In 2013 Rhythm & Hues won the Academy Award in Visual Effects for their amazing work on Life of Pi. It’s the story about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery, along with another survivor, a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Winning the Academy Award should’ve been a huge boost to their business but unfortunately, it came 11 days after declaring bankruptcy. It was a huge shock to the VFX community and at the same time, bought to light some of the unreasonable expectations that film studios have on studios like R&H.
Of the 50 highest grossing films of all time, 49 rely on visual effects or animated characters to tell the story.
Between 2003 and 2013 21 visual effects companies have closed or filed for bankruptcy. Life After Pi is a short documentary about what happened to Rhythm & Hues. The film explores the behind-the-scenes factors that led to their bankruptcy and how this is impacting the global VFX community, and the Film Industry as a whole.
Life After Pi is the first chapter of an upcoming feature-length documentary “Hollywood Ending,” that delves into the larger, complex challenges facing the US Film Industry and the many professionals working within it.
For more information on the film or to share your own story about how changes in the Film Industry have impacted your livelihood, head on over to their website, Hollywood Ending and don’t forget to check out Life After Pi, below.