2013.01.13 @ 17:00 - New comments purged
2013.01.13 @ 16:30 - Added new comments
2013.01.13 @ 10:00 - All comments after Friday 19:57 have been purged
2013.01.13 @ 00:00 - No change
2013.01.12 @ 17:55 - All new comments purged and my commenting privileges denied.
2013.01.12 @ 16:51 - All new comments from this morning have been deleted once again.
2013.01.12 @ 15:55 - 31 new comments deleted.
2013.01.12 @ 09:00 - All new comments from beginning have been deleted
2013.01.11 @ 21:00 - Almost 400 comments have been submitted
2013.01.11 @ 10:00 - Begin Timeline
-- RESTORED DELETED COMMENTS (ADDED SAT JAN 12th at 14:21PM) --
Thanks for posting that link Fiona Winning
- we will most certainly not be supporting Christy Clark and her party again anytime soon.
Nor will the 1000's of unemployed film technicians, and the 1000's of businesses the BC film industry supports, think of the billions of dollars our province is losing through this terrible decision? Think of all the small businesses that are affected from it, everything from hotels to restaurants to dry cleaners, film supports more than their employees - billions will be lost. Quite a disgrace.
Dear Ms Clark, today's news that your Government has taken a close look at the screen-based entertainment industry as a possible focus for the Jobs Plan, and has not found a compelling case for any additional emphasis on this sector.”is nothing short of devastating to the Film Industry here in BC. It represents a complete unwillingness or ignorance to be involved in stemming the waves of Production moving to Ontario and Quebec. While both Provinces can boast of $1 Billion dollar boosts in the economy you have allowed our Industry to die. I have attempted in discussion to educate your Ministers in how the Industry works and there is an obvious disdain to the Industry. Can we really let these dollars go to Provinces with better Tax breaks? Can we afford to now finance the 80--90% unemployment in our freelance sector at the moment? Right now there is not ONE major movie in Production in our City...... not one. Many of us worked extremely hard to give this province the title of Hollywood North..... that no longer applies...it is false and misleading.
I am an Award Winning Assistant Director/Producer of some 32 years.
This is shameful.....Christy why would you kill a once flourishing industry that brought billions to this province..? It's not important enought to you to consider Film, gaming etc in your action plan? I don't get it???
As the exchange rate between Canada and the US is now on par, there must be added incentive for these productions to use Canada for locations. Ontario seem to have understood this, Saskatchewan did before cutting their tax credits last year. If we are not careful, Vancouver and BC will lose, as it is losing now, productions to other provinces. This impacts the jobs of people who rely on and quite frankly, built the industry here. With no added incentive, productions will be forced to go, or stay for that matter, where their dollars go further.
The film industry WAS a vibrant part of Vancouver and I cannot believe how fast it was extinguished. From the so many unemployed film workers... How could you? And why would you??? No support here...
I have worked in the film industry for 25 years. 21 of them here in BC. Actively involved in our union having spent thousands of hours to make this Province the most attractive location for productions to choose. We have all the infrastructure, studios, technicians and our fantastic locations...
We lost one critical component to maintain the success we have had... Our own government support...
Chairman BC Stunt Committee
I'm very disappointed by the recent news regarding the Film Industry being left out.. This "was" a multi-billionare dollar industry.. Shame on you
^^ this. I imagine the damage done to the economy through the loss of the film industry, is costing the government way more than the savings on the tax credits.
I think she would rather spend money on Casinos, Football fields with sunroofs and bridges with flying ice rockets
I am a long time (15+years) worker in Vancouver's film industry, supporting many independent filmmakers along the way by volunteering on their projects to help build a bigger and better industry. Now with little to no work in BC I guess many of the talented and specialized technicians, writers, directors, etc. will move to other provinces/states where there is work. In addition to the loss of a billion dollar industry BC will be losing income, property, and sales tax revenue from these people. Shame on you Cristy Clark for doing nothing but watch as the convoy leaves town. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0941021/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
I'm still trying to figure out what the point of cutting the tax credits was in the first place. It's been almost 5 years. Was the plan to bring them back at the last possible moment to make the Liberals look good? That experiment failed.
Maybe we could have the auditor general look into this.. Oh wait!!! You fired him!
I am a long time employee in the Vancouver film industry and an award winning film maker. I am appalled by the complete and utter dismissal of what has been a proud industry in this province for so many years. After 13 years in Vancouver, I have not been employed by a single International production since April of 2012 and I and many of my friends are in dire financial predicments because of the government's inability to see that the film industry here is essentially dead. Your unwillingness to do something to help the many thousand troubled workers is nothing short of disgusting.
Shame on you for devastating what we have worked so hard to build and which once drew massive revenue to this province.
Matt Granger http://imdb.com/name/nm0004557/
Cieghan T Racy
How you could possibly ignore the BC Film and TV Industry is beyond comprehension based on numbers and logic alone. Enjoy watching all the productions move to Ontario? I don't. Nor do the tens of 1000s of people who've made their livings by this industry. We've stood on the brink for years and now our own premier seems happy to help nail the coffin of a once vital and hugely profitable industry in BC. For shame.
I am a long time employee in the Vancouver film Industry... I grew up in Coquitlam and watched and then participated as it has grown from "MacGyver" and " 21 Jump Street" to "X2" and most of the Twilight films... For 30 years it was a growth industry... There has been a steady and noticeable decline in the last 3.5 years... June 2009... While already experiencing the start of an expected slowdown leading up to and through the 2010 Olympics the following Feburary came the news that both Quebec and Ontario had increased their Tax Credits for foreign Productions... Within a month, 10 shows that were previously reported to be coming to Vancouver decided to head East... And of course these events weren't helped by the HST fiasco... The imminent return of the PST in April may be too much to overcome... Is leveling the playing field too much to ask for? Really? We've been talking to the Liberals about this since the day after the predatory move by our provincial brothers and sisters... And nothing has changed... We NEED to make this change NOW... People are struggling to make rent and mortgage payments... We're not looking for a handout... We WANT to work... But if we can't attract the business, we can't get the work... Please have a heart and reconsider your stance on this issue...
This attitude toward the film industry is short sighted and insulting.
I worked in the film industry for 6 years and I am appalled that Christy Clark does not see the damages that are being done to an industry that once thrived in BC. I have never been a supporter of Premier Clark nor will I in the future, if she continues to blindly does nothing to support an industry that once employed thousands of proud British Columbian workers. Instead of the film industry in BC disappearing in BC, perhaps it is Premier Clark's involvement in provincial politics that should go by the way of the dodo... I thought she was terrible Education Minister and now see that she is an even worse Premier. As a current UBC student and former film employee, I know I myself will NOT support any reelection campaigns for Christy Clark or the Liberals. It is time for a change ... I can see that I am not alone in this belief.
Thanks Fiona Winning
for posting this. The effects of these ill thought out budget plans are very much already being felt by thousands of unemployed brothers & sisters in the film & television industry. It looks as though we are taking the gaming industry down with us on this sinking ship. This past year was particularly tough for many, who scrambled to find any employment while Ontario was bursting at the seams with no one available to staff jobs. It's not merely the crew & talent that are affected, as you mentioned an entire infrastructure is directly affected by these short sided decisions. It would appear that Christy Clark's apathy for the dire economic situation this has put all of us in has shone through. These are the things you remember when election time comes around
Ms Clark, the BC government has been incredibly supportive of the film industry here for the past two decades. This support has built our province into a billion dollar production centre. In October 2011 you spearheaded the excitement of landing the ship building contact for B.C. that is going to bring 8 billion dollars to the province for the next 10-15 years. This was great news but the film industry is already doing that (with about 4 billion more per decade and almost all of it private investment). Ontario and Quebec have recognized the appeal of this investment & it's incredible spin-offs and are currently taking thousands of jobs away from our province. Studios and Producers want to film here again but we need to match the incentives offered in other provinces. Please take a look at what is going on with this industry. If it goes, it will be incredibly difficult to get back. The film workers, lumber yard employees, hotel & restaurant workers, florists, taxi cab drivers, construction workers, supplier staff,...etc.. and their families (& thousands of votes) are depending on you. Thanks.
"Working to protect and create jobs for families in BC" is under Christy Clark's description. Please remove this tag line as she obviously does not realize the rippling effect this impacts upon not only film industry workers but also the many businesses that support our craft.
Christy Clark may not care for each individual and their financial or economic situation. However, it confounds me that she would be so blind to not see that for every production that moves to Ontario, Saskatchewan etc, not only do we lose immediate jobs but also future ones as their foothold becomes strengthened. Even if a change in government occurs now and they try and reverse the damage, it will never be the same.
May I remind Christy Clark that when California was complaining about jobs lost to British Columbia and we were a billion dollar industry, the one driving force that producers had about coming here was BC now had the infrastructure, fully trained crews and support networks. By allowing provinces (aside from Ontario) that normally don't have these advantages to now gain the experience, train crews while building their own infrastructure through the tens of millions of dollars pumped into their economy, does she seriously believe they would suddenly give this up? Only the foolish would throw it away as this current government has.
Sallie Lily H
Heart breaking that there is no support for your home grown what was thriving, film industry & its crew. How could you let all these talented dedicated people down at a time when they have desperately needed government support ? I am a youngster from the UK and always wanted to live in Vancouver as it seemed to be the place of dreams, I think I will stay in dreary old UK where we seem to have much more support ! Pull your socks up Canada now before its too late.
Where is the support for the film industry?! Thousands of people will be out of work Christy Clark. I now work in the LA industry because my husband is a producer - and I know from the inside that BC is not on the list anymore as an option because it will not stay competitive with the rest of North America. By excluding film, TV and gaming you are directly responsible for lost jobs, and lost income for entire families. What a great way to start the year! Way to go!!
All it takes is for thousands of film workers, whose job it is to help tell and sell a compelling story, to spread the word throughout the province. Your government needs to recognize the importance of our industry. Film thrives in hard times - there will always be a market - and British Columbia can benefit! Why would you let potential billions slip through your fingers at the expense of ALL British Columbians?
7 hours ago via mobile
-- /END RESTORED DELETED COMMENTS (ADDED SAT JAN 12th at 14:21PM) --
--- COMMENTS CAPTURED FRIDAY JAN 11th at APPROX 23:00PM, WHICH WERE DELETED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ---
--- /END COMMENTS CAPTURED FRIDAY JAN 11th at APPROX 23:00PM, WHICH WERE DELETED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ---
-- NEXT DAY COMMENTS SAT JAN 12th at 14:32PM) --
---COMMENTS ABOVE WERE RECENTLY DELETED BY A STAFF MEMBER OF CHRISTY CLARK'S OFFICE AT 15:55PM----