This is the full page ad that everyone contributed to, which appeared in yesterday’s paper.
It was great seeing the enthusiastic groundswell of support for this project first-hand. I really held out hope that Warner Bros. would have had a bit more heart, and not play the part of the big greedy multinational, but I suppose that was naive. The result is a bit bizarre, and amounts to a single company coming into this country and leveraging to have laws changed in a matter of days, in addition to getting more money directly from the government.
The change to the laws is about clarifying whether individual workers in the film industry are considered employees or independent contractors. Pretty much everyone at Weta and in most of the rest of film industry are independent contractors, but the rules which define that are vague enough that people have sucessfully sued over the distinction. Already being an independent contractor, I’m not sure that this will affect me much.
As for the increased tax incentives, I think the way most people see that is that the country will have a good return on that investment. Everyone’s pretty excited to have The Hobbit here, and are eager to get on with it. Myself included.