I have met my supervisor today to review and plan my research. We have discussed my current researches into UK and Australia contexts of the visual effects industry, the analysis of the information from the website of visual effects society (http://www.visualeffectssociety.com), as well as theoretical readings such as the recent research of Aylish Wood Talk about Maya.
We have made the follow progress during the discussion :
1. I will create a list of all visual effects companies in the transnational compositing networks that I could identified and visualise the datas of these companies and their locations on map. More research will be done into these companies in order to gain more accuracy of my research and also deeper the understanding of the transnational compositing networks.
2. Get in contacts with wider institutions such as BFI and Creative England to gain datas relating to the market, policy, and other context of British Visual Effects industry and their links with British Film industry. The overall aim of contacting them is to defining the key factors for the further development of Visual Effects industry in UK. Especially I aim to discuss the response of BFI to HM Treasury ‘s consolation for providing further support to visual effects industry, the recent revising of cultural test for film on BFI website in relating to tax relief. According to BFI, there will be an increase on the points of visual effects. The purpose of contacting these institutions also includes finding answer to questions such as why British Film such as the Young Victoria and the Hunter Lockers chose visual effects from overseas.
3. Be active and send more interview request letters to the visual effects companies the I plan to interview with. Further research them through analysis of trade journals. Keep Follow up with the existing contacts that I have already made with the companies.
4. Analysis how the compositors/ visual effects supervisors are trained in relating to UK contexts as the HM Treasury ‘s consolation for providing further support to visual effects industry highlight that training and education of employees work for the VFX industry is crucial to the current development of the industry in UK. I will research into the relevant training providers in UK and the education backgrounds of the key compositors and visual effects supervisors in UK. Further interview could be conduct with the professionals and institutions who involved in the eduction of them.
6. Building contacts with more organisations such as Screen Australia to gain deeper understanding the national contexts of the translational compositing networks. For example I aims to get further discussion of the article Visual Effects, Australian envelopment which is published on Australia Government website through contacting Screen Australia. Specially how frame the national evolvement of visual effects industry in this transnational networks.
7. Building contacts with Visual Effects society to get broader networks for this research.
8. Archive the source and writings of this research projects. Get both digital (includes backup) and printed our versions the materials and data of this research.
9. Do 500 words writing practice very day to reflect on the research and readings of the day.
10. Draft 200 words abstract for this research
Website of visual effects society :http://www.visualeffectssociety.com
HM Treasury ‘s consolation for providing further support to visual effects industry: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/264920/PU1603_Visual_effects_summary_of_responses.pdf
Screen Australia: http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au
BFI cultural test for film: http://www.bfi.org.uk/film-industry/british-certification-tax-relief/cultural-test-film
BFI Award for UK films and British talents in 2010 :http://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/uk-film-council-awards-for-uk-films-and-british-talent-in-2010-2011-03-10.pdf