People used to think that computer graphics and visual effects work was secure. Pricy film and art school degrees were undertaken with the good cheer that accompanies the certainty of future and good employment. Sort of what teaching used to be before national lay offs. And engineering still is, even if your degree only remains relevant for a relatively short period of time. Hello, up or out.
My how things have changed.
Pixomondo has closed its Shanghai office. Disney is laying off. Rhythm & Hues and Digital Domain are bankrupt. Console games are being displaced by online games.
Proving once again that:
- constant change is the new status quo, and
- the race to the bottom is still on. Where are all those great CGI gigs going? To places with lower labor costs. I hope those folks don’t get too comfortable. There’s always going to be a new kid on the block willing to do it for cheaper.