Hot Trailer: Rhythm & Hues Docu ‘Life After Pi’

LA-based VFX house Rhythm & Hues Studios filed for bankruptcy last year and laid off hundreds just before the film it was most associated with, Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi, won four Oscars — including for Visual Effects. Employee lawsuits and a bankruptcy auction ensued. The VFX community, meanwhile, rallied to the cause, holding demonstrations (including at the 2013 Academy Awards) and town halls to figure out how their artists can be more protected — in other words, says former R&H CG Supervisor Walt Jones in the trailer, “It jelled the entire VFX community — into being horrifically pissed off at how they were being treated.” Save for an organized protest outside DreamWorks Animation during a November visit by President Obama, there hasn’t been much movement on the organizing front of late, but maybe this trailer that just dropped will get the ball rolling again. Life After Pi was made by R&H employees who picked up cameras as the meltdown ensued and is part of a larger documentary film Hollywood Ending that’s pending, according to the film’s website. The R&H doc is being released online February 25.

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