What’s Going On With ADAPT?

Quite a number of people have been wanting to know what’s the latest concerning our efforts to levy anti-subsidy duties on subsidized VFX.

The March in March demonstration was incredibly successful as it continues to yield media interests. I will say that literally every week there has been some media outlet interested in speaking with us. I will post links on my blog as they are released. The media reports help spread word about the legal effort.

Speaking of legal effort, the law firm we are working with, Picard Kentz & Rowe, has been continuing their work on the case. I can’t divulge any details but I can tell you things are going along as planned. The recent decisions concerning the dental case have been a huge win for our effort. The timing couldn’t have been better.

 It’s important to know the Scott Ross, Dave Rand, the rest of the ADAPT team, and I have all been working on this effort on a voluntary basis. We all have full-time jobs so we do this work in our free time. We have devoted most of our time working on building ADAPT as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. This involved some in-depth work:

  • Creating Articles of Incorporation (Done)
  • Creating organization By-laws (sort of done)
  • Establishing an IRS number (Done)
  • Opening a bank account (In progress)
  • Filing legal paperwork (not started)

We need to establish the organization to help attain funding from interested parties to pay the law firm for the work they are doing. We would like to avoid one-shot crowdsourcing campaigns like Indiegogo (the fees are an issue also). Instead we are working on creating the ability for our site to attain funding directly and we hope to do this two ways.

The ADAPT site will allow individuals to join our organization as a member. There will be a membership fee which can be paid monthly or all at once. Anyone with an interest in our effort anywhere in the world can join and supporters will be confidential to the public. The site will also accept donations private donations from anyone also. Those still concerned about concealing their involvement can also mail a check or money order to our organization or even contact me directly if they would like to send funding.

I will be out of the country starting May 9th until May 26th. I’m hoping we’ll have everything in place by June to go wide. We hope to have another VFX BBQ to help encourage enrollment. I’d also be willing to fly up to San Francisco again if time permits. I would love to come to Vancouver and NY if my schedule (and personal money!) permits.

Soldier On.


19 Responses to What’s Going On With ADAPT?

  1. Disgruntled says:

    Thanks for the update Daniel! Its all really coming together now. Thanks to all you guys for all the hard work.

    Time for this industry and the artists in it to mature and become full fledged adults now. This industry is a business like any other and should be treated as such. Time to act professional people and stand up for yourselves and the industry we all work in.

  2. Whoa says:

    Thank you for updating us. Ready and waiting to enroll.

  3. Daniel says:

    Kinda funny that you’re using the word “ADAPT”. I only say it because in everything I read, the goal doesn’t seem for us to adapt to anything. Quite the opposite, actually.

    • VFX Soldier says:

      I beg to differ. ADAPT is a perfect name. We want subsidized VFX to ADAPT to true market conditions, not artificial pricing created by the government.

  4. Kanley Stubrick says:

    Eventually ADAPT (the delightful irony of the name can’t be overlooked) will be too much to do “in your spare time” and you’ll have to do it full time which means you’ll want to be paid for it.

    Volunteer my ass! This was always your plan.

    I feel bad for all the suckers who actually give you their money thinking they’ll ever see fruit from it.

    • VFX Soldier says:

      Over the years I’ve been offered money by people working in the industry to express support for my blog and efforts. I’ve turned it down and told them to instead save their money and donate to the organization to pay our law firm.

      I was paid very well in VFX and my current job pays me competitively. If there was an evil plot for me to steal money from VFX artists, this isn’t it. Ask anyone and everyone, we’ve been legit from day one.

    • Dave Rand says:

      I’m not asking for a dime. I’ll stand behind my real name and my reputation and do what is right for this industry.

    • studio_spotter says:

      lol wat? Sherlock Kanley calls shinanagins!

      VFX Soldier runs this blog for years so that he can sucker fx artists into … employing the CVD? Sounds like sheer diabolical genius to me!

  5. Kaiser Sozey says:

    legit legit, To legit to quite. Stop hammer time. who comes up with this crap? Must be Canadians. Want me to throat punch them Daniel?

  6. Peter Greenaway says:

    …meanwhile in Montreal:

    Long live subsidized locations.

    However it will be nice to think at at least one plan B, once the bubble will explode.

    • aiden says:

      What I am curious about is if the CVD can be placed on a Country when the tax credit system at least in Canada is run by each province. On top of that some of the provinces it would be very difficult to prove in court that VFX have being hurt by the tax credit program. B.C., Ontario, and Quebec can be targeted. Outside of those 3 provinces the level and the volume of VFX work done is small.

      The other question I have is when the Hollywood Reporter covered this story they stated that if a study owned the VFX company then the CVD would not count against them. Is this true?

      Run away productions have hurt the U.S. and L.A. film market for well over a decade. Why is it that none of the other unions have gone down this path of a CVD?

      Finally how will ADAPT afford to go after so many Countries? It is not like Canada is the only Country doing tax credit programs.

      I do not ask these questions to bash ADAPT or VFX Soldier. As a Canadian I do see tax credits different from the U.S. workers. At the same time I am not a big fan of large amounts of tax credits going to large big budget sequels that have zero business receiving tax credits. I do not have a issue for funding larger films if they are original and there are risks involved. I would rather see the tax credit game changed so it forces Hollywood to take chances and make more “Gravity” or “Inception” type films VS Transformers part 5 on tax credits. If studios want to make sequels more power to them but it should not be funded by taxpayers money.

      I am also not a fan of covering over 50% of labor costs for films unless they are Canadian. Runaway productions should be more at the 20%-30% range. Yes that would mean job losses in Canada but the truth is more stability is needed. I do think Canada can play a roll in this. Part of that roll should be instead of spending 200 million dollars on U.S. runaway productions put that money towards domestic films and TV.

      I am not in favour of the CVD simply from an aspect that I don’t believe it can be applied fairly and I have a pretty big issue with a CVD being placed on any provinces in Canada while many U.S. states offer large production tax credits such as New York ect. Film Workers having to live around the world chasing jobs is not exclusive to VFX workers. Every area of film is affected by tax credits and runaway productions.

      • VFX Soldier says:

        Doesn’t matter if it’s a province of Canada. CVD would be levied against the country.

        Send me a link to the thr article. I think you are confusing that with a variety article about our law firm stating that Imageworks and ilm’s opinions would be disregarded in court because they are owned by studios that benefit from injurious subsidies.

        We are working with local unions and many internally support our effort. The national unions won’t because the Canadian locals will cry foul.

        We intend to go after a number of countries. It’s common for CVDs to be levied against a number of offending countries.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • Reality Check says:

        Adapts biggest hurdle to getting a cvd will likely be proving it represents a significant portion of the vfx sector it claims has been harmed. While the opinions of Imageworks and ILM’s owners wont count it remains to be seen if their workers have the balls to be part of the official count of complainers. If the employees don’t step out and up and be counted the effort will fail.

  7. aiden says:

    It was on the podcast “The Business” I am pretty sure this is the correct episode.

  8. […] This latest move by Sony actually helps add more evidence to our legal effort to mitigate the effect of subsidies that is currently being worked on. […]

  9. ben says:

    Ready to sign up. Thanks for all the hard work.

  10. […] he has transitioned this critique into a formal organization: the Association of Digital Artists, Professionals and Technicians (ADAPT) which is a legal effort to levy anti-subsidy duties on subsidized VFX […]

  11. […] Association of Digital Artists, Professionals and Technicians (ADAPT) –  a legal effort to levy anti-subsidy duties on subsidized VFX contracts. […]

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