February 28, 2013
Rhythm & Hues Studios, which served as the lead visual effects producer on the dazzling “Life of Pi” film, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on February 13 — just days after the film won four prizes at the annual Visual Effects Society Awards and just weeks before it would win the Academy Award for best visual effects. Additionally, the 26-year-old company has laid off 254 of its 718 employees in the LA area. Continue reading Another Visual Effects Company Bankrupt: Time for Change?
February 25, 2013
Disney’s short film “Paperman” was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Animated Short) last month and was soon after posted on YouTube — an effort to garner attention for the film. The other nominees followed suit, but have since been yanked from the Web because of a letter sent to each of them from the chief executive of Shorts International, who complained that the streaming would cause damage to theatrical releases. Continue reading Oscar-Nominated Short Films Appeared Online, Then Pulled