How SP EU Members are Feeling
Shooting People members based in the EU have begun speaking up about how Brexit will effect their lives and work. Here's what a SP member from Italy had to say:
"Unfortunately, over the last weeks, I had foreseen the final results of the Brexit referendum, despite last-minute surveys gave the Remain ahead until the 23th June.
As EU citizen (I'm from Italy) I have been sensing a sort of growing discontent in part of the UK and sometimes- especially in today's competition for jobs- I've had the feeling that we might not be welcome anymore.
For London this is slightly different since in my opinion the strength of cities like London has always been its power to give good people from all over the world a chance to succeed based on their merit.
At the moment, as EU citizen I don't know yet if the new UK government will ask us to get a VISA to work and study in UK in the short run. You certainly understand that- in that case- most of the companies providing first jobs in the cinema/media are on a temporary and often unpaid basis, therefore they could hardly sponsor work-based Visas for us.
I'd also like to shoot two shorts I've written and I wonder if it's useful for me gathering cast and crew for my short film via SP and then not being allowed to shoot without expensive and long VISA permits.
Anyways as you can see, I didn't delete my membership because I am currently evaluating whether renewing for 1 more year until the new government decides and clarifies what new laws will apply to us.
Sorry for this long email, but I felt you deserve an honest answer, since your SP service remains an important resource and your professionalism is always outstanding.”
How will leaving the EU effect you and your work?