New York VFX professional Bradley Friedman wrote a guest post on The Wrap explaining why he feels our legal effort to place anti-subsidy duties on subsidized VFX is important. Dear Hollywood: Fix VFX, It Will Fix the Movie Biz for You:
Hollywood, Yes the CVD is leverage against you. If you want to be angry at being forced into negotiations, be angry. But take a good long hard look at where you actually stand right now and ask yourself: Shouldn’t we have pulled out that chair a long time ago, before it got to this point?
If your investors take a good look at what has been going on, and you don’t un-cook the goose, there’s going to be hell to pay.
Mr. Friedman has mentioned our legal effort before in a blog post he wrote in November.
One of the pleasant surprises since I started this blog was the enthusiastic support from the NY Digital Production community. When I first started my blog, NY VFX professional Eric Alba was one of the first to mention it to the masses. Most recently, Motionographer Bran Dougherty-Johnson put together the short animation video you see on the ADAPT website.
After revealing my identity as VFX Soldier, I immediately took time to fly out to New York to meet with VFX pros at the School of Visual Arts. SVA Chair & Director John McIntosh told me the appearance was one of the best attended events he put together. I was impressed at how interested the community was with our effort. The conversation lasted for 3 hours!
So I just wanted to say thank you New York. I hope that if ADAPT becomes the organization I hope it is, that a significant component of that will be working with professionals in NY’s Digital Production community.