Our law firm recommended that we form a trade organization to demonstrate domestic industry support for our effort. If we prove to the US International Trade Court that we have the support of the majority of the domestic VFX industry and the industry is being injured by international subsidies, a duty to offset and nullify their distortive effect will be instituted.
We have an interim group advising us and we are calling the group ADAPT: The Association of Digital Artists, Professionals, and Technicians. The hope is once we remove the artificial market created by these subsidies, VFX facilities will have to adapt to a level playing field. We also hope to use the CVD issue as the tip of spear to initiate negotiations with the studios for better treatment of the VFX industry.
So what’s next for me?
We’re getting all the necessary paperwork together to form ADAPT and getting a website together. A number of people have requested I do a reddit AMA which is in the works. Finally, in order to garner support of the domestic vfx industry to initiate the CVD petition, I’d like to start to initiate VFX professionals in the Bay Area and New York.
I would like to schedule time to fly out to the Bay Area and New York to meet with VFX professionals to answer questions about the CVD effort. So let me know your thoughts on what works best. All of this is voluntary on my part but I’m deeply motivated that this issue can change the industry.
Oh and we are also planning a March in March rally during the Oscars 3 months in advance.