The Animation Guild

The creative labor in the digital age was deeply affected in the Writers Guild of America strike, which began November 2007 and lasted until February 2008. The strike sought better funding for labor unions and job security in comparison with big-named film and TV studios. Traditionally, workers in these labor unions, such as screenwriters, aren’t […]

IATSE: Doing Good in Local Communities

As a film and media major, I have enjoyed working on the production process of various short films throughout my time as a college student. That is not to say it is not time consuming and often stress inducing when things don’t go as planned. Over time, I have gotten to understand this process and what those […]

VFX Rockstars

Pretty much all hit movies and TV shows these days contain some sort of VFX or CGI elements which contributed to making that project a success. Star Wars, Jurassic World, Harry Potter, Arrow, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones are all hit movies and TV shows that wouldn’t be nearly as successful had it not been […]

“Guilding” Our Way to Success

To be completely honest, I didn’t know what a guild was until about a week ago. I’ve heard of “Actors Guild” and “Writers Guild” but I never understood the term. To completely understand the importance of Guild’s I’ll define it for you. Guild (noun): an organization of peoples with related interests, goals, etc., especially one formed […]

From the Famous to the Unknown

Growing up I can remember the day my mom’s best friend Shannon was accepted to be a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild. We were all almost as excited as the time she got the part as an extra in 27 Dresses, the scene she’s in shown below. But even though she is part of […]

ASCAP, Music, and Fair Use in New Media

We have come a long way since the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was founded in 1914. Music industries have blown up so much in the last 2 decades alone; we have gone through phases of new genres, ridden waves of new electronic instrumentation, and been introduced to a plethora of music […]

Why VFX Companies Are Going Broke

For the past decade, the box office has been dominated by Sci-fi / Dystopian/ Super hero films. All of these films rely heavily on special effects and CGI. Even popular television shoes like Stranger Things, Supernatural and Flash use CGI in varying degrees. Many famous and well regarded award shows have categories for CGI and […]