Skip to comments.The “Paying To Work For Free” VFX Business Model (Gov funded college degrees for this)
Posted on 06/13/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT by ransomnote
New horizontal expansion includes government-funded Bachelors and Masters programs wherein students pay Digital Domain to work for Digital Domain
Soon after my tweet I get an email from a new VFX blogger called OccupyVFX who was able to find audio of the presentation given by Digital Domains CEO John Textor. The whole 22 minute presentation is posted above but the surprising part starts around 15:40 when Mr. Textor talks about their new VFX school in Florida called Digital Domain Institute:
Classes starting in the education space, whats interesting is the relationship between the digital studio and the college. Not only is this a first in a number of ways that weve talked about, but 30% of the workforce at our digital studio down in Florida, is not only going to be free, with student labor, its going to be labor thats actually paying us for the priviledge of working on our films.
Now this was the controversial element of this and the first discussions with the Department of Education, cuz it sounds like youre taking advantage of the students. But we were able to persuade even the academic community, if we dont do something to dramatically reduce costs in our industry, not only ours but many other industries in this country, then were going to lose these industries .. were going to lose these jobs. And our industry was going very quickly to India and China.
So, if 30% of our labor can be free, actually paying tuition, but by your Junior and Senior year... SNIP
Its one thing to work for low pay, its another thing to work for free, but its unfathomable to be expected to pay to work for free.
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"New horizontal expansion includes government-funded Bachelors and Masters programs wherein students pay Digital Domain to work for Digital Domain."