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    Visual Effects Industry Protests the Academy Awards

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     NZimmerman caught this latest protest by those working in the visual effects industry in Hollywood, during the Oscars. This is the second year they have protested there over subsidies, which make it easier for visual effects work to be done outside the U.S. "The protesters are out to stop the offshoring (mostly to Vancouver) of L.A.’s VFX industry. Canada is offering very large subsidies, so a lot of the signs tackle that," he said. "Being very creative people seems to have helped their sign making compared to most protests, as some (Subzilla, VFX CVD Skeloton) really stand out as being works of 'Protest Art.'"
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    The visual effects industry was out in force protesting before the Academy Awards. The protest took place at the north east corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine on a rainy Sunday afternoon before the worlds most watched awards ceremony. Hollywood's post production and visual effects jobs have been leaving for Canada at an alarming rate thanks to massive subsidies from the Canadian government. This is yet another symptom of what in known as "runaway production," where productions are relocated from Los Angeles to areas with tax incentives and cheaper labor.

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