Mar 5, 2014

Life After Pi

Life After Pi is an excellent and really sad documentary about the bankruptcy of Rhythm & Hues studios a few years ago. It was one of the (if not the) best VFX houses in the world, having created the tiger, Richard Parker, for the film Life of Pi. The VFX industry (particularly in California) is in a horrible state, due to multiple factors, including foreign subsidies, studios changing films without paying more money for the costs of the changes, and higher-costing expectations from audiences. Just to add insult to injury, check out the way the VFX people were treated at the Oscars by both the get-off-the-stage music and by director Ang Lee, who managed to thank his lawyer and the crew at the filming soundstage, but not the hundreds of artists that created over half of his film (including Richard Parker, one of the main characters, the ocean, the sky, and all the other animals that are seen in the film).

The film is certainly worth the thirty minutes of your time to watch.

And here's a little bit on the making of the tiger.

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