Local 706 - The Artisan

Summer 2016

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4 PRESIDENT FROM THE PRESIDENT LOCAL LOCAL BUSINESS REPORT FROM THE SECRETARY-TREASURER LETTERS LETTERS TO THE ARTISAN EVENTS CALENDAR OF EVENTS THEATER THEATER NEWS NEWS EXTENDED FAMILY NEWS LOOKS LAST LOOKS NEWS HEALTH AND WELFARE NEWS CREW CREW SHOTS CREDITS PHOTO CREDITS HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS EDUCATION EDUCATION GUILD GUILD NEWS Now that the pendulum has swung back to California as the leader of film and television production, we suddenly have an influx of film and television artisans from east of the Mississippi who have come to California with their tools and kits in hand. I have always felt that our own Local only benefits from new, talented blood. They need to understand that our eligibility and qualification methods are different and should be honored. There are our own members who wish the door had been locked when they got in, never realizing that our membership is actually holding rather steady—almost as many are quietly retiring. The greatest increase in membership has been through Disneyland. A total of 19 California-made film projects were released theatrically in 2015 (16 live-action films and three animated films), giving the state an edge over its competitors in total project count. The 19 projects that filmed in California brought an estimated $720 million in total production spending to the state, placing the state behind the United Kingdom, which had $1.63 billion in production spending. (Concerns are now brewing about new taxes on shoots in Europe, and the ability for media companies to hire and work across the continent.) "This report highlights both the aggressiveness of our competitors for feature film projects and the effectiveness of California's Film & Television Tax Credit Program," observed FilmLA President Paul Audley. "Compared to its competitors, California is attracting big production investment with modest incentive outlays." * Some of the report's notable findings include: • The 109 films studied by FilmLA represent more than $7 billion in direct production spending. Budgets for sampled films ranged from $1 million to more than $300 million. • In terms of project count, California's top competitors were the UK (15 projects), Georgia & Louisiana (12 projects) and Canada (11 projects). New York, which had ranked second in the 2014 Feature Film Production Study with 13 projects, fell out of the top five production centers in 2015, with seven projects. • Of the California-based live-action films, 44 percent (seven out of 16 projects) were made in the state thanks to the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program. • The only films with budgets more than $100 million that were produced in California were animated projects. None of the large-budget live-action films were produced primarily in California. • For the first time on record, California did not host any of the top 25 live-action films at the worldwide box office in 2015. • Future studies should show increases for California as the state's $330 million Film & Television Tax Credit Program reaches full utilization. The 2016 report will include at least two films produced in California using the new tax credit—The Conjuring 2 and CHiPs. * Years ago, I was asked to find artisans from Local 706 who would travel to other regions to teach our trade secrets to others outside of Hollywood. There are two ways of looking at the situation; one is to decline and let productions be forced into hiring our own members because of their skills and abilities. The other was to agree (1) and receive the wrath of the membership, or (2) train novices so that when our members had to hire locally, the talent base would be more sophisticated. I chose the first option. Now, the incentivized producers are mandating that only department heads and their key artists are allowed to come from California. They want to force everyone local to be hired and are pulling them out of salons to work, talent or not. Commitment to the filmmaking process … or not. They are completely sacrificing quality of work in place of the tax incentives. Indeed, they are forcing us to train our replacements or not take the job. SuSan Cabral-EbErt President * excerpted from the FilmLA 2015 Feature Film Production Study Supervising Editor JEff angEll Contributing Writers SuSan Cabral-EbErt tommy ColE randy SayEr Publisher InglEdodd mEdIa Office Manager Kathy SaIn Mailing List Manager dIanE burnS The Artisan is published quarterly by Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists, I.A.T.S.E. Local 706, 828 No. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505 Phone (818) 295-3933. Fax 818-295-3930 All editorial and photo submissions should be sent to email address: susan@ialocal706.org Advertising: IngleDodd Media (310) 207-4410 muahs@IngleDodd.com www.IngleDoddMedia.com Officers of I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 President Susan Cabral-Ebert Vice President Julie Socash Recording Secretary Vanessa Dionne Secretary-Treasurer John E. Jackson Sergeant-at-Arms Barbara Dally Business Representative Tommy Cole Official Magazine of Hollywood Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists. Published in the Interest of ALL the Members of Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists I.A.T.S.E. Local 706

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