According to www.deadline.com, R&H employees were told on Sunday night of the upcoming Chapter 11 filing. Many Rhythm & Hues employees were also told not to show up to work on Monday. Worst of all for the employees, paychecks will be delayed indefinitely.
|Aslan - ground-breaking VFX|
The studio had a wonderful atmosphere, flowing no doubt from the generous fingertips of its artistically-driven founder, John Hues, who chatted amiably to me in the lunch queue. Everyone at the studio seemed to appreciate Hues' single-minded determination to do the very best visual effects work possible - often regardless of the cost. Hues ran a large studio but he drove a Honda Civic - clearly a man whose passion was to do great work, not to buy himself expensive toys.
And what was the secret of the Aslan muscle system? I asked Richie, hoping for a magic bullet to solve all our vfx problems. That, he explained, was not so simple. It took a 3-year investment to build the Aslan rig. So the answer was time, patience, money and talent. Something that is very hard to replicate overnight.
(Editor's Note: You can see FLIP's review of Life of Pi here, and read more about the campaign to show solidarity with ex-R&H employees here. And, don't miss our September 2012 piece on the sad end of Digital Domain... )