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#1 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:54 PM

The UK Government is considering creating tax breaks for 'prestige' TV shows like 'Downtown Abbey', in an attempt to stop runaway production.

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I wonder if the savings will translate into better rates for the crews that make the shows.

No, of course they won't.
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:50 PM

So what, you already have to be successful, then you get some extra free money?
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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 02:38 AM

So what, you already have to be successful, then you get some extra free money?


More that they might consider the UK when selecting the location in the first place. Being a successful production is another matter.

I'd be very surprised if the crews got any more... Producers are trying to cut costs after all.
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#4 Marcus Joseph

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 06:02 AM

So what, you already have to be successful, then you get some extra free money?

Seems to be the way everywhere with struggling industries work, a few big wigs make it and the rest get lost in the bureaucracy of it all.
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#5 Richard Boddington

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:24 AM

I wonder if the savings will translate into better rates for the crews that make the shows.


If any tax breaks are quickly gobbled up in higher labour costs, how has the producer benefited by keeping his show in the UK?

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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:04 PM

Possibly by being able to afford better people.

Actually I would be quite pleased if this happened, on the basis that if the big stuff starts using higher end crew again, maybe there'll be some more scraps left over for the rest of us.
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#7 Richard Boddington

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:34 PM

Why don't you join the "higher end crew" Phil? And forget the scraps.

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#8 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:20 PM

Because there's only four of them, and none of them is going anywhere soon.

Also, I'm not good enough.
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:28 PM

So why have they been unable to do this for the uk animation industry that has been begging them for years! Even aardmann were talking of taking stuff abroad more recently.

crazy.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:45 PM

At BVE I saw a presentation by the cinematographer of Downtown. I've never seen the series but was really interested in the idea of hearing a talk by the cinematographer of a leading tv series and what he could tell me about working with the Alexa.

What I learned from him about his craft: "Last year they used lots of smoke in the servants quarters down below, this year we weren't allowed to use smoke because of the budget..."

As to the Alexa I got to see many horrible looking shots of ungraded footage and then the same graded shots that looked a bit better. Apparently the Alexa allows you to shoot in much lower light levels than before.
Ah, so it's like the PD150 then.

I feel bad to say this because it was one of the best presentations I saw. I saw a presentation by Sony who told me that the F65 is a 3perf camera (really? so where do I find the holes?). I saw numerous other presentations where I could see other people in the audience giggling away while someone boasted proudly about work they had produced that looked like really nothing very much. Very bizzare. I was just a bit mystified by it all. The UK can be a strange place, for those visiting, I suggest you don't take any drugs as you really will lose track of whats supposed to be "real" and whats not.

I had a great time at the BVE everything was otherworldly and there were nice people giving away free chocolate. Worked for me! :)

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#11 Daniel Larry

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:02 AM

So what, you already have to be successful, then you get some extra free money?


Exactly.
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