If you are interested in making a pledge, please go to the easy-to-remember short link below and help take action.
I’ve also created a simple flyer that you can print and distribute at work. Place it in the bathroom, on cars, on John Textor’s boat if you’d like:
Fellow VFX Professionals, the time has come for us to take direct action. As many of you know, this blog has written extensively on the harm that subsidies have caused by distorting the price of visual effects work. This has led to a race to the bottom where many of our colleagues are forced to constantly move around the world as US studios chase subsidies for their films.
I’ve received many emails from professionals about meetings pertaining to pay cuts and requirements by various companies that they must uproot and move to a subsidized location or they will be fired. These are all the result of the subsidy race that many of the facilities we work for are engaged in.
As you know, I have pointed out that many of these subsidies violate international trade agreements because they distort the market. I have been in contact with a law firm that specializes in international trade law and has the ability to challenge these subsidies. In order to achieve this we will need funding.
We’ve teamed up and developed a strategy that we feel will help execute this goal. We have broken the campaign up into distinct stages. Each stage will have an objective and a funding goal to help meet that objective which will be put on a crowd-funded site where you and your colleagues, and for that matter, anyone interested in supporting this issue, can make a pledge. If the funding goal is NOT reached then no funds will be withdrawn from the accounts of those who make a pledge. On the other hand, if we do receive enough pledges that reach the goal, the funds will be withdrawn and go directly to a PayPal account linked to the law firm.
I do not receive any money for this. None of the funds enter my pockets — it goes directly to the law firm.
The first stage requires funding of $15,000 ($15,000 + $1,130 PayPal and Indiegogo fee) for a “feasibility study” that the law firm will conduct to determine what legal strategy, if any, is best to achieve our goal. Once they devise a strategy that I feel will work, they will determine how much funding they will need to execute it and we will put it up for crowd funding. If the feasibility study demonstrates that there is little or no chance of success for a legal challenge, then we will make the decision to not continue to the next stage.