The Wrap mentions this blog’s campaign:
VFX Soldier is moving beyond rhetoric and mounting a legal challenge to foreign film credits. It is getting readers in on the action by soliciting donations to fund the effort. Last December, the blog raised $13,000 from more than 180 donors, which it used to hire an international law firm to conduct a feasibility study. VFX Soldier said the goal is to determine the best legal avenues for taking on these major media conglomerates.
“It’s a long shot,” the writer of VFX Soldier told TheWrap. “But my ability to get into this industry was a long shot. No matter how good or efficient you are as a company right now, you’re at the mercy of the next government that comes in and undercuts the process by offering more money. So you’ll keep having jobs go to India, China or whatever the next place will be.”
Not sure if I was misquoted but I believe I said jobs will go to Vancouver, then Montreal or whatever the next subsidized location will be and I am also against subsidies in the states.
The LA Times also had an article that zeroed in on something I’ve argued for quite a while:
In a meeting with employees Monday, Rhythm & Hues executives singled out the difficulty of competing with tax subsidies offered in the UK and Canada, and indicated about 200 people would lose their jobs.
That being said I’m sure many people who recently were shaken by the recent news are reading this blog for the first time and wondering what this campaign is about. Long story short, the subsidies that are causing the industry so much volatility violate many international trade agreements. You can read the details here.
So what’s the latest info? Here is what I can divulge:
The team we are working with has been meeting with individuals in the industry to understand the inner workings of how the subsidies flow through and impact the different stages of the production process. They will soon be meeting with relevant officials in the government to consult on how the trade laws on subsidies would be applied to the particular structure of our industry. Based on these conversations and their own research and experience, they will be drafting a proposal that would outline what we can do.
As more information becomes available, I will submit a post to let everyone know the progress.