In my spare time I’ve been working on a potential challenge to the subsidies used in the VFX industry. If you read this blog I talk a bit about how subsidies are regulated by many international trade agreements. I have been in contact with parts of the government and law firms that specialize in trade law about this issue and I’m happy to announce that we will be starting a campaign to fund a challenge to various subsidies in December.
The law firm I am working with has agreed to break the process up into various stages. Each stage will be funded by a Kickstarter-like project where VFX professionals around the world can donate funds. The funding goes directly to the law firm to pay for the work they will be doing. It’s important to note that not a dime of this money enters my hands. We’ve structured this so the money goes directly to the law firm’s account.
I’m pretty excited about this and so is the law firm. They’re a top notch group of people who are really interested in this. I was particularly attracted to this law firm for their experience and being realistic: They questioned how motivated professionals in our industry are to solve this problem. From my experience I felt there was a lot of apathy.
This first stage will tell us a lot. If there is a lot of interest it could become something huge and very effective. If not then we go back to doing what we do best to solve the problems in this industry: Nothing.