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  04 April 2013
ILM layoffs

it seems after LucasArts ILM is getting "the work" from Disney as well

Its impossible for ILM to absorb all of those resources, said a Lucasfilm spokesperson, so with this change came the necessity for ILM to align itself and take responsibility for its own resources. The company would not disclose the number of staffers who are being let go, but the group includes IT staffers and support staff.
  04 April 2013
There's a light at the end of the tunnel...

"The move comes as Lucasfilm prepares for its next era, as it ramps up for what will be the busiest era of film and television production in its history. There will be at least one Star Wars movie a year and a new animated TV series is in the works. But that ramp-up wont arrive in time to save those jobs."

It's a train coming but it's still a light.
  04 April 2013
I'm expecting to hear next is that all of ILM will be moving to its Singapore location.
  04 April 2013
i remember the first star wars game i played by LucasArts which was a lot of fun. Pretty sad to see this happen which i guess ties into the layoffs at ilm.
Heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept were toiling upwards in the night.
  04 April 2013
If anyone remembers maniac mansion, zac mcKraken or monkey island...then that's how sad this is. Granted they stopped doing adventures long ago, but still, they had just released the updated versions for Monkey Island 1 and 2 and given the numbers in sales, they were actually considering revisiting the genre.
  04 April 2013

This Industry is Declining on fast mode. Future looks Bleak.
  04 April 2013
Originally Posted by Dirtvic: This Industry is Declining on fast mode. Future looks Bleak.

Actually it's not. It's shifting bases but the demand isn't collapsing.

I have a minor in Aerospace and a pilots licence.
In the mid 90's there was a slump in the airlines industry. A lot of pilots were getting laid off.
Because of this a lot of people decided they didn't want to go through Commercial pilot training. Which is a lot of money and a few thousand hours of flying before you even get hired on one of the regional airlines. Then 9/11 happened and things just got worse for a while.

Then a lot of pilots started retiring. Demand picked back up and now there is a shortage of pilots, and they don't grow over night.

If you keep studying, working on your own skills and improving yourself when a chance opens itself up you'll be ready. But if you quit that chance will go to someone else that is ready. Most successful people got there because they simply didn't quit.

(Note this isn't is aimed towards anyone in particular)
  04 April 2013
Looks like ILM Singapore and LAS will continue to operate in their new Sandcrawler building as planned starting next year...for now, anyway.
  04 April 2013
/agree w Michael32766

Sometimes, when in the midst of madness, it's hard to have a view of the 'big picture'. Our industry is still 'young', and it won't grow in a straight line, or decline the same way. It's a series of ups and downs, and if it looks like it's in a downward trend right now, wait six months and it'll likely be headed the other way again. There was a boom back in the early-to-mid 2000's, then a slight decline in 2010. One could say it has to do with the economy, and the value of 'expendable' wealth, which is somewhat short supply these days - at least in the U.S.

But most of us have seen that silly cat-in-a-tree poster, "Hang in There!" So hang up the doomsday sign, give it time, the industry will turn around again. Then, in 'x' years, we can all gripe that it's in (yet another) downward trend.

- My 2 cents

Last edited by Ice-King : 04 April 2013 at 05:17 PM.
  04 April 2013
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