I’ve heard artists and managers discuss gleefully the sacking of someone that wouldn’t work for free. A few years ago I worked at a studio that fired a female compositer that was burned out. “She’s not one of us!” or “ If you can’t stand the heat….” or “ You got to be able to work in trenches and do the 70 hour weeks……..” said the artists. It’s unfortunate that we could be perpetuating these attitudes ourselves. In George Orwell’s “1984” he identifies this awful culling of dissidence as “Groupthink.” People needn’t always be driven to obey and submit their will via a top down structure. Given sufficient motivation the group will extend that punishment itself to preserve order.
If you feel a bit uneasy about laughing at the girl that was fired because she burned out on the 70 hour week, but still “go along to get along,” that could be a symptom of Groupthink — that we are in a group that tolerates no objections or challenges.
– Have you ever noticed silence is taken to mean agreement.
– labelling those who are opposed to the group as weak, or stupid.
– Self censorship of contrary ideas not held by the group.
– Belief in the “rightness” of the group.
Stand and do what’s right. Help change the VFX industry into a career that you can live a life and have a family.