Let me preface this by saying I think we’re all aware of the bad things that are happening in the VFX industry (studios chasing incentives, poor working conditions for artists, non-steady work etc.).
With that said, I want to start a VFX Studio on the East Coast (probably North Carolina or Virginia). It will be run by the artists, so there will be no unnecessary overhead. The Studio will not chase incentives, so the artists working there will be able to settle down and not have to worry about moving to another location. Artists will be treated extremely well (good benefits, good work environment, etc.). Everyone will be on salary, full-time (there may be few/no contractors).
Main Question: Is this “Dream” Studio too farfetched? If so, why? A lot of regular businesses operate this way. Why can’t a VFX Studio?
Question 1: Is it feasible for a VFX Studio to be successful in an area that isn’t necessarily a film hub? My thinking: A studio can set up shop anywhere there’s good internet. Because as long as you have good internet, your client can send you the shots via internet, you then complete the VFX work at your studio, and then you send the shots back to the client via internet. So would a VFX Studio in Raleigh, NC really be disadvantaged compared to a VFX Studio in LA or Vancouver? If both locations can still do the work equally well, shouldn’t they have equal footing and success rates? Am I missing some “benefit” of being geographically located in LA or Vancouver etc. besides tax incentives?
Question 2: Would you, as a professional VFX artist in the industry, like the option to be able to work in an East Coast state (NC, VA)? Or would you rather be in an area like Vancouver or LA? My thinking: It seems like VFX artists have very few options of where to work in North America. It’s either the West Coast or Canada. So wouldn’t some artists appreciate the option of working at a VFX studio on the East Coast?
Anyway, those are my ramblings. I’m hoping to get some good feedback on whether this is all possible or not, and how to make it happen.
Thanks in advance!