[tig] "runaway" personnel
Mon Aug 2 18:05:01 BST 2004
Just to add to the runaway production debate and stir the pot.. David
has an excellent point. For studios to run away to a place like New
Zealand, Australia or Canada, the quality of work there has to a *at
least as good* as that available in Hollywood, then the financial
incentives have to be in place on top of this.
IMHO, the problem is that we may have priced ourselves clear out of
the market here in California. Look at house prices and salaries here
compared to many other places in the world, apart from maybe London.
There is also a certain hubris, I believe, that other people cannot
possibly do what we do here.
I'm using the world "here" in its loosest sense, since in exactly 2
weeks' time, I'm moving to Auckland in all honesty to participate in
exactly that runaway production scene. I have two thoughts for you:
America's prosperity is a result of free unfettered competition, ask
any econ 101 student. There were a triad of anti-trust laws passed
here that we never duplicated anywhere else in the world. This is how
the country became an economic powerhouse. We are now seeing this
competition happening on a global scale. Get used to it.
There are places in the world that do not have 4-hour delays on the
405 freeway, or dont require enormous police presence to allow
shooting. These are simply competitive advantages for the other
places I mentioned. Is California's star on the descendant? Hardly!
But there is significant competition and it can only ultimately
strengthen the industry, as it did the US economy.
At 1:02 PM +1200 8/1/04, david gibson wrote:
>I think to suggest that financial gain is the only incentive behind
>"runaway production" is being
>far to simplistic, it certainly serves to ask yourself, whats so
>wrong that makes these
>productions "runaway", and what is so special about where they are
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