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VISUAL EFFECTS ARTISTS CHASTISE ANG LEE FOR SNUB

February 27, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Ang Lee is being sharply criticized by members of the visual effects industry for not mentioning those who contributed to the production of Life of Pi when he accepted the Oscar for best director Sunday night. Bruce Branit, whose credits include Star Trek: Voyager and Lost, posted this comment on his Facebook page: “Neither Ang nor his winning cinematographer, Claudio Miranda felt they needed to thank or even mention the VFX artists who made the sky, the ocean, the ship, the island, the meerkats and oh yeah … the tiger. Ang thanked the crew, the actors, his agent, his lawyer and the entire country of Taiwan right down to the team that built the wave-pool on the soundstage where Pi was shot. But failed to mention 100s of artists who made not only the main character of the tiger, but replaced that pool, making it look like a real ocean for 80% of his movie.” Branit’s Facebook post comes just one day after the special effects house Rhythm & Hues, which created the effects for Life of Pi, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Following the Oscar ceremony, Lee told reporters that he would like visual effects costs “to be cheaper. … The research and development is so expensive.” His comment brought this response from Phillip Broste of Zoic Studios: “While, yes R&D can be expensive and yes it takes a lot of technology and computing power to create films like yours, it is not computer chips and hard drives that are costing you so very much money. It is the artists that are helping you create your film. So when you say “I would like it to be cheaper,” as an artist I take that personally. It took hundreds of hours from skilled artists and hard-working coordinators and producers to craft the environments and performances in Life of Pi. … Your VFX are already cheaper than they should be. It is disheartening to see how blissfully unaware of this fact you truly are.”

  • Anonymous

    This is why the Oscar ceremony is so damn long. Everyone is terrified of not mentioning someone in their acceptance speech, so they end up going on and on. Steven Soderbergh had the right idea when he said during his speech he would thank everyone who worked on the film personally rather than mention everyone in the short time the Academy allows. Also, since Lee thanked the crew, how can anyone say he snubbed the F/X team? They are a part of the crew! This Bruce Branit sounds like a jerk.

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  • Anonymous

    Uh, go back and watch his acceptance speech. He thanked the “3,000 people worked on Life of Pi.” Technically, those 100 VFX people are included in that. Guess when Pi won for Visual Effects, everyone forgot those guys thanked their teams and crew for winning them their Oscar. He didn’t get the Oscar because Pi had the best VFX, he got the Oscar because he was the best overall film director, which means everything he did and was involved in on the film, including but certainly not limited to VFX. VFX aren’t everything; Avatar was proof of that.

  • Sean Carmody

    Actually, Avatar proved that VFX are everything when it came to that movie. Because the story was rather limited, and slightly offensive.

  • Elmo

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