Wet Monkeys – The way we do things around here

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.



About vfxinsider

This is a group blog of vfx artists working in Vancouver. Inspired by vfxsoldier we decided to take a stand and speak out about the great imbalance of power that exists between the employer studios and individual vfx artists. We are tired of keeping quiet while the vfx studios come up with ever more creative payment schemes to reduce their production costs at our expense while openly violating BC labor laws.
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One Response to Wet Monkeys – The way we do things around here

  1. Vfxartist says:

    This is a great podcast with FXguide.com’s Jeff Heusser interviewing Steven Poster, National President of the International Cinematographers Guild, discussing vfx and cinematography and workflows. However the real gem is at then end. Hear it from a guy who has had 40 years with IATSE. It starts in the last ten minutes of the podcast. Required listening for all vfx artist.

    [audio src="http://media.fxguide.com/fxpodcast/fxg-101229-StevenPoster.mp3" /]

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