Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Hollywood's Passage To India

Post-production movie work — everything from complex digital effects (such as the talking armoured polar bears that appeared in The Golden Compass, one of which sported a fur coat with seven million individually rendered hairs) to basic colour grading (making sure shades stay consistent throughout a film) — is steadily migrating from traditional centres such as LA to low-cost locations in India.

5 Comments:

At 5/06/2008 9:37 PM, Blogger bobble said...

"Economists are blind to the loss of US industries and occupations, because they believe these results reflect the beneficial workings of free trade. Whatever is being lost, they think, is being replaced by something as good or better. They are unable to identify what the replacement industries and occupations are, but they are certain they are out there somewhere. It does not occur to them that the same incentive (cheap, skilled foreign labour) that causes the loss of one tradable good or service applies to all tradable goods and services. There is no reason why the ‘replacement industry’ or knowledge job will not simply follow its predecessor offshore. "

from and excellent article on globalisation, with a point of view not usually found on carpe diem:

Globalisation

 
At 5/07/2008 8:23 AM, Anonymous Is said...

Economists are blind to the loss of US industries and occupations, because they believe these results reflect the beneficial workings of free trade. Whatever is being lost, they think, is being replaced by something as good or better. They are unable to identify what the replacement industries and occupations are, but they are certain they are out there somewhere.

Bobble, here is a link to the Industries with the fastest growing and most rapidly declining wage and salary employment for the years 2006- 2016 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Apparently, someone has identified "what is replacing what has been lost".

http://www.bls.gov/emp/empfastestind.htm

 
At 5/07/2008 12:26 PM, Blogger bobble said...

". . .here is a link to the Industries with the fastest growing . . .wage and salary employment for the years 2006- 2016.

thanks. i'm feelin' good about the future now! from that list, here are the ones that can't be offshored (and of these many could be filled by H1B's):

Individual and family services
Home health care services
Facilities support services
Residential care facilities
Independent artists, writers, and performers
Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions
Child day care services
Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries
Other educational services
Promoters of events, and agents and managers
Local government excluding enterprises, educational services, and hospitals
Other support services
Scenic and sightseeing transportation

"It does not occur to [economists] that the same incentive (cheap, skilled foreign labour) that causes the loss of one tradable good or service applies to all tradable goods and services. There is no reason why the ‘replacement industry’ or knowledge job will not simply follow its predecessor offshore. "

 
At 5/07/2008 12:31 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> They are unable to identify what the replacement industries and occupations ...

No they haven't. That's is total BS. Threre are sources all over the place about what kind of jobs are replacing THAT kind of job.

We are outsourcing the kind of tedious BS which is at the heart of a lot of work we outsource. The work described is "high-tech fruit picking and toilet cleaning". It is tedious and mind-numbing detail work.

Did you really READ even the blurb?
Try again (Emphasismine):
a fur coat with seven million individually rendered hairs.

That doesn't require intelligence or education, it requires patience and a willingness to so the same tiny little bit of work over and over and over. While there are certainly Americans out there who might prefer this to their own job, that's only briefly. Once they were on their 20,000th "correction" of a hair flaw, they'd be happy to get their old job back, even at a 10% cut in pay. American minds are not raised to that kind of mindless focus required. This is the MTV generation, they have a hard time actually reading a book for more than 20 minutes at a sitting, for crying out loud.

No, to want that kind of job you have to be moderately intelligent and educated, but not even a vaguely individual thinker -- and the most dronelike American does not fit that bill. And to do it for a reasonable price, you have to be in a country where 30k+ a year is not the median salary.

 
At 5/07/2008 12:57 PM, Blogger bobble said...

"That's is total BS. Threre are sources all over the place about what kind of jobs are replacing THAT kind of job."

great. please post a link to new, high paying jobs that can not be performed by "cheap, skilled foreign labour" and will, thus, not be offshored.


"We are outsourcing the kind of tedious BS which is at the heart of a lot of work we outsource. The work described is "high-tech fruit picking and toilet cleaning". It is tedious and mind-numbing detail work."

really? thanks for speaking for all of america's engineers and programmers. i used to make $200K per year in high tech, and oddly enough, i enjoyed it.

 

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