Saskatchewan short film emphasises importance of filming incentive
A Saskatchewan filmmaker has made a short film to highlight the need for a location filming incentive in the Canadian province. The regional programme was abruptly cancelled earlier this year to massive uproar that reached as far as Hollywood.
Rob King’s new short Last One to Leave starts as a crime drama before segueing into a behind-the-scenes breakdown of the Saskatchewan production team that put the film together. The short was filmed in Saskatoon and is being released as part of a social media campaign.
Ell McEachern was Producer on the short and spoke to Mediacaster Magazine: “We wanted to show the personal side of the story surrounding the elimination of the Saskatchewan Film Tax Credit, and we wanted to do it in a way that showcases our art.
We wanted to show the personal side of the story surrounding the elimination of the Saskatchewan Film Tax Credit.
Ell McEachern, Producer
McEachern adds: “The Government’s decision to exit this industry affects businesses, freelancers and ultimately families and individuals who work in this industry while living in Saskatchewan.”
Cancellation of the filming incentive was cited as a money-saving exercise but in the last few weeks a new report has found that there were in fact extensive ancillary benefits. This has fuelled the campaign to have the incentive reintroduced.
(Stills images: Saskfilm)
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