"It allows established crew members to build a career, with livable wages and health care coverage for their families, which is fantastic and so hard to come by in a piecemeal, job-to-job industry such as ours," Smith said. "And new crew members will come into the market as well, which supports future productions and builds a deeper market going forward."
"That number is basically just picked out of thin air," Mr. Smith says. "If someone makes $30,000 per year, there would be almost no way they would be able to keep up with housing costs spending just 28 percent. But for someone making $5 million per year, spending 28 percent of their monthly income on a mortgage would be absurd."