiment.
Sometimes I wonder at the state of modern training. I guess I feel like VFX/CG is better suited to a classic apprenticeship model. Although the 'Atelier' model is also fitting ... which is what this is I guess?