Following a massive manhunt, Bangalore authorities reportedly have apprehended a junior CG compositor who was mistakenly allowed to leave a VFX production studio to take his ailing grandmother to the doctor. An unidentified representative of the Digital Arts Security and Compliance Force said that a Special Forces team apprehended the artist, identified only as “Raj by the noisy fan in the back,” without incident at a local medical clinic. He was later transferred under guard back to Cardamom Dreams Studios to continue serving his employment.
Government support of the domestic animation and visual effects industry through enforcement of the so-called “Payment Gateway to Prosperity” vocational education conscription program has drawn criticism from a number of influential IT consulting and service organizations, who claim the program unfairly targets and exploits creative artists who would otherwise be unfairly targeted for exploitation in the computer programming industry.
Manoj “Manny” Gupta, vice chair of the National Consortium of Shadowy IT Educational Institutions, bluntly condemned the government-backed program, calling it “a sham, a spurious and deceitful attempt to scam unsuspecting students and their families out of their meager savings with promises of an education and high paying jobs in animation that just don’t exist.” Gupta went on to claim, “Not only that, but we were here first. You have no rightful claim to these students. You stole our idea!”
The artist, in the second year of a nine-year lighting and compositing “educational sentence,” was able to leave the production studio late Monday morning because of a paperwork mix-up. A studio spokesperson described the error as “an unfortunate incident where a student intern’s social networking profile incorrectly stated they had accrued a two hour work release privilege. It was unacceptable and we take full responsibility.”
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