COMPASS is the principal advocacy group for restoring feature film production in Florida.
While we wait to see whether SB 526 continues its advance in the Senate and HB 1401 will be granted committee referrals and appearances in the House – hopeful that these good bills can buck the obstructionist trend of previous sessions - suddenly another legislative...read more
This past Monday, as the countdown to start-of-session entered its final hours, Senate Bill 526 successfully gained critical sponsorship in the House. Representative James Buchanan (R-74, Sarasota) filed HB 1401, the anxiously awaited companion bill to SB 526 that now...read more
All it takes is one Senate committee hearing and the Florida film community galvanizes. Suddenly there's a flurry of media attention being paid to film legislation in Florida. Hope again takes flight.Excitement is warranted to some extent - at the very least we're...read more
For the past two years, the Speaker of the Florida House has consistently blocked all efforts to put the issue of restoring Florida's decimated motion picture industry on any committee agenda in that chamber. We have as yet no indication of the new Speaker's stance...read more
It's a new landscape at the Florida Capitol. Maybe not the one we wanted. But check it: the cards dealt last November are the ones we'll be dealing with for the next two years. So in a just few days we're all back it. On the calendar, it's billed as the...read more
Highly respected conservative research institute and government watchdog Florida TaxWatch released an analysis yesterday on the state of Florida's film and television industry that certainly warrants careful reading by anyone with a genuine interest in...read more
COMPASS Chair, Chris Ranung is twenty-plus years a filmworker and president of Local 477 of the I.A.T.S.E. – the AFL-CIO affiliated labor union that represents working crew in Florida: grips, lighting technicians, paint & scenic, costumes, construction and propmakers, craft service personnel, greens, set dressers, special effects technicians, sound mixers and sound department personnel, studio teachers, animal wranglers, first aid, the marine department and much more.
Chris believes ardently that Florida’s film community – its actors, working crew, production teams, supplementary personnel, support businesses – ranks among the best in the United States. He sees COMPASS as the necessary vehicle to reinvigorate production and restore jobs, revenue, and dignity to the Florida men and women who work in motion picture production and the Florida small businesses that sustain this historically important Florida industry.