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Life of Pi wins big at Oscars, bringing focus on plight of visual effects artists

Image from Life of Pi website

Life of Pi cleaned up with four Academy Awards today, but some who worked on the film are celebrating with mixed emotions. Rhythm and Hues, a Los Angeles-based company with a studio in Vancouver, filed for bankruptcy last week, creating widespread uncertainty around workers' future employment. Several hundred people to protest in Los Angeles to demand fairer treatment of artists working on blockbuster films. 

The company has undergone difficulties despite having worked on successful films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hunger Games.

Below, a screenshot of a graphic posted on the Piece of the Pi Facebook page.

Phillip Broste, lead compositor at Zoic Studios, wrote an open letter to Ang Lee (reposed on the VFX Soldier blog), arguing that people needed to pay attention to the dire working situation for many visual effcts artists without whom many films like Life of Pi would not be possible. 

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