Over at VFXSoldier, this article caused quite a ruckus online. His following this article kinda explains the situation quite clearly.
It is amusing but not in a positive manner to see it from this side of the world.
My realisation is that basically vfx industry is just like any other industry. In that if they can make it cheaper somewhere else, they will. That is just basic economics. And the bottom line. If the studios can find a way to make decent vfx from the sweat shops that made nike shoes. You can bet they will go for it.
Back in the 90s, the remake of the Lost in Space movie was supposed to be the showcase of British VFX wizardry of several different houses. They were relatively inexperienced compared to the big studios in America, but it was supposed to be a kickstart for the industry there. Some projects went after but it soon slowed to a crawl until the subsidies kicked in.
Simialr deal that happened to the Irish 2D animation industry in the 80. But the subsidy they didn't sustain and so ends the animation there.
Its similar scenarios that happened in Europe with Disney Europe and smaller 2D studios.
And you know what, nobody gave a fuck. Nobody here represents the consumer who buys. They don't care as long as there is vfx, who the heck cares where is it done.
That is the reality. That is why I find this whole kerfuffle of "Whoever is hungrier or blah blah" to be is irrelevantly sad. Expected but still sad. And a good example to never believe fully about stuff in articles. The writers all have an agenda to stir up some controversy so that more people will read their articles. And everyone got trolled. Cunts.
If you really want to make a difference, the consumers are the one YOU need to have on your side. To be sympathetic with for the guys in the industry. But again.... they don't care. Why should they? As long as people get their iphones, they don't care or know about about the plight of the thousand of Fox-Conn employees. Of what they have to do to get that iphone into their hands. The challenge then is to get\generate\create publicity and awareness?
And what artists all around the world need to realise is the ever changing landscape of the industry. TV, movies in the traditional sense are going the way of the dodo in the next 20-30 years. Once creators (i do not mean the studios) managed to find a way to monetize their creation.And with high speed internet with cinema projectors, the purpose for seeing ever more expansive movies in the cinema is going to be hard to justify. They should find ways and means to get there.
When everyone is jostling for a bite of a ever shrinking pie, its every man, woman, child for themselves....
And I have not even get to China.....
This is depressing... I need to go on facebook to numb my brain....
What I tell myself everyday.
To all the people watching, I can never ever thank you enough for the kindness to me, I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask is one thing, and this is.. I'm asking this particularily of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism - for the record it's my least favorite quality, it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. I'm telling you, amazing things will happen." - Conan 'O'Brien