I worked at ScanlineVFX full-time (More than a year)
Nice central location (Vancouver office).
- Negligent management, why?
1. Leaving numerous employee contracts to the last week or even day of employment without any prior notice of extension is disgusting. Playing with peoples livelihoods should be taken much more seriously.
2. When people come to management with concerns over artist morale, usually due to the aforementioned, it should be again taken seriously and not thrown into the garbage bin of complaints.
3. Stop pigeonholing your artists into staying by deliberately continuing to use niche software that's harder to use and on par if not more expensive than the competition when taking training time into account.
- Stephan (CEO) should pick a job and stick to it.
If he wants to be CEO then he needs to learn to be more considerate of others and breed a more compassionate working environment to match, there's a reason why the top echelons are full of highly paid sharks because they go unchecked.
If he wants to be a VFX Supervisor then go for it, and only it. You're a good supervisor, a little harsh directly and a little militant but you have a great eye for what you want and how to get there and I always appreciated that even when it meant a complete redo.
If he wants to push Flowline and maybe fix this issue of pigeonholing a little then step aside from ScanlineVFX and push the software to other studios but properly this time to avoid another MPC fiasco; the software is already an IP of Flowline GmbH and not Scanline.
Advice to Management
1. Fire the highly paid sharks and useless management, supes, producers that get away with murder by burning people out, treating them like scum and caring about number one and only number one.
2. Hire some competent leaders and talents from other studios.
3. Fix the software situation, move to proven industry standard software to unlock a wealth of talent in the industry. Stephan, you can keep flowline going, at it's core it's an amazing tool that the industry is still in awe of but port it or it'll die.
4. Work out an actual roadmap of shows, hire accordingly and for goodness sake if you must downsize which every studio has to do then give people a heads up!
I applied online. The process took 8+ months. I interviewed at ScanlineVFX (Vancouver, BC (Canada)) in December 2013.
Listened to owner talk about how great the company was, watched Scanline reel. They asked very little about my experience or skills, and showed me their cafeteria that had to be called the "nightclub" - it looked like an '80's gay bar set for an after school special.
Lots of smiling and nodding and one word approval noises "wow!", "amazing!" etc really seemed to help.
Brief mention of no OT until after 45 hours a week because they're pretending to be a high tech professional company and so exempt from BC labour law. Every other studio in town has been busted for this, but I guess nobody told Scanline.
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