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Federal Tax Credits for Webseries! Raise Your Voices and Be Heard!

By Mike Valiquette

A week or two ago we posted a link to a federal government questionnaire regarding digital content development in Canada. That kind of initiative is great, and shows that someone’s listening and interested in helping to grow our creative industry. Now there’s this. CAVCO (Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office) has been taking what I like to… »

from the internets: Animal Logic Opening in Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

Score another one for Vancouver, and give the credit to a very healthy tax credit system. Nova Scotia, are y0u paying attention? According to this article in The Hollywood Reporter, Animal Logic, the studio that produced The Lego Movie, will have a shop up and running in Vancouver, BC as early as September. They expect… »

Nova Scotia Tax Credit update: NS Gov Caught Changing Deal Terms Without Consultation, Appears to Give Zero F@#ks

By Mike Valiquette

From our pal Ron Doucet: SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE. So we were told that the announcement of the Animation “deal” was made public yesterday, but that it was simply to steal the attention from the PC Filibuster. The language in that release looked okay to us. The document was posted online for all to see…. »

Ontario Budget: Tax Credits Targeted

By Mike Valiquette

Ontario’s provincial government unveiled it’s new budget yesterday. Though nowhere near the sweeping scale of the recent cuts in Nova Scotia, we’re not coming away unscathed. Here’s the relevant passage: Film and Television Tax Credits Ontario provided significant support of approximately $335 million in 2014–15 to the film and television industry through the Ontario Film and… »

Nova Scotia Tax Credit update: Deal or No Deal?

By Mike Valiquette

Word’s just getting out that a deal may have been struck between the province of Nova Scotia and the film industry. CBC has coverage, and I’m pulling quotes from Marc Almon (Chairman of Screen Nova Scotia) and Scott Simpson (VP of Screen Nova Scotia) from here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-film-tax-credit-deal-struck-between-province-industry-1.3045946 Here’s what Marc had to say as he… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Daniel Luke

By Mike Valiquette

I grew up in a small town an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Australia. I graduated from RMIT University Melbourne in 2008, and in 2012, at the age of 24, I moved to Nova Scotia in pursuit of my dream of working in the Canadian animation industry. It hurts that the proposed budget is making my… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Rosemary Travale

By Mike Valiquette

Hi! My name is Rosemary Travale and I work in Halifax, Nova Scotia currently as a Layout Artist at DHX Media. I’m originally from Stoney Creek, Ontario and I went to Sheridan College for animation, graduating in 2014. I’m only a recent transplant to Halifax, moving here with my finacee at the very start of… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: MK Harris

By Mike Valiquette

Hi – my name is MK Harris! I’m 25 years old, and I just moved to Halifax in January to be a Key Poser at Copernicus Studios, in Halifax. I graduated from Sheridan College in Oakville around this time last year, but when I got the offer to work at Copernicus, I jumped at the… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Aisling Doyle

By Mike Valiquette

I just moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia from Dublin, Ireland on 17th February 2015. I had no intention of coming to Canada as a temporary thing, a fleeting “Let’s have a lark in the Great White North and come home afterwards.” I came to Canada to build a life here and immigrate. I initially had… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Jordan Shereck

By Mike Valiquette

Hello! My name is Jordan Shereck. I’m 22 years old and I’m an animator at Copernicus Studios, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I love my job and I don’t want to lose it. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work at a studio where the people are so warm and friendly, and where I… »

Nova Scotia Film Rally: Right Now.

By Mike Valiquette

Screen Nova Scotia has organized a rally today in Halifax outside of Province House. It’s set to start at noon, and CBC is reporting that supporters are assembling now. Yesterday saw a confusing and disappointing series of events after representatives of the film industry met for two hours with Finance Minister Diane Whalen. Both sides… »

Nova Scotia Tax Credit Update: Cautious Optimism DOUBLE UPDATE: WE’RE STILL SCREWED

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE: I take it all back. Nova Scotia Finance Minister Whalen apparently was having a whole different conversation and is basically sticking to her guns. She agrees that the new system doesn’t work for the film industry, but it still works for the government. So nothing. Her mouth is moving, and words are falling out… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Brennan Bova

By Mike Valiquette

For the last 5 years I’ve worked on and off in the animation industry, culminating in about 4 years total. I’ve had the pleasure to work on a lot of awesome projects for companies like Warner Brothers and Disney and two of my childhood heroes, Chris and Martin Kratt. In that short time, I’ve managed… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Carmen Cameron

By Mike Valiquette

Hello folks, My name is Carmen Cameron, an animator here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’m from Parrsboro, and moved to Halifax when I was 18 to attend college, where I learned 2D and 3D animation. For the last three years, I have been working at Copernicus Studios as an animator, and I have never felt… »

RIP: Nova Scotia TV and Film Industry “There is no tomorrow.”

By Mike Valiquette

A reaction piece from the Chronicle Herald featuring Marc Almon, Chair of Screen Nova Scotia. And just like that, things are looking dire. I’ve been speaking to friends on the east coast, asking whether this is a death knell or something that can me managed. It’s going to be tough, and the sentiment is that… »

Nova Scotia Film Tax Credit at Risk

By Mike Valiquette

We haven’t been covering this, and that’s inexcusable. Today, Nova Scotia will be presenting it’s new provincial budget, and as is often the case, the film tax credit is being eyed as a target for belt-tightening. Yes, the credit is responsible for a spend of 24 million dollars, a savings that any government would like… »

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