LA City Council Ad Hoc Film Committee Meeting This Friday

March 18, 2014

A few weeks ago I went to City Hall to attend an Ad Hoc Film Committee Meeting setup by LA City Council. You can hear my statement in my post about the meeting. This event is open to the public and I will be “suiting up” to make another appearance to urge support for our legal effort to place anti-subsidy duties on subsidized VFX:

The Ad Hoc Committee on Film and TV Production Jobs will hold its second meeting on Friday, March 21 in City Hall.

In our first meeting, we heard about the tremendous human impact runaway production has had in Los Angeles. As we continue our work and focus on policy objectives, our next meeting will include a discussion on expanding California’s film and television tax incentives program and the need for Sacramento to join us in the fight for jobs throughout L.A. and California.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the John Ferraro Council Chamber, room 340 of City Hall, located on 200 N. Spring St. in Los Angeles.

I hope to see you there!
Councilmember, Second District

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Sony Notifies Government Of Pending US Layoffs

March 18, 2014


California State employment officials were sent a WARN act filing yesterday by Sony. In the US large employers are required to send employees a 60 day notice of a large layoff of facility closing. One of the addresses listed is the location of Sony Pictures Imageworks but it looks like this is for the 70 that were laid off from the recently closed interactive division which shared the same location.

Even with big layoffs in the film division at Sony, it plans to ramp up the amount of animation work because the cost of voice talent is much cheaper than live action. Just this week Sony announced a pretty large slate of animated films.

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Thank You New York

March 16, 2014

New York VFX professional Bradley Friedman wrote a guest post on The Wrap explaining why he feels our legal effort to place anti-subsidy duties on subsidized VFX is important. Dear Hollywood: Fix VFX, It Will Fix the Movie Biz for You:

Hollywood, Yes the CVD is leverage against you. If you want to be angry at being forced into negotiations, be angry. But take a good long hard look at where you actually stand right now and ask yourself: Shouldn’t we have pulled out that chair a long time ago, before it got to this point?

If your investors take a good look at what has been going on, and you don’t un-cook the goose, there’s going to be hell to pay.

Mr. Friedman has mentioned our legal effort before in a blog post he wrote in November.

One of the pleasant surprises since I started this blog was the enthusiastic support from the NY Digital Production community. When I first started my blog, NY VFX professional Eric Alba was one of the first to mention it to the masses. Most recently, Motionographer Bran Dougherty-Johnson put together the short animation video you see on the ADAPT website.

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VFX Soldier Attends CA Democratic Convention

March 12, 2014


Deana Igelsrud and I speaking about the film subsidy issue to a state politician.

The March in March demonstration caught the attention of many people. One of them was Deana Igelsrud who was a former ILM employee who is now Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party’s Legislative Action Committee. Deana reached out to me last week and invited me to attend the California Democratic Convention last Saturday for a chance to meet with elected officials and speak about our legal effort to curb subsidies in the VFX industry. I have also been contacted by supportive conservative groups that would like to file amicus briefs. This issue seems to transcend party lines.

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ADAPT Local Initiative Plan

March 6, 2014

During the VFX Progress Group meeting yesterday some of the attendees wanted to find out how they could help with our legal effort to apply anti-subsidy duties to subsidized visual effects work. While we setup fundraising channels, we want to cast a wide net to not just people in the VFX industry, but groups that would be interested in helping with our effort. One great idea that came up yesterday was to get local governments and chambers of commerce to help fund our effort.

So why am I proposing we seek the help of local government?

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VFX March In March Mentioned On Conan O’Brien

March 6, 2014

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Big thanks to one of our supporters who directed me to this. Conan O’Brien talks about the VFX March protest that drew almost 600 supporters. Some good chuckles. Enjoy:

I’ve been a big fan of Conan O’Brien since my college days staying up to watch his show. Big thanks to his team for the mention.

Soldier On.

VFX Soldier Interview At March In March Rally

March 5, 2014

Mark Devlin of Surviving The Freelance Jungle conduct this impromptu interview with me during the March in March rally.

Soldier On.


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