“For nearly half a century, workers in the visual effects industry have been denied the same protections and benefits as their colleagues…”
The strike of writers (WGA) and actors (SAG-AFTRA) that is unsettling Hollywood at the moment could extend to visual effects professionals and more specifically, to VFX artists working for marvel studios. Vulture reports that they have just voted in favor of the formation of a union for their sector, in order to better defend the rights of a category of workers essential to the cinema today, but often overwhelmed by the growing demands of studios.
The announcement comes after a group of more than 50 employees came together to file a petition for an election. They want to be represented by the International Alliance of Theater Employees (IATSE) – an entity that represents and protects workers in sectors such as artisans, technicians and artisans in general in film, television and theatre. This is the first time visual effects professionals have come together to demand wage protections, equal rights and the overall fair treatment enjoyed by other industries.
In an official statement, Mark Patch, who initiated this VFX section for IATSE, made it clear that VFX professionals VFX have tolerated precarious working conditions for far too long, and it is high time they stood up:
“For nearly half a century, workers in the visual effects industry have been denied the same protections and benefits that their colleagues and fellow workers have relied on since the Hollywood film industry began. a historic first step for workers VFX who come together with a collective voice demanding respect for what we do.”