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Outsourcing in special effects

In 2004, Rueters reporting on the boom in outsourcing by Indian animation companies cited an analyst:

“Not many firms have gone beyond being a sweatshop,” said Apurva Shah, an analyst at Prabhudas Lilladher. “I think it’s tough for an Indian firm to be another Pixar.” (read here)

Then the focus was more on animation than on special effects. A recent Times (London) report states that Western producers are turning to the subcontinent as a cost-effective and skilful source of special effects. Films that have outsourced special effects to India include 28 Weeks Later, Spiderman III, xXx: State of the Union. Though the general view of India is as a destination for low-end clean up jobs, which are labour intensive, the report has Prime Focus arguing that films such as 28 Weeks Later demonstrate that Indian special effects companies can deliver high-quality creative work (read report here).

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