A year ago yesterday, an estimated 400-plus supporters of the visual effects industry gathered at Hollywood and Vine as the glitterati walked the Oscar red carpet just blocks away. Get ready for Round 2. The Association of Digital Arts and Technicians has announced a VFX rally for the same corner from 1-3 PM Sunday as the Academy Awards crowd closes in on the Dolby Theatre. ADAPT says the event “supports legal action to help end the current subsidy race that is damaging the visual effects and film industries.” The group is urging protesters to wear green in support of the cause. Last year’s rally came in the wake of VFX house Rhythm & Hues filing for bankruptcy protection, two weeks before Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi — for which R&H did the effects work — picked up the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Since then, ADAPT has continued to battle for Hollywood’s VFX industry as many of its jobs head to other countries that subsidize the work. A town hall meeting in June focused on the industry’s efforts to unionize, and VFX pros picketed in November near the DreamWorks Animation campus while President Obama was visiting there.
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