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RE: Eclair ACL Good news in the fight against Canadian subsidies...
Of course, to most of us, who produce low budget movies, tax breaks mean
nothing. I make movies for less when I can stay close to my house, never
mind going out of the country. I've gone as far as the Philippines to shoot
a movie for a friend, but to tell you the truth, I could've made the same
movie for half the money in California. I've shot films in LA for less money
than anywhere else in the world, and I've shot a lot of places in Europe
too. To me, the NAFTA issue is interesting if you're union. ... Just putting
in my two cents worth. :)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 3:01 AM
Subject: RE: Eclair ACL Good news in the fight against Canadian
That is good news. I'm glad somebody is listening. I know we got hit
hard here in Minnesota when business moved north of the border. I
wouldn't mind a little business coming back our way.
As a side note, I was listening to NPR recently and there is a push on
in Canada to abandon the Canadian dollar and tie in with the US dollar
(actually they were advocating a North American currency with Mexico,
the US, and Canada as partners. Shades of the Euro I guess).
Flipside of the coin is that I know we have a couple of Canadians here
on the List and I would hate to see them lose work. It would be nice if
there was enough work to go around.
The real villains are the above the line folks who are exploiting the
weakness of the Canadian dollar and taking the Canadian government's
money. At one time they did the same thing here Minnesota. Our state
government was handing out tax rebates to out of state productions and
it wasn't hard for Hollywood to assemble a cheap, non-union crew here
either. As soon as they saw a better deal elsewhere, they were gone.
It would be nice to see parity (in terms of pay) for crews on both sides
of the border (and in between coasts). I'm not too keen on the "them
versus us" argument though. Bottom line is we are all in the same
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