Originally Posted by RockinAkin
But the prestige and credit does (and did) help these students get jobs that DO pay the bills now.
Possibly, but no more than a good student reel would have.
This is still exploitation. Whether the students agree or not is a moot point, because they likely don't know better.
Back home in India, I'd see people work their buts of for no money because of the prestige. It gets them nowhere but further down a tunnel of debt.
Their own sense of value gets so distorted that they'll never work their way up even if they have the chance.
Yes, they can say they worked on an Oscar film, but they're still not production ready, they will work for a far cheaper rate than they would have otherwise, and they'll continue to do work for cheaper and cheaper than they would have.
The school wins: It gets money from the students for sure, who know what their commision deal is with the studios. Has anyone clarified that?
The studio wins: They get a ridiculously cheap movie with quality 'magically' outside its budget
The film maker wins: He gets a boatload of money, he gets the fame etc.
The students get what? A couple shots on a film that doesn't have any "blow your mind" vfx scenes, they now have their loan debts, they've also lost out on the theoretical money they would have made over those months. They now have a much lower self-value.
Not to mention the legality of the educational licenses which is a big point.
Then there's the repurcussions to people not even involved. Let's say a roto artist is working for a little above minimum wage, doing his work in regular hours and doing a good job. Along comes one of these students, who will work for cheaper and will work crazy hours but only does 50% as good work.
To the people running financials, their sense of what quality work is doesn't exist at the same level. But all they see is "cheaper, more flexible" and hire the lower quality worker.
Boom, you have a good artist out of a job who now has to find a job. Except, hey, all these students have displaced those artists. All the average wages have gone down.
The fact is, this mentality of students having different rights is bull. They're people learning the ways and trust their teachers , but their teachers are leading them astray.