The incomparable Richard Taylor has called a meeting of film technicians to discuss “The Hobbit” status for New Zealand set to start Wednesday at 5 p.m. With the future destination of the two-part mega-budgeted films up in the air, Taylor and others in the New Zealand film industry are hoping to keep the Peter Jackson produced and directed project on the island nation. Many were alerted via Facebook and were urged to phone or forward the message to others.

It seems reasonable to assume this could be a reaction to an actor’s meeting that we have reported here. You can read the whole message after the break.

I am writing based on a understandable concern that we all share around the status of The Hobbit and the ramifications this will have on our future careers within New Zealand. We believe it would be very beneficial that as a community of technicians we meet urgently and discuss amongst ourselves the situation and how we may be able to retain some control over our future careers and the destiny of the New Zealand Film Industry.

If you can make it, could you please gather at Stone Street Studios A Stage in Miramar at 5pm today (Wednesday 20th October) so that you have at least understood more fully the issues and details surrounding this production, and that you have had an opportunity to share your opinion.

I appreciate that this is at very short notice but as a passionate supporter of the New Zealand film industry I feel it isimportant that we get together and share our views. Understandably, if you are unable to attend the meeting due to the short notice please email (real name protected) at xxxxx@notTheRealEmail and we will inform you of the details of the discussion from the Minutes that will be taken.

Yours respectfully,

Richard Taylor
Wellington Film Technician”

Thanks to our spy Hobbitonmayor for getting us the word quick!