Once upon a time, 30 years ago, VFX artists were unionized.
If they still were, perhaps the conversation would have been different. But many VFX artists today don’t even know that history, and in their anguished discussions today — such as the recent VFX Town Hall — the focus is on reinventing the past, with unionization, as well as creating a trade association to sit down with the studios to hammer out a new way to do business. Can anything be done to change this picture? Is it all too little too late?