The following is an email sent to Dave Rand.
Dave Rand receives letters as a result of his using his real name in association with Meteor Studios and other issues that affect VFX artists. He hopes to dispel fear of speaking out for a good cause especially after witnessing first-hand the potential to abuse VFX artists due to a lack of solidarity and leverage.
I'm up in Vancouver. I don't know if you've heard the situation up here. The big companies are almost all here now (not necessarily a bad choice, because it is beautiful). It's getting more dire every week. They are not only for the incentives. But also for super cheap labour.. They are taking advantage of every loophole in the BC labour laws. A few very good friends at Sony have been forced to sign their amended/updated contracts (5 times in the past year). MPC is doing the same thing. (their lawyers must share info).. so all of us are being stripped of any rights, benefits, OT, security. We can all be fired/laid off with no notice, no reason.
We now have to arrange and pay for our own visas. We are all classified as IT/Support, instead of film/VFX/artists now. So we are losing any hope of security or benefits. The ratio of artists is about 30 senior/intermediates, 70 juniors.. Whom we have been asked to train.. In turn, asking them to train the employees in their daughter companies in Mumbai, our jobs. My salary has been reduced to the same as when I started 15 years ago. It's kind of scary.
They are going to destroy our industry for all of us in Canada, US, and Europe. Sony is trying to force all the artists to move from LA to Vancouver. My friends are now renting out their homes in LA, and renting in smaller (more expensive) apartments here, with their families.. It's really not cool.