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I just had the chance to try out the shoes I received from J.Fitzpatrick this month.
The Corliss model was one of the very unique options, and I decided if I had to pick just one, I may as well get something very non-standard.
J.Fitzpatrick actually is best known for running one of the better sites on men’s shoes, The Shoe Snob. Justin operates a shoe shine stand, and now a capsule collection, out of Gieves & Hawkes at No.1 Savile Row, London.
You can see the rest of his shoe line here:
(I really like the Laurelhurst in burgundy, and the Magnolia in antiqued brown, too)
If you’re interested in them, email Justin directly via email@example.com, and remember you’ll subtract the 20% VAT for orders outside the EU.
Enjoy the Oscars. #vfxprotest @vfxunited #oscars
image Frank Nogood, SPI
My beloved spouse is being pithy for effect, but the pressures facing the global VFX industry are economic, social, and political, and widespread. Workers want fair wages, better working conditions, and jobs that permit stable living arrangements. VFX facilities want better treatment from the movie studios that employ them. Major studios want VFX tentpoles like Life of Pi turned out on shorter schedules with smaller budgets. State, local, and national governments offer deeper and more dangerous film subsidies in an attempt to attract what are perceived to be (but rarely are) lucrative, long-term technical jobs.
Life of Pi made $586 million worldwide— yet, two weeks ago, the facility that created Richard Parker the tiger went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy and laid off 250 employees on a Sunday night via phone calls. Beasts of the Southern Wild completed 85 of its 120 VFX shots with unpaid, for-credit-only student labor as part of a course at the for-profit Academy of Art University.
Imagine your work receiving critical acclaim, awards, and exposure— and getting an eleventh-hour “don’t come to work tomorrow” phone call.
Imagine accumulating thousands of dollars of student debt to work on an Oscar-nominated film for very little recognition and none of the profits.
Something’s wrong with that picture. If you want to know more, you can read up at Scott Ross’ blog, go deeper with the work of VES board member and VFX supervisor Scott Squires at Effects Corner, or sample an overview post by Arthur Wyatt at MetaFilter.
At last count, 246 of my colleagues are at Hollywood and Vine, preparing to march down to the Dolby for the Oscar broadcast; you can see ‘em on Twitter, hashtag #vfxprotest. Dave Rand, a longtime VFX organizer, has hired a plane to fly over and broadcast the message. I wish I could be there, but I’m laid up at home; I’ll have protest signs of my own on Twitter during the broadcast proper.
“When I was young there were beatniks. Hippies. Punks. Gangsters. Now you’re a hacktivist. Which I would probably be if I was 20. Shuttin’ down MasterCard. But there’s no look to that lifestyle! Besides just wearing a bad outfit with bad posture. Has WikiLeaks caused a look? No! I’m mad about that. If your kid comes out of the bedroom and says he just shut down the government, it seems to me he should at least have an outfit for that.”
One of my favorite discount sites has a handful of his in-house brand suits back in stock, and I recommend them as a reasonable off-the-rack suit purchase.
The suits feature unfinished sleeves(for easier adjustment to your arm length), functional boutonnière with keeper loop(for the flower stem), traditional styling, and most important - a fully canvassed jacket.
Look for the “Classico” model in Super 140s Charcoal, Navy, and Medium Grey wool. This is the sort of suit that will stay in your wardrobe for a very long time.