want to read something scary? Sith Lord CEO plots to make students pay to work on movies.
VFX Soldier posted about this yesterday, and I’m gonna point you guys to it(here’s the link). It’s making people angry, and we’re going to talk some more about it after you’ve read the piece.
I will break it down for you lazy readers though. Digital Domain(Florida) CEO John Textor presented a business model to a group of investors that basically breaks down as this: Set up a government funded VFX school offering Masters and Bachelors programs, students pay tuition, get the students to work on your film, unpaid, while they’re paying tuition. Investors responded positively, with one website actually recommending it as a stock to watch. Video was actually found of Textor pitching. Here’s the awfullest/bestest quote: 30% of the workforce at our digital studio down in Florida, is not only going to be free, with student labor, its going to be labor that’s actually paying us for the privilege of working on our films.
Students paying for the “privilege” of working.
Digest that for a bit. We’ll talk more later.