In recent months I have received many comments from crew members of various departments working in the Irish film Industry, and how their roles and working conditions have been decimated in recent years. They would include crew members as assistant directors, locations, production office, hair and make up, art department and construction.
Most of those who have been in contact do not wish their names to be revealed (which I respect), as they believe some producers would freeze them out of work for speaking their mind on the realities of working in Irish film.
Yesterday I was contacted by Des Whelan and wanted his comments to be openly shared. Des has many years of experience and respected camera operator within the industry, in more recent years work has taken him abroad for most of that time and his most recent credits include ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, and in Ireland on ‘The Tudors‘. Please read the observations made below by Des, and would welcome other who wish to do likewise.
“Hi Tom, been reading your observations on the Film Industry in Ireland and I couldn’t agree more.
I haven’t done much work in Ireland in recent years, but have witnessed the greedy race to the bottom. I watch with despair the demise of an industry that I have given almost 40 years of my life too. I don’t know to what end, the seemingly continuous articles in the Newspapers and other Media, about how “great” the Film Industry is doing. When clearly, when observed, by anyone who bothers to look, that it’s crashing!
Some Producers, along with some Unions don’t seem to have the same desires, ambitions and duty of care for the Industry. The Film Industry, worldwide, had changed, for ever. Producers in Ireland, with exceptions, have shown little or no ambition or ability to attract Hollywood Productions to Ireland, TV or Film. Seemingly content to have their noses in the Tax trough that is Section 481 or funding from the Film Board. A closed circle, enjoying the flow of tax payers money. No investment in infrastructure or talent has been developed or encouraged in the last 20 years. We desperately need joined up thinking by those who WANT a Film Industry, and all that, that implies.
Currently, it appears, there is only short term interests being served, by a hi-jacked tax fueled Government incentive. Few people seem prepared to rock that boat!!”
Thanks Des for sharing your comments.
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