ADAPT Local Initiative Plan

During the VFX Progress Group meeting yesterday some of the attendees wanted to find out how they could help with our legal effort to apply anti-subsidy duties to subsidized visual effects work. While we setup fundraising channels, we want to cast a wide net to not just people in the VFX industry, but groups that would be interested in helping with our effort. One great idea that came up yesterday was to get local governments and chambers of commerce to help fund our effort.

So why am I proposing we seek the help of local government?

Entering the subsidy race is very very expensive so supporters would need a big government to front the costs. For example, it’s estimated that the increase to the California film subsidy program would have to be at least $400 million and while this is something that cities near Hollywood would be for, cities like Fresno would not be interested. It’s likely that the bill will ultimately be whittled down to something much less.

On the other hand, our legal effort will cost orders of magnitude less than the proposed film subsidy programs. So given that the barrier for success is lower for us, we don’t need to go to very large governments and bureaucracies  to seek support, we can go to local governments that could donate funding that would lead to a potentially big return.

What you can do to help

Just as an example, here is a list of local cities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Each of this cities have local council meetings that you can find online. You can also find local chambers of commerce associated with these cities. If each of you are willing to take the time to contact or even attend council meetings in your city to speak about our effort to end subsidies they may be receptive to helping us.

Soldier On.


13 Responses to ADAPT Local Initiative Plan

  1. LMP says:

    I directed this post to John D’amico, West Hollywood city council..

  2. Good Idea; I live in Santa Monica and can contact the City Council there – But what exactly are we asking them for? Grants? Or for them to speak up to the state Government? Or just an endorsement?

    • VFX Soldier says:

      Support is great but grants are best and the focus of this. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. We could shoulder the burden of the costs exclusively but there are so many others that would benefit so why not have them chip in?


  3. Long Time Post & VFX Producer says:

    “Grants are non-repayable funds disbursed by one party (grant makers), often a government department, corporation, foundation or trust, to a recipient, often (but not always) a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual.”

    Grants, another word for subsidy.

    • Andreas jablonka says:

      You crack me.
      The fact that grants are evaluated escaped you right?

      That’s like saying only good movies get subsidies! How is all the crap being made then? 🙂

      Just go troll somewhere else…

    • Look at the big picture says:

      @Long Time Post & VFX Producer

      Are you getting paid to spread this FUD? Please don’t tell me you troll these forums for free.

    • minoton says:

      Hasn’t it always been the subsidized locations’ stance that California just have subsidies too? 😉

      “Although the terms are often used interchangeably, grants and subsidies are two different types of funding. Grants are sums that usually do not have to be repaid but are to be used for defined purposes. Subsidies, on the other hand, refer to direct contributions, tax breaks and other special assistance that governments provide businesses to offset operating costs over a lengthy time period. The practice is controversial since large corporations — not small businesses — tend to receive most subsidies.”

      I can cut’n’paste, too!

      • VFX Soldier says:

        I’m for grants for social services like health, education, and non-profits like ours. I’m fine with long time not being able to make the distinction and trolling here. The more time the opposition is trolling is less time they spend actually doing something to stop me.

        Sent from my iPhone


    • Eric says:

      Why am I not surprised that a Post producer doesn’t understand?

      Quit posting here, go be better at your job and you won’t need subsidies.

      If more of you people understood the nuts and bolts of 3d and VFX not only would shows and commercials save millions, but the people who actually do all of the hard work would be far better off working in this industry overall.

      There are some who are on point and they are awesome to work with.

  4. […] was quite good. Many exchanged contact info to learn more. My hope is that this will help with our Local Initiative Plan to help gain funding for the legal […]

  5. […] if the state intends to go forward with more subsidies. This time I’d like to advocate our local initiative plan. Since our legal effort costs a fraction of what the state subsidy program would cost, the LA City […]

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