Drawing from interviews with screen media practitioners in Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, and Budapest, among other key production hubs, this talk moves past abstract discussions of ‘runaway production’ to map the transformations mobile film and television production has engendered within the work worlds of the craft workers and crewmembers responsible for making our motion pictures. In particular, I argue that international production is not just an inevitable consequence of cost cutting and public subsidy but a product of human labor that is otherwise obscured in popular discourses about global screen production. I furthermore draw attention to the conditions of that work to underscore the shifting spatial dynamics of screen media labor and the consequences those transformations pose to the personal and professional livelihoods of film and television workers. 

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