An Uninterrupted Statement from “Life of Pi” VFX Winner:
Last night during the Oscars, the Academy organizers interrupted Life of Pi winner Bill Westenhofer’s speech just as he was about to address the crisis in the visusal effects community. The timing may not have been coincidental, as Variety’s David Cohen pointed out on Twitter:
Hollywood’s desire to silence the animation/vfx community is made more poignant by the VFX industry demonstrations that happened earlier on Sunday in Hollywood. Westenhofer supervised the visual effects of Life of Pi at the studio hit hardest by the most recent turmoil, Rhythm & Hues, which as readers of this site know, has already declared bankruptcy.
Westenhofer spoke backstage with animation journalist Bill Desowitz, where he explained to him what he wanted to say:
“At a time when visual effects movies are dominating the box office, [the] visual effects companies are struggling. And I wanted to point out that we aren’t technicians. Visual effects is not just a commodity that’s being done by people pushing buttons. We’re artists, and if we don’t find a way to fix the business model, we start to loses the artistry. If anything, Life of Pi shows that we’re artists and not just technicians.”