I’ve spent 25 years creating graphics and animation. While I never worked on feature films, I know all too well what a difficult business it can be. Apparently, Rhythm & Hues, a company I once applied to when I was fresh out of college, has filed for bankruptcy. In spite of the fact that they won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for the movie Life of Pi.
About 400 people protested outside the Kodak Theater to draw attention to the disparity between the money made by studios and the people who help make the magic. When Bill Westenhofer accepted the award on behalf of R&H, it seems he was drowned out by the orchestra before he could mention the protest. As part of the protest on the Internet, people have been turning their profile pictures chroma-key green on Facebook and elsewhere.