WATCH: Rhythm & Hues – Life AFTER Pi – Documentary & Behind the Scenes

A short documentary about Rhythm & Hues Studios, the Visual Effects company that in 2013 won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on Life of Pi– just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy and laying off employees…

How could one of the most prestigious VFX companies in the world not be making any money? …

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.

  Check it out!

This is only the first chapter of an upcoming feature-length documentary called “Hollywood Ending,” that delves into the larger, complex challenges facing the Film Industry and the many professionals working within it, whose fates and livelihood are intertwined.

You can learn more at hollywoodendingmovie.com.

Extra!
Here is a further look at – the making of the film Life of Pi

DOCUMENTARY: THE SWEATBOX – A Rare Look at a Troubled Animation Production

For the first time in their history Disney allowed an outside film crew into their world to chronicle the nuts and bolts, blood, sweat and tears of their animation process – and at times they wished they hadn’t. This was the bumpiest ride anyone within the studio could remember – not what you would imagine in the cozy world of Mickey Mouse. And for Sting it was a lesson in collaboration that he often wished he hadn’t embarked on.

The documentary The Sweatbox was filmed by Sting‘s wife Trudie Styler and never got an official release on a DVD extra.  Still this fascinating documentary is well worth watching, and has rarely been seen beyond the film festival circuit. 

Winner! for…
Best Documentary 2003 – 2003 IFCT

via Cartoon Brew:
  “The Sweatbox is at turns infuriating, hilarious and enlightening. You’ll cringe in sympathy with the Disney artists as you see the gross bureaucratic incompetence they had to endure while working at the studio in the 1990s. The film not only captures the tortured morphing of the Kingdom of the Sun into The Emperor’s New Groove, it also serves as an invaluable historical document about Disney’s animation operations in the late-1990s. If any questions remain about why Disney fizzled out creatively and surrendered its feature animation crown to Pixar and DreamWorks, this film will answer them.”

(Suggest you watch ASAP before it’s thrown back into the Disney vault)

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James Cameron: Deep-Sea… And Aliens Of The Deep

On top of my interest and involvement in the entertainment industry,… I am a certified SCUBA Diver and I’ve always been interested in marine biology and the mysteries of the deep-sea.  — So I was pretty jazzed to hear that last week, on March 26, 2012, fellow Canadian and film maker James Cameron made news by piloting a one-man submersible to the DEEPEST POINT ON EARTH!

That’s right,… not only has James Cameron helped create some of the most successful films in history, films such as The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, and including the TWO highest-grossing films of all timeTitanic and Avatar, but… in-between films… he has also done a fair amount of deep-sea exploration, creating a number of documentaries, and contributing to the advancement of technologies for underwater filming and submersible vehicles. In fact I seem to recall hearing something about James Cameron initially only agreeing to do the movie Titanic if the production companies would fund some of his ocean expeditions.

His films are responsible for some of the biggest technological advances in film history — think the living water tentacle in The Abyss, the liquid-metal/morphing Terminator in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and the ground breaking CG work in the film Avatar.  — Now to help celebrate his success in the real-world here are some fun and interesting videos on James Cameron’s deep-sea exploration.

Click the player, and enjoy the videos:




Bonus!
Aliens of the Deep (full)
Disney‘s 2005 documentary in which
James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet’s most unique life forms.


  Click the player, and enjoy the video:

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