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Happy New Year from Michigan Film Production

Dec-31-2010

Wishing all in Michigan and throughout the World a very Happy New Year and a 2011 with continued success for the Michigan film industry!  Congratulations to all the success stories and we shall continue to fight for many more to come!  With the numerous A list films and the pending opening of Raleigh Michigan Studios we continue to deliver quality for the motion picture industry here in Detroit and throughout Michigan!     Michigan Film Production | The Michigan Film Source | The First Name in Michigan Film

Raleigh Michigan Studios | Soundstages

Dec-18-2010

Raleigh Michigan Studios press and invited guests tour signaled the arrival of the greatly anticipated results of the Michigan film incentive program infrastructure development efforts.   With the revealing of the massive soundstages under construction and interviews with the participants and community leaders Michigan and the world was able to see firsthand a critical element required for a sustainable and year round motion picture and television production industry in the state.

CEO Linden Nelson described the nine stages under construction at the site encompassing the 630,000 square foot location.   Additional buildings will house production spaces, commercial tenants, film production crews  and the company’s base of operations which will relocate from Birmingham.   Raleigh Michigan Studios stages will provide up to 30,000 square feet of studio space and can open doors to combine stages yielding up to 90,000 square feet of film production studio space with 45′ heights to the lighting grid and accompanying catwalks.  These are staggering sizes capable of handling the largest and most extensive filmmaking requirements any Hollywood movie production could require.

Taking shape at the former General Motors factory in Pontiac, Michigan Raleigh Michigan Studios is a glowing example of people power, renewal and creative drive encompassing the hard work ethic of the Michigan communities and film production crews.

2011 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the Michigan film production industry thanks to the Michigan film tax incentive program.

Raleigh Michigan Studios

Linden Nelson, CEO of Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac, said the site will house nine sound stages for movie and TV productions.   (WILLIAM ARCHIE/Detroit Free Press)

Raleigh Michigan Studios

Dec-15-2010

Raleigh Michigan Studios complex in Pontiac Michigan to commence movie productions this spring in 630,000 square foot project.   The $80 million movie studio will anchor and launch the Michigan film industry as a homegrown and sustainable production center.   CEO Linden Nelson stated nine sound stages will be created for film and television production employing up to 3,600 film crew members and support staff.  Journalists and guests were given a tour of the former GM transformed site.  Read the Free Press article.

Worldwide states, countries and jurisdictions everywhere are increasing their film tax incentives, credits and rebate programs aimed at luring film production companies to their areas.  They all realize that film production has an economic activity multiplier effect and actively work to draw film producers and directors to make their movies in their towns, villages, cities, provinces and states.    Governments understand the financial boost to their tourism efforts, greatly needed inward economic expenditure and the increased local creative energy and opportunities delivered to those creating intellectual property – for America a major U.S. export commodity.  Support the Michigan Film Incentive Program.  Contact your representatives.

 

George Clooney to bring “The Ides of March” to Michigan

Oct-28-2010

Filmmaker / movie star George Clooney is reportedly bringing the Exclusive Films and Appian Way production of “The Ides of March” to shoot in Michigan in February.   As reported in The Detroit News, The Free Press and Deadline Hollywood, Clooney is set to star and direct the adaptation of Beau Willimon’s off-Broadway production of “Farragut North”.  Also starring in the film are Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei.    The film is financed by Exclusive Films & Cross Creek Pictures in a partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions.  (More on facebook.com/moviebudget)

Update:  ”The Ides of March” has now been approved for the Michigan Film Tax Incentive Program.  It is anticipated the movie will now shoot in Detroit and parts of Ohio.

Read The Detroit News article

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Michigan Red Camera, 35MM / Director of Photography / 1st A.C. & Camera Vendor

Oct-05-2010

Stopped Motion based in Michigan is a premiere provider of Red Camera System ® technology for film, television and video production in Michigan and worldwide. Founder and veteran Director of Photography Henry Joy provides expert equipment, service and results for projects of any scale. With an impressive array of equipment of high quality, camera truck, reliability and an excellent support crew as well, Stopped Motion is a one stop shop for professional camera department provision. Likewise, Henry is just a Joy to work with.

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Utilizing the Michigan film tax incentive provides 40-42% back on all services and labor provided by Stopped Motion camera as an in state crew member and vendor. Contact Henry for a quote, you’ll be glad you did! Michigan Film Production proudly recommends Henry Joy and Stopped Motion.com.

Michigan On Film

Oct-01-2010

Michigan On Film radio program to premiere Oct. 1 on WDET 101.9FM and will be hosted by Emery C. King and Jim Burnstein, chairman and vice-chairman of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council (MFOAC), and will serve as a forum for individuals, businesses and organizations involved the state’s film industry. Lisa Dancsok, former vice president of marketing and communications for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), will co-host the program through the end of this year.

See the complete program announcement at WDET

UPDATE: Listen to the First Episode featuring Gov. Granholm

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Motown Becomes Movietown | The Wall Street Journal

Sep-16-2010

Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal article, read the full story here

Across the street from a landscape of vacant houses and overgrown front yards, homicide detectives gather to investigate a murder. They analyze clues and debate how best to interrogate the key witnesses. Then, the director yells “Cut!” and everyone heads to a catered lunch of shrimp scampi and beef tenderloin.

photo illustration by Mick Coulas; Brian Widdis for The Wall Street Journal

The set of the gritty cop show “Detroit 1-8-7″ is one of more than 100 film and television productions that have flocked to Michigan in the last two years, the result of generous tax rebates. Producers have spent nearly $350 million in the state so far, a figure expected to reach $650 million by year’s end, up from $2 million in 2007, according to the Michigan Film Office. About 80% of these shoots take place in and around this iconic but much-maligned city, sprinkling a little stardust, optimism and controversy along the way.

Workers who used to build cars are learning to build sets. The entertainment sector is “a lifeboat as the auto industry adapts and restructures,” says Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano.

Signs of activity are everywhere. Hip-looking film-school grads on bicycles run errands in an empty warehouse that once served as a Chrysler distribution center and is now a cavernous 166,000-square-foot production studio for “Detroit 1-8-7.” Sets for the show, premiering on ABC Sept. 21, include a city morgue and a homicide unit with cluttered police desks and corkboards covered with mug shots.

The dilapidated Michigan Central Station, once a transportation hub, with marbled floors and Corinthian columns, has served as a symbol of urban ruination for years. It’s now a key location for productions including “Transformers 3″ and HBO’s “Hung.” On Tuesday “Hostel: Part III” and “Vamps,” a horror-comedy with Sigourney Weaver, both shot in the city’s neo-Gothic Masonic Temple. When “Harold and Kumar 3″ finished a scene this summer that required turning a downtown street into New York City at Christmas, set designers left the fake subway entrance intact, knowing another production would soon need it.

Read the entire story in the  Wall Street Journal Article

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Film Office Director: Industry ‘booming’ in Michigan

Sep-16-2010

Michigan Film Office Director Carrie Jones believes it’s an “incredibly exciting time for Michigan.” Jones took over the position earlier this summer and hopes to “carry on the trajectory” her predecessor, Janet Lockwood, set for Michigan’s film industry.

MFO Director Carrie Jones

In 2007, when the state had what Jones calls a “baby incentive,” three films shot in Michigan, spending $2 million. The current incentives passed in April 2008, and that year 35 film productions spent $135 million. Productions spent $223 million in 2009, and the film office estimates productions this year will spend more than $300 million, Jones said.

Read the entire MLive – Business Review West article

Thousands of jobs are being created by the Michigan Film Incentives with 4,000 crew and 4,000 acting jobs for ’09 alone.
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Transformers 3 | Michigan Film

Sep-01-2010

Transformers 3 begins filming in Michigan now that its Chicago segment is completed. The movie commenced principal photography in Los Angeles in June and stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Hugo Weaving (“Lords of The Rings”, “The Matrix”). Director Michael Bay and Producer Steven Spielberg bring their big film budget trilogy to the streets of Detroit revisiting the locations of their successful previous shooting in this town on the original Transformers. Film also stars John Turturro, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson and will be released in 3-D.  Clearly an acknowledgement of the growing film industry in Michigan thanks to the Michigan Film Incentives of 40-42% offered by the state.  - Michigan Film Production

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Michigan Film Production – The Michigan Film Source

Aug-31-2010

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Producers of major Hollywood studio and independent film and television provide producers, production liason and film production services to Hollywood and worldwide productions coming to shoot in Michigan and utilize the 40-42% Michigan film tax incentive and is the film and television source for Michigan.

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