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Author Topic: Any word on the Strause bros?  (Read 1816 times)

Nostromo
Sep 10, 2018, 03:19:12 AM
Topic on: Sep 10, 2018, 03:19:12 AM
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Where are they today?  ;D



SM
Sep 10, 2018, 03:32:52 AM
Reply #1 on: Sep 10, 2018, 03:32:52 AM
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Busy doing VFX work I expect.


Samhain13
Sep 10, 2018, 03:35:53 AM
Reply #2 on: Sep 10, 2018, 03:35:53 AM
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They seem to have move past trying to direct movies and are only into special effects now. If only Paul Anderson had given up as well...


Corporal Hicks
Sep 13, 2018, 08:02:49 AM
Reply #3 on: Sep 13, 2018, 08:02:49 AM
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Funnily enough I stayed behind to watch the credits for The Predator last night and I saw Hydraulix credited as working on effects for it. There was Colin's name as a VFX supervisor.


Wweyland
Sep 13, 2018, 08:04:09 PM
Reply #4 on: Sep 13, 2018, 08:04:09 PM
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The Predator ship interiors and hologram/UI graphics were quite AvP: R like.



The Cruentus
Sep 22, 2018, 10:09:29 AM
Reply #6 on: Sep 22, 2018, 10:09:29 AM
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I don't know if they deserve the crap they get, yes they made a bad movie, two actually and they do seem to have preferences but originally they were going to try to do Requiem in space before that was shot down, they also had a reduced budget. And lets be honest, they didn't write the script (As far as I know). There might have also been some interference as well.
Although, I remember someone on set, either the brothers or someone else telling another crew member to "shut the f*** up" when they mentioned the lack of lighting.


The Old One
Sep 22, 2018, 01:04:06 PM
Reply #7 on: Sep 22, 2018, 01:04:06 PM
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There were just doing a job that they shouldn't have been IMO.

« Last Edit: Oct 01, 2018, 04:12:02 PM by The Old One »


Nightmare Asylum
Oct 01, 2018, 03:10:39 PM
Reply #9 on: Oct 01, 2018, 03:10:39 PM
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And let us not forget the incredibly weird and creepy treatment of pregnant women in both of their feature films.


The Old One
Oct 01, 2018, 04:12:10 PM
Reply #10 on: Oct 01, 2018, 04:12:10 PM
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So, Hydraulx shouldn't have been doing any jobs.


SM
Oct 01, 2018, 08:54:07 PM
Reply #11 on: Oct 01, 2018, 08:54:07 PM
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And let us not forget the incredibly weird and creepy treatment of pregnant women in both of their feature films.

Been trying to...

Hydraulx has shut down two of its three studios. Only source I can find at the moment is this Reddit thread:

https://www.reddit.com/r/vfx/comments/9k9q06/hydraulx_vfx_studio_shut_down/

Apparently the company was dodgy as hell to work for and nobody has a nice thing to say about it.

Crikey.  :o

« Last Edit: Oct 02, 2018, 11:48:18 AM by SM »

AVP-CAPCOM
Oct 02, 2018, 06:12:56 PM
Reply #12 on: Oct 02, 2018, 06:12:56 PM
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Hydraulx has shut down two of its three studios. Only source I can find at the moment is this Reddit thread:

https://www.reddit.com/r/vfx/comments/9k9q06/hydraulx_vfx_studio_shut_down/

Apparently the company was dodgy as hell to work for and nobody has a nice thing to say about it.

I recall reading in a Golden Raspberries Award nominee that SKYLINE (2010) was up for a Razzie. They shamed Hydraulx for using non union CGI artists to create the $10 Million micro-budget SKYLINE film* (*Hydraulx way of showing off spectacle on a thrift budget).

Despite the controversy over working conditions; as a consumer I can definitely say I liked their work for VFX on many good titles.
TERMINATOR 3- RISE OF THE MACHINES, 300, The Avengers (Marvel film), X-Men the list is endless.
Oh and Aliens Vs Predator-Requiem and THE PREDATOR.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulx

Considering Liam O Donnell did an AVP-GALAXY podcast to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of AVP-R while promoting his direct to Blu-Ray/DVD BEYOND SKYLINE it would be interesting to see why this VFX company went off a cliff.

« Last Edit: Oct 02, 2018, 06:20:59 PM by AVP-CAPCOM »

SM
Oct 02, 2018, 08:33:54 PM
Reply #13 on: Oct 02, 2018, 08:33:54 PM
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If even half of what these people are saying is true - mismanagement.


SiL
Oct 05, 2018, 10:02:05 AM
Reply #14 on: Oct 05, 2018, 10:02:05 AM
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One comment about "the bad boys of VFX" was particularly interesting. Never heard that about them before.

EDIT

Jesus Christ

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If you know how to kiss ass, you will be the best employee there. If you are unhappy with your supervisor and you complain to your higher ups, nothing will happen because the said supervisor is best friends with one of the brothers. If you go complain about the forced overtime, you would be fired. If you don't agree to the micro management of your supervisor, you are done. Some supervisors in some departments hire only girls because they are easier to control.

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Adding here one brother was worse than the other in terms of berating. Quite a few leads also took pleasure in this and much yelling.

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The supervisors were all but outright telling me the place was a shithole as I was sitting there.

...

"sometimes we leave at 6, sometimes we're not sure when we'll leave"

No direct deposit, only hard checks.

They asked me what I heard about the owners. When I spouted some biographical shit I knew about them they stopped me and asked what I really heard about them, and proceeded to explain how difficult they were.

All single monitors, and they still used mental ray. Not a huge thing in its own right, but spoke to their cheapness and that they didn't want to invest in technology.

« Last Edit: Oct 05, 2018, 10:13:18 AM by SiL »

 

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