This was a really interesting article that I only just found recently but is a little bit old now. It sums up most of my biggest fears and something that I have been noticing with the current state of the animation industry and its relationship with the government.
It seems as though the British government really has no interest in helping the animation and film industry which comes across as an incredibly large shock as it is such an incredibly large market for the British industry and such a large influence upon the world as a whole, as a personal comment.
But here is this from a more well researched perspective, and as well as having the interesting article, the comment that is posted below by Oli Hyatt from Blue Zoo animations is taken as an industry professions perspective. It seems as though people are starting to give up on expecting any help from the government and just leaving the country to get aid elsewhere. This is not just a big worry for myself as I do wish for animation companies within the UK, but it was also hinder myself as I won’t be able to get the experience, advice and even see these companies to gain a better understanding of the industry I hope to end up in. It diminishes our opportunities as possible future animators as well as something that really takes away any enthusiasm for the art.
Written by Alex Bannerman at ‘Skwigly’.
“The UK government has decided not to introduce tax breaks for the domestic animation industry despite countries such as Ireland, Germany, France and Canada benefiting from subsidies and tax grants.
The UK has brought us quintessential British shows such as Wallace & Gromit, Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine, but there are fears that its animation industry will go off the rails due to the lack of support from the regional and national government.
Animation in the country will struggle to compete with the global market while it is not on a level playing field with other countries. Britain’s world famous Aardman’s animation studios have been forced to move production work overseas to enjoy essential subsidies and prevent their talent base being attracted by lucrative opportunities abroad. More than 75% of the UK’s animation studios have either done the same or considered shifting overseas as an option.
Taking into account UK’s depressing economic position, it seems the entertainment industry is not a priority for its government at the moment. The UK games industry has also suffered from the same tax woes. But how can the UK ever hope to boost their economy if it does not show some sort of confidence in industry expansion?
There is a wealth of talented and passionate animators in the UK that will continue to soldier on despite the lack of tax breaks but with every UK-based animator that is lured overseas, a part of UK’s industry goes with them.”
Oli Hyatt form Blue Zoo
“Just a note saying you can get some facts and figures to back up your arguments here… http://www.animationuk.org, the case has been presented to the government we are asking them to help us help ourselves, so the ball is in their court. That is not to say we don’t need to keep nudging them!
All we want is to be put on a level playing field, its not rocket science, If the government started giving tax breaks to Tesco’s which meant that their food was 20%-30% cheaper we wouldn’t go and shop next door at Asda.
Its a simple as that, we are a creative, motivated and viable industry, we just need some support to thrive.”
Original Article – http://www.skwigly.co.uk/british-animation-industry/