This bothers me and I will warn Anoymous upfront that smartalec remarks on this will be deleted. This is way too important and impacts peoples’ lives. I won’t allow this kind of crap on my blog.
I don’t know what the solution is. I hope that Fatkat’s struggles are truly a reflection of the downturn and that Fowler can turn it around.
I have felt for a long time that orphaned companies like FatKat (they are the only serious player in the ‘Chi and one of a very small handful of animation studios in New Brunswick) are at a disadvantage. Yes, they are not competing for labour locally but in the long term all of the data shows that clusters of firms have a better chance of collective success than onesy and twosies here and there.
If we want to grow a cluster of animation firms there are specific steps that can be taken such as implementing a tax incentive structure like six other provinces, focusing on churning out talent from the educational system, linking into the global animation industry and attracting a mix of national and international firms as well as local entrepreneurs.
Anyway, I don’t know the answer. I have chatted with several industry players and most are bullish that the industry could be a serious economic driver for New Brunswick (they point to the growth in online and mobile gaming and the use of animation for learning and other applications) but we need to figure out what the spark is – what is the fuel that can be thrown on the smouldering fire to set it ablaze.
Or we need to forget about that sector and move on.