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, wardrobe, construction and propmakers, craft service personnel, greens, set dressing, 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.

 

“The playing field is no longer level and that must be fixed.  Florida’s filmworkers and small business owners deserve to be able compete with other Southeastern states for our share of the domestic market for feature film and episodic television production.  We must persuade Florida legislators, business associations, community and educational leaders, the tourism industry, and the public in general to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us and support our effort to bring motion picture production back to the Sunshine State.”

Eyes always on the prize

The 2017 Florida legislative session has shifted into super-secret high gear and is racing toward a May 5th checkered flag. It appears certain that the Governor will be shut down on most fronts, including his request for more than operational funding for Enterprise...

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We have a win!

Yesterday afternoon in Tallahassee, SB 1576 passed the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism by a 6-2 vote. We have cleared our first hurdle in the effort to create the Florida Film Investment Corporation and make this good program a reality. After prolonged...

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We’re up!

We are very excited to announce that SB 1576 is on the agenda for the Monday, April 17th meeting of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee. This coming Monday afternoon, for the first time, COMPASS-developed legislation to create a Florida motion picture investment...

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