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Old 06-18-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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SD: ILM’s Hal Hickel sees tough times ahead for VFX sector

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Industrial Light & Magic animation director Hal Hickel has said the San Francisco-based VFX powerhouse faces interesting but tough times ahead.




Hickel, whose credits include Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean and most recently Pacific Rim, was speaking at a presentation of the company at the Annecy International Film Festival"

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Old 06-18-2013, 10:18 PM   #2
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It's quite sad to see such uncertainty from a pioneering industry stalwart like ILM.
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It is sad to see a consistent powerhouse in our industry like ILM struggling. It makes me wonder how certain of a job you will ever be in this industry. But maybe thats just the nervous 'just graduated student' inside of me.

I do wonder how the relationship between Disney and ILM will pan out. To me it would seem logical that Disney would prefer VFX work to be done at a place they own. Keeping their money within the family. In that case ILM's future workload would be pretty secure.
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....To me it would seem logical that Disney would prefer VFX work to be done at a place they own. Keeping their money within the family....


I would think that depends on who runs Disney. If it is run by bean counters, they might see outsourcing as the cheaper option.
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I would think that depends on who runs Disney. If it is run by bean counters, they might see outsourcing as the cheaper option.


You can bet your bottom dollar thats what will happen. Why on earth would you keep a facility when you can have vendors falling over themselves begging for work and offering the best rates they can.

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You can bet your bottom dollar thats what will happen. Why on earth would you keep a facility when you can have vendors falling over themselves begging for work and offering the best rates they can.

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And its not unprecedented. Disney had its own inhouse vfx department which they closed when they purchased DreamQuest Images. Then they eventually closed that down too.
 
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