to collude against collusion

Friends, colleagues, comrades! The Croner Survey has been called by some “the Holy Grail of US VFX wages.” It is considered to be the most accurate and comprehensive survey of wages in the VFX industry.

In an animation cooperative (the subject of this blog), finances would be transparent and wage scales would be agreed upon by the workers.

In the meantime however, it is my belief that having access to the same information studios have when they make us an offer should be a right afforded to every artist, not just a tool afforded to those who collude against us.

Someone,several people actually, were kind enough to share it with me, and now I pass this seed along to you. In the spirit of their benevolence: Make a copy, share it with your friends, spread it around and let it grow into a field of confident and empowered visual effects artist who are never again tossed about by the winds of negotiation. Let us crush the trophy in the race to the bottom, and let us ensure that no artist walks into negotiation unarmed with the same knowledge their employer has about wage standards across studios.

Okay, oration and grandeur out of the way, here’s the biz. ūüôā

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Google Spreadsheet:

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Formalities and Introductions…

This blog is dedicated to discussion about a potential future in which vfx/animation/film studios may arise that are cooperatively owned and operated entirely by the workers, where decisions about the direction of the company are made democratically, where leadership is elected, where every worker from a coordinator to the CEO has an equal vote, where finances and profits are transparent and available to all workers and where we the artists, creators, and innovators, could be the immediate beneficiaries of our own successes instead of boardroom of inaccessible executives
and a sea of anonymous shareholders.

Let’s get a few things out of the way right off the bat. I’ve had this discussion enough times to be familiar with the initial reactions you often get when you suggest wild, unheard of ideas like: “What if the artists collectively owned and democratically operated the studio.” Continue reading