Asked about the e-mail during his January 2013 deposition, Catmull said he saw it as his duty to insulate Northern California film companies from salary bidding wars that drive costs up, move the animation jobs overseas, and destroy the U.S. industry.
“Like somehow we’re hurting some employees? We’re not,” Catmull said. “While I have responsibility for the payroll, I have responsibility for the long term also,” Catmull said. “I don’t apologize for this. This was bad stuff.”
He may not apologize, but conspiring to keep worker’s wages artificially low is against the law. The Animation Guild has an article on their opinion. There were some great reactions online:
@VFXSoldier I think I missed the part where Ed reduced his bonus and salary to help save the industry as well.— Michael Levine (@MichaelLevine3D) November 19, 2014
Remember guys, only by having a large corporation do you get to decide what is best for people. I think Ed Catmull would agree.— Justin Younger (@JustinYounger) November 19, 2014
There's quite a big difference between workers collectively deciding and negotiating what wages & benefits they'll trade their labor for— Bran (@bran_dj) November 19, 2014
... and executives at companies coming together in secret and deciding it for them based on what they think those workers deserve.— Bran (@bran_dj) November 19, 2014
If you’re not familiar with this, check out Pando’s reporting on it, they were the ones who originally broke the story.
Alex Hope (one of the founders of Double Negative) says: “Tax breaks are great, but talent is key for VFX”. Yes, talent is important, but there’s a reason why DNeg is expanding in Vancouver instead of London.
Your editor's note about element integration on a single frame flash frame is the very definition of frame fucking. Watch it at 24fps, FFS.— Mystery VFX Super (@MysteryVFXSuper) November 19, 2014
Sony’s been knocking it out of the park with their new cameras lately. Sony’s A7 II mirrorless camera adds faster autofocus and better image stabilization
Photo Credit: PIXAR President Ed Catmull speaking on creativity and Jobs today by Steve Jurvetson on Flickr