Foreign Film Subsidies

My project will focus on the country of New Zealand and the policies that allow their workers to fight competitively for jobs in the motion picture industry. New Zealand is famous for their prominent visual effects artists that have contributed to such films as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar. Yet these are American films being distributed by American companies. So why is so much work being contracted abroad? Essentially the government of New Zealand is willing to pay massive subsidies to the motion picture industry to persuade companies to send their work overseas. So far the state of California has not been willing to match these foreign subsidies, leaving visual effects artists in the United States out of work. Of course New Zealand is only as attractive as their latest subsidy meaning without a continuing influx of cash they could lose their position at any time.

Articles:

Oscar Protest: Visual Effects Protestors Take to Streets

http://vfxsoldier.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/the-vfx-subsidy-war-part-ii/

http://www.newsmax.com/JamesHirsen/Visual-Effects-Protest-Oscars/2014/03/03/id/555720/

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