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British Productions Booming, But Workforce Tries To Keep Up

Wednesday, December 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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From Variety:

Britain’s production sector is bursting at the seams, with movies and television shows being shot in every corner of the country. But can the infrastructure and workforce keep pace with the demand?...

“The problem is, it is quite a slow process,” says Barry Ryan of Warp Films, which is shooting “Ghost Stories” in Yorkshire. “We need people in almost every department. It will take a number of years.”

The demand for crew allows experienced freelancers to be selective. “There are more choices for crews, and they’re able to work on what they want to work on,” says Alison Small, chief executive of The Production Guild. Inevitably, freelancers gravitate toward jobs with bigger paydays, which can leave independent producers scrambling for experienced staff.

“It’s great for crews because they’re in a good position,” says Ryan. “As a grip, the difference in your job on a $100 million film and a $3 million one is very small, but the difference in what the producer is able to pay isn’t. As a producer, you still have to attract people with the same amount of passion and engagement.”…

- Read the full article at Variety.com


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