California Visual Effects Houses Fight to Survive
Can the visual effects industry survive in California?
In Singapore, ILM and Lucasfilm — with its Jedi Master Training Program begun in 2008 — have developed talent of their own.
“Now Lucasfilm Singapore is in a place where we can take on significant portions of work and significant complexity,” Brennan said. By the end of 2010, an estimated 50% of talent at the base was Singaporean.
“The incentives being offered (outside of California) are very compelling, and our clients expect us to be able to offer prices that reflect these incentives, for better or worse,” said Randy Lake, executive vp and GM at Sony Pictures Imageworks.