Savebcfilm have asked everyone in the industry to start a dialogue by speaking about what the film industry in British Columbia means to them. The film industry in British Columbia has contributed to both my world and the world around me, immensely. At some point or another, we all need an escape and for me that was stories and movies, when I was a kid stories, in books and in film were everything to me. I read every original Grimm’s fairly tale, the Danish version of the Little Mermaid story, anything C.S. Lewis and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you name it, I’ve read it! One night while travelling on B.C. Ferries they showed the movie “The Neverending Story” on a big screen during an overnight trip, I was totally engrossed! It really helped to further my love of story telling through film making. Later I discovered it was filmed in British Columbia and I realized there may be a way, I too, could be a part of the creation, of something that might touch others in the same way. Storytelling through film has the power to change the world or maybe at the very least take our mind off the daily grind and invigorate our imaginations, to enable us to continue to dream. The possibility that I may lose the ability to take part in this frightens me to the core! Film in British Columbia benefits our economy, our culture, and helps to shape our identity. If you have a favorite film there is good chance that it was filmed in B.C. I couldn’t even begin to try to name them but here are a few that you may not already know “Alive” “Legends Of The Fall” The Last two installments of the “Twilight” saga. “The A Team” All the “XMen” “Percy Jackson And The Lightening Thief” “Fantastic 4” “The Watchmen” “The Butterfly Effect” “Night At The Museum” And television shows? Don’t even get me started! I have worked on hundreds of productions over the years and it has always been an important source of income for my family and I. All of us, in the B.C. film industry have noticed that Hollywood is no longer choosing B.C. because of several factors including; lack of support from our government in giving tax breaks equal to that of Ontario’s government. Studios sit empty, cars and lifts, and equipment goes un-rented and all of that buying power, all those environmentally friendly dollars, GONE! It is not only those who work in the film industry that suffer, the trickle down effect is enormous. So, how can we fix this? You can add SAVEBCFILM on social media, you can share your story, and meet with your MLA. I will vote for the first Politician who promises to bring back my beloved British Columbia film industry. Make your voices heard, talk about what you know and learn about what you don’t, not just for me, but for you as well. We can make this happen, let’s make it happen people!