Originally Posted by mustique
The way vfx studio staff operates isn't important.
Because the same circumstances that made award-winning film vfx houses go bankrupt, will bring any other business/operation model go bankrupt too, as long as there's something like a greedy Hollywood mentality.
Hollywood is a distribution powerhouse for films. That's all it really is nowadays. Once the internet tottaly takes over film distribution (and it will) Hollywood will become obsolete.
At that point, vfx studios will partner with directors/writers, and they will launch their own IP.
There's probably no way around that if vfx people want to get the stakes they deserve.
Netflix is a sign of things to come. So is YouTube and Vimeo. Vimeo for example already set up a way you can sell your film online.
While vfx house afraid of studio, and studio afraid of hollywood, hollywood itself afraid of cinema chain. there are issues even with the recent iron man 3.a lot of ideas that hollywood plan to do (cinema and home view on the same day for example) were shot down by cinema chain - where most of where hollywood makes their money.
So I think its up for us indies to start a revolution in this regard. KickStarter and IndieGogo have become of crucial that even Lord British uses it to sell/kickstart his game, even though with his fame, cash, and team experience, they could do it on their main game page and saves the KickStarter charge (which is quite a lot when you go into millions).
So when enough people are using vimeo to a point it can be a go to for new movies, and easier (no parking hassle, cheap food) compared to going to cinema, it can be very useful when it reached critical mass.
If there is something that is stopping this, it would be pricing. Unlike computer game where if it 9.99 in the US it would be multiplied here by currency exchange, cinema ticket are not so. They based on the country economic reality.
Internet says that in the US movie ticket is around USD 8, here in Malaysia its around USD 3 to USD 5. So this kind of system maybe Vimeo need to provide to help. Maybe vimeo (with help of google or imdb or something) aggregate every month start the pricing of each country, convert it into USD, and do the percent compared to 100% of US pricing. Then allow film maker if they want to use this capabilities. In this case if the fimmaker want to charge USD 10 in the US, users in Malaysia will get to watch it for half the price. Country with better income than Malaysia maybe will watch it at 0.75 the price. Country with equal ticket price compared to the US will have the same pricing.
There are a lot of ideas floating around by many people, but they all need to achieve the critical mass.
Remember, the earliest (and yet largest) SERIOUS* mp3 seller is Apple, and not any of the music company (which told Apple it can't be done).
*Startups don't count since it doesn't have popular play list that people wanted in order to achieve the critical mass, heh.