Open Letter To James Cameron: Fairness For VFX Artists02.17.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: A. Salem Jones
Tags: Business, Unions
In a recent open letter, Lee Stranahan pressed the issue of fair treatment and working conditions for visual effects artists. James Cameron, director of the effects heavy film Avatar, was called upon to address the perceived problem.
The writers, composers and actors all will receive well-deserved residual payments for decades to come. But the visual effects artists don’t receive royalties and residuals. And as one visual effects artist told me, “even in the credits, we’re listed after craft services.”
The cites the lack of unionization and ease of off-shoring labor as problems facing the artist. This has sparked further conversations about labor organization in the creative community at large.