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26 FEBRUARY 2014

Life After Pi: a plea to change practices deemed unsustainable in the VFX industry

"In February of 2013, John Hughes, founder of Rhythm & Hues Studios, regretfully announced that the company was going bankrupt. With no way to pay his hard working employees, and no other options, hundreds were laid off. Two weeks later, they won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for 'Life of Pi.'

These were tragic, ironic times, and as employees, we were compelled to document it. As the bankruptcy finalized and layoffs continued, we began filming–watching helplessly as one of the most prestigious VFX companies in the world crumbled. As we all asked how this could happen, many stood up in outrage, sounding the alarm that this incident was not an isolated event, but a reflection of greater problems.

The old model of the movie business is passing away, yet modern–day Hollywood grips it ever more tightly. VFX companies and artists are treated as mere cogs in the machine, with little regard to creating a sustainable, collaborative working relationship. This will lead not only to the demise of more VFX companies, but to increasing instability industry wide.

Rhythm & Hues reached new heights in visual effects mastery with its stunning work on 'Life of Pi,' yet they still fell into bankruptcy.

'Life After Pi' reveals the behind–the–scenes factors that led to this sad and unforgettable moment in the history of Hollywood."

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2013Academy Award • bankruptcy • behind-the-scenesdesign industrydesign professionalsHollywood • John Hughes • Life of Pi (2012) • masterymovie business • production model • redundancy • Rhythm and Hues Studios • sounding the alarm • sustainable practicesustainable production practicestransforming workplaces • unsustainable pattern of production • unsustainable practices • VFXVFX industriesvisual effectsvisual effects industryworking practices of designers

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Jonathan Hearn
03 DECEMBER 2013

Meetdraw: Dorset creative industries networking

"Meetdraw is a meeting of digital animals to talk about and share collective passions. For everyone, no matter what they do or what stage they are in their career. It's for us by us. At times aided by beer, we shall fuel creativity, ideas and inspiration in a relaxed informal and fun environment. ... We support the local (Dorset) creative economy and provide an independent, neutral and open platform for communication and development."

(Paul Seys, 7 December 2009)

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2009advertising agenciesadvertising agency • Andy Brown • Ann Talboys • beer • Bella Lewis-Smith • Bright Blue Day (agency) • Caroline Sharp • Chris Robinson • collective passions • Createful (agency) • creative communitycreative economy • creative hub • creative industriescreative industries practitionercreative network • Crowd (agency) • David Ford • design consultancydesign industry • digital animals • digital solutions • digital talent • Dorset • Folk (agency) • fuel creativity • getting connected • industry leading • informal events • integrated agency • Jamie Sergeant • local businesseslocal creative communitylocal creative producerslocal designers • Luke Bonner • Matt Desmier • Meetdraw • meeting • meetupnetworking eventnetworking eventsnetworks of social interactionopen event • Paul Seys • Poole • professional designersprofessional gathering • promoting digital talent • Rad Dougall • Salad Creative (agency) • Simon Melaniphy • StudioWorks (agency) • The Emerge Group • The Healthcounter (online pharmacy) • Thinking Juice (agency) • Toby James Pestridge • Tom Wittlin • UKup and comersweb and related creative industries • Wise Old Uncle (designer)

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Bu Dmd
29 JUNE 2013

PATHWAYS AND GATEWAYS: the structure and regulation of UK architectural education

"Architectural education has proved to be a valuable part of UK higher education in the last fifty years and it has developed a strong international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. The recent changes to higher education funding and the changing nature of professional practice have contributed to an evolving environment for UK architectural education where flexibility and innovation are increasingly important factors for continuing success. Revisions to the European Union requirements for architectural education are also contributing to this changing and uncertain environment. It has become clear to many of those most closely involved in UK architectural education that if the sector is to continue to develop and flourish some change in its regulatory framework is required in order that adequate responses can evolve and be encouraged.

The title of the report refers to the principal elements of the regulatory framework. The term 'pathway' is used to describe the route taken to registration and the term 'gateway' is used to describe thresholds through which candidates must pass in order to gain entry into the profession. This preliminary report seeks to summarise the context in which UK architectural education operates and to suggest proposals for reform which can hopefully gather support across the full spectrum of stakeholders. The intention of the Review Group is to publish a final report by October 2013."

(The UK Architectural Education Review Group, April 2013)

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2013architectural educationarchitectural pedagogyarchitectural practicearchitecture designarchitecture schools • career pathway • changing environmentchanging needschanging timescreative industriesdesign careerdesign industrydesign professionalsEuropean Unionflexibility and innovationhigher education • higher education funding • international reputation • professionprofessional certificationprofessional practiceprofessionalisationregulatory frameworkreport • SCHOSA • Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture • teaching and researchtuition feesUK • UK Architectural Education Review Group • uncertain environment • vertical discourses

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Simon Perkins
23 JUNE 2013

The backstory for the D&AD awards showcase

"1962. A group of designers and art directors come together to celebrate creative communication and raise standards within their industry.

Amongst the group are David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Alan Fletcher (yes, it was that cool). They call themselves British Design & Art Direction and the following year they organise their first Awards event. And they are picky. From 2500 entries they select just 16 pieces of work to receive the soon to be coveted Yellow Pencil.

2011 and British Design & Art Direction has grown mightily, but slimmed down its name. Now D&AD, its members represent the creative, design and advertising communities, not just in Britain, but worldwide."

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Simon Perkins
07 FEBRUARY 2013

How will the future objects and methods of graphic design and the industries it serves be reconfigured?

Thursday 07 and Friday 08 March 2013, Open, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4SF

"A two day symposium organised by Norwich University of the Arts that will explore the relationship between print and digital, and the coexistence of media in a wider sense; how they combine, and how they provide unique opportunities.

As the design industry embraces dramatic changes in technology, the Cowbird Symposium will look at graphic design as an output, a practice and a profession, exploring the relationships between print and screen–based communication. Guest speakers, all leading thinkers and practitioners themselves, will be invited to comment on the future of the distributed text–the book, magazine, newspaper and poster, as well as the challenge and opportunity afforded by new technologies, tablets, e–readers, smart phones, augmented reality, social media, digital displays, and new practices, crowdsourcing, coding, data sharing, and social reading."

(Norwich University of the Arts)

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2013augmented realitybook formcoding • coexistence of media • Cowbird Symposium • crowdsourcingdata sharingdesign for printdesign industrydigital displaysdiscourse and practice • distributed text • e-readergraphic designgraphic design discoursegraphic design practice • graphic design profession • magazine form • new practicesnew technologiesnewspaper • Norwich University of the Arts • objects and methods • poster designprint and digital • screen-based communication • smart phonesocial mediasocial readingsymposiumtabletstechnological changethe future of digital content • the future of graphic design • the future of the bookUK

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Simon Perkins
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