After a turbulent few weeks in the visual effects world - which saw VFX protests at the Oscars, controversy over the Academy Awards ceremony and Rhythm & Hues' current Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection proceedings - several VFX Town Hall meetings have been mobilized to discuss the state of the industry.

UPDATED: Watch the live stream on YouTube now here.

The meetings are set for March 14th - or 3.14 - a day fittingly called 'Pi Day'. So far, they will take place in LA, the Bay Area, Vancouver and Austin (at SXSW), but they will be connected via Google Hangout and be broadcast live via YouTube.

The meetings will feature some VFX heavy-hitters, with a state of the industry run-down by visual effects supervisor Scott Squires, plus panelists including former ILM General Manager and DD CEO Scott Ross, the Animation Guild's Steve Kaplan and Fantasy II Film Effects owner Gene Warren, Jr.

Each meeting on the West Coast starts at 7pm PDT, with the live YouTube broadcast to commence at 8pm. The live stream will be available at VFX Solidarity.

The individual venue details are below:

Los Angeles venue

Gnomon School of Visual Effects
1015 N Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

RSVP via Facebook for the LA Town Hall meeting here.

Bay Area venue

32Ten Studios
3210 Kerner Boulevard,
San Rafael, California 94901

RSVP via Facebook for the Bay Area Town Hall meeting here.

Vancouver venue

Motion Capture Studio (285e)
Intersections Digital Studios
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street (Granville Island)

Come to the front door in the North Building and follow the signs.

RSVP via Facebook for the Vancouver Town Hall meeting here.

Austin Venue (begins at 7.30pm Austin time)

Mister Tramps Sports Club and Cafe
8565 Research Boulevard
Austin,TX 78758

RSVP via Facebook for the Austin Town Hall meeting here.

Wellington (begins 4pm Wellington time)

The Jig Lab
4 Bond Street, Level 2 North
CBD, Wellington

RSVP via Facebook here.


By RSVP'ing on Facebook, the organizers will be able to assess an accurate headcount. And questions to the panel can also be asked via Facebook, with the most 'Likes' being answered by the panel.

fxguide will be attending and reporting from the Town Hall meetings.

Photo by Jeff Heusser.


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