By James Hirsen
Viewers tuning in to the television programming leading up to the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony may have noticed unusual activity that was taking place alongside the red carpet. Numerous people carrying signs of a significant shade of green had set up a picket line and were engaged in a full-fledged Oscar protest.
The color green in Hollywood typically means that an issue has some kind of environmental connection, but not in this instance. The signs displayed by this particular group were meant to invoke the "green screen," which is a Hollywood technologically related mainstay used in the creation of modern digital special effects for cinema.
The protestors were, in fact, visual effects (VFX) professionals who were staging a demonstration in order to draw media attention to their unusual plight. The artists are concerned, as well they should be, that the VFX industry, which was created and honed in America, is disappearing within our borders and relocating to foreign countries that are offering generous tax subsidies to Hollywood studios. [more...]