You probably noticed that #SaveBCFilm supporters have kept getting a video I edited taken down on copyright grounds. I felt this was a bad move because the more they tried to stop the video, the more interest it would generate about what it contains.
So it’s no surprise that Saturday morning I was contacted by CKNW host Dave Teixeira who wanted a copy of the video to refer to on a radio segment about the social media debate.
I tweeted about the potential discussion and listened in and to my surprise frequent commenter & VFX professional Dave Rand called in. I’ve posted the radio segments here:
SaveBCFilm Organizer Wayne Bennett Accuses VFX Soldier Of Spreading Lies & Misinformation
If you listen to the radio segment SaveBCFilm organizer Wayne Bennett calls in and makes a number of accusations about this blog:
- VFX Soldier, not SaveBCFilm has been spreading lies & misinformation.
- VFX Soldier has incorrectly called the program in BC a subsidy.
- VFX Soldier is not based in BC and is upset that California does not have a competitive film subsidy program.
First off, I have engaged #SaveBCFilm and their supporters on twitter asking them simple questions that they do not want to answer. I welcome anyone to challenge the information I have. I cite my sources and they are there for you to see. I do not delete comments and welcome an open forum for anyone. If you try to post any of my articles on the savebcfilm facebook page, it will be removed. This is ironic considering much of the outrage started when savebcfilm supporters has their comments deleted on the BC Premier’s facebook.
The idea that I am spreading lies and misinformation is laughably false. It is a fact that the film subsidy program is costing over $250 Million a year in taxpayer dollars and it is a fact that the program is a subsidy. A producer can receive taxpayer money that goes beyond their tax liability even if it is zero. The commenters on this blog and I have spent the last 3 posts wiping the floor with the facts.
Another big word in the subsidies directory, in fact maybe the biggest of all, is “film,” which appears a whopping 393 times.
Lastly, I’ve never pretended to be a resident of BC and I have never advocated for subsidies in California. I have actively written against subsidies in California, other states in the US, and around the world. I have constantly argued that subsidies create artificial markets, inflate bubbles, and force VFX workers to constantly be displaced.
So what the hell is Wayne Bennett talking about and can someone from #savebcfilm answer me? From the video above it looks like many of the experts on both sides are getting the message that this blog has argued.