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MI Film Production seeks Animator for Independent Film

Dec-02-2009

MI Film Production is looking for an animator with experience in 3D to create a piece for an indie feature film. Deadline mid winter next year. If you are an animator with some experience, please email your samples to mifilmproductions@yahoo.com.
Students with 3 or more years experience are welcome to inquire as well.

Film credits help hotels, survey says

Nov-22-2009

Film credits help hotels, survey says
Bookings meant $5M in “08,’09
By Daniel Duggan

The hospitality industry is stressing the importance of film business to its bottom line as talks in Lansing weigh a cut in the state’s film tax credit.

Figures released to Crain’s indicate almost 50,000 hotel rooms booked in metro Detroit by the film industry in 2008 and 2009. It resulted in nearly $5 million in revenue and roughly another $5 million in food and beverage spending.

“I think the numbers we saw would have been even better without the negative conversations about film credits,” Baum said, referring to talks in the Legislature of cutting the tax incentive.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20091122/FREE/311229995/1069

“The Domino Effect” IIIIIIIIII

Nov-01-2009

“The Domino Effect” shoots London/UK , Amsterdam/Netherlands, Mumbai/India, Beijing/China, Cape Town/South Africa and Detroit/Michigan. Proudly utilizing 98% all Michigan crew for the USA segments, the film reveals the interconnectivity of cultures in the midst of economic turmoil and the strength of the human spirit triumphant in difficult times. Filming in Detroit, Novi, Farmington Hills, Northville picture will showcase real Michigan locations and people. Film is financed by Kasander Films of The Netherlands Contact: http://www.kasanderfilm.nl
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Good Morning – Call Lansing Now!

Sep-29-2009

Legislators are reviewing the Nancy Cassis’ ill advised destruction of the Michigan film industry. Please get on the phone to your representatives, the Governor’s office, your radio stations and television stations, websites, blogs and twitters and facebooks! Stop the destruction of a burgeoning, clean, job creating, brain-drain reversing, tourism attracting Film Industry in Michigan:

Senator Nancy Cassis intros Bills to kill incentive Phone: (517) 373-1758 Fax: (517) 373-0938 senncassis@senate.michigan.gov

CONTACT THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE LEGISLATION AND TELL THEM TO KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF THE FILM INCENTIVE:

Sen. Tom George, R-Kalamazoo
P.O. BOX 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: (517) 373-0793
Fax: (517) 373-5607
email: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/ima_form.asp?name=COMMENT20&form_path=e:/webforms/rep

http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/photowire.asp?District=20

Judson Gilbert, R-Algonac
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
(517) 373-7708
1-877-GILBERT1-877-445-2378
(517) 373-1450
senjgilbert@senate.michigan.gov

Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi,
Senator Nancy Cassis
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
By Phone: (517) 373-1758
By Fax: (517) 373-0938
By Email: senncassis@senate.michigan.gov

Michael Switalski, D-Roseville,
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: 517-373-7315
Fax: 517-373-3126

http://www.senate.michigan.gov/switalski/pr.php?id=454

CONTACT REP. EILLEN KOWALL and tell her not to support the Cassis legislation.

Phone: 248-858-0100 (County); 248-887-3089 (home);Fax: 248-858-1572 (County)
E-mail: kowalle@oakgov.com
Additional from the MPA:
Sen. Nancy Cassis (Chairman Senate Finance Committee)
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FAX – 517/373-0938
Office no. – 517/373-1758
HOME – 248/347-1631 and anyone who wants to call it, SHOULD DO SO!!
H – 22186 Daleview Dr., Novi, MI 48374 – Anyone with a stamp and printer can send all the snail mail they want.

Finance Committee Members

Sen. Jud Gilbert (vice chair, R – 25th Dist., Algonac)
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Office no. 517/373-7708
FAX – 517/373-1450
District no. 810/794-3631

Sen. John Pappageorge (R – 13th Dist., Troy)
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Office no. – 517/373-2523
FAX – 517/373-5669
Dist. no. – N/A

Sen. Mark Jansen (R-28th Dist., Grand Rapids)
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PH – 517/373-0797
FX – 517/373-5236
Dist. no. – N/A

Sen. Gilda Jacobs (Minority Vice Chair, D-14th Dist., Huntington Woods)
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PH – 517/373-7888
FX – 517/373-2983

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D – 23rd Dist., E. Lansing)
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PH – 517/373-1734
FX – 517/373-5397
Dist. No. – 517/333-3250

Sen. Deborah Cherry (D – 26th Dist., Burton)
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PH – 517/373-1636
FX – 517/373-1453

Additional enemies of film incentives:

Sen. Mickey Switalski, (D – 10th Dist, Roseville)
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PH – 517/373-7315
FX – 517/373-3126
Dist. No. 586/734-2430

All Senate snail mail should go to:
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Rep. Pete Lund (R – 36th Dist., Shelby Twp.)

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PH – 517/373-0843
FX – 517/373-5892

Dist. No. – 586/677-2175

House of Rep. mail should go to:
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514

Michigan Film Production Facebook

Sep-17-2009

Michigan Film Production on Facebook

Michigan Film Production on Facebook provides updated cast, crew, vendor and Michigan film news information daily. Join the group for the latest Michigan film industry stats.

Movie Budgets – Film Financing – the first step forward

Sep-10-2009

Movie budgets are the pivotal document moving a project from idea to fruition. Obtaining an accurate and proven film budget from a reputable source is the key to propelling your movie from a dream goal to a realized production. Filmbudget.com is the global leader in worldwide feature film and television budgeting and scheduling. With offices in Los Angeles, Detroit, London and throughout the world FilmBudget.com provides a standard of excellence in budgeting and scheduling. Contact us at http://www.moviebudgets.com

New York Times features Michigan Film – Dream Factories Aim to Replace Auto Sites

Sep-08-2009

By DONNA PAUL
Published: September 8, 2009
DETROIT — In the midst of a recession that has been particularly brutal in Michigan, a number of construction projects are on the verge of getting under way in a most unlikely business: the film industry.
The recent surge of interest was set in motion in April 2008, when Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm signed a 14-bill package into law, which among other things provided a 40 percent tax credit or cash rebate for studios on their business tax returns in Michigan. An additional 2 percent rebate is available for films produced in 103 communities.

There is also a 25 percent infrastructure credit, which is applied against expenditures on construction of a studio and its contents, said Janet Lockwood, director of the Michigan film office.

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Read the New York Times article

Michigan Film Industry featured in Variety

Aug-28-2009

Variety featured Michigan in a section today called “Scout and About: Michigan” demonstrating our states preeminent position in film production today thanks to the Michigan film tax incentives:
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Lockwood locks up productions – Michigan film commissioner touts incentive program
Read the Variety article
Michigan moves from cars to stars – Incentives turning state into Midwestern Hollywood
Read the Variety article
Productions Made in Michigan – a selection of some major features shot in the state recently
Read the Variety article
Michigan touts aggressive incentives – Michigan braces for a blizzard of film production
Read the Variety article

Unity Studios Groundbreaking Ceremony August 27, 2009

Aug-28-2009

$146M Unity Studios film complex breaks ground
Nathan Hurst / The Detroit News
Allen Park — Unity Studios, the film studio complex slated to bring soundstages, production facilities and a training institute to a former Visteon Corp. facility, broke ground Thursday, becoming the first of three such projects in Michigan to begin construction.

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090828/BIZ/908280348/1024/$146M-Unity-Studios-film-complex-breaks-ground

Oscar nominated European Director Dept. Head Meetings

Aug-24-2009

An Oscar nominated European Director will be in S.E. Michigan next week to meet potential Dept. Heads for the upcoming Michigan leg of an international production.

Details can be found on the Michigan Film Production Facebook Group

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