Performance Technology Supervisor
Join Date: Jul 2002
No, Pinewood still lives because of its unicity, but other stages don't exist anymore.
While Pinewood still exists because you can't find a water capable gigantic silent stage anywhere else, so you are forced by a unique offer, the smaller stages and a lot of commercials and other smaller jobs, and actually even a lot of film work, has gone elsewhere because it was just unsustainable to do it there, and international crews (all used to a very high standard of living, you're not talking people who just jumped off a boat coming from North Korea finally free of oppression) were more than once driven absolutely batshit insane.
By my description, in VFX in the States, that'd leave you with ILM because it's big, unique in services, and owned by Disney, but you could expect every single one of the sub500 people shops to become unsustainably expensive and see its load moved elsewhere.
With so many people in this thread putting their faith in the mid to small studios (despite the fact historically they are some of the thoughest to keep alive), it's worth pointing out that unionizing a craft has seldom, if ever, played in favour of the small boutique in the international panorama, it usually wiped them off.
You should also keep in mind that while lighting and rigging are unionized, and therefore people often point the finger at those as valid film related examples, they are actually far removed from CGI, which doesn't have a lot in common with it.
Other, actually more similar, disciplines like writers, directors, colourists etc, closer to us in their providing content and intellectual work with little hard-hat safety needs and manual labour are historically better served by guilds and trade associations, that has benefitted players on many different scales.
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