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Film Finance and Film Tax Incentives Require a Film Budget

Mar-08-2011

In the motion picture industry film finance and film tax incentives require a film budget which is custom created by a veteran line producer.  Investors likewise insist on having a detailed, accurate and reliable film budget created for their film financing endeavors.   Reliable film budgets are also fundamental for bank loans, equity, gap financing and for foreign sales agents to review a project.

A movie budget is naturally needed also for a Completion Bond company to take on a film production for consideration and bonding, which is a necessary step for film finance as well.  By having accurate and proven numbers these companies and individuals may realistically evaluate your movie production proposal.  Whether you are in the market for an indie film budget and schedule or a major studio movie budget, FilmBudget.com has many years of experience at both.

Without numbers to back up your pitch everyone in the room is guessing at what the film budgets may be rather than having a solid knowledge.   Additionally, without film budgets in hand, those requesting funding certainly appear unprepared and lacking the knowledge and experience to surround themselves with a professional producer whom can create the movie budget and speak to its authenticity.

You may only get one shot at your investors.   Make sure it’s the best presentation of a film finance plan, film budget and schedule that it can be.  Contact Filmbudget.com for film tax incentives, credits, co-productions and detailed film budgets by a seasoned professional with decades of experience on set and in the trenches!

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A Michigan Film Industry Town Meeting

Feb-19-2011

As a devoted member of Michigan’s film industry, Mitch Albom and Kenneth Droz Consulting invite you to

A MICHIGAN FILM INDUSTRY TOWN MEETING

THOUSANDS SHOWED UP FOR THIS!!!

An organizational and informational event to most effectively communicate to Michigan’s legislators, governor and voting public why the film incentive program (among other issues), should be preserved.

WHEN: Thursday, February 24, 7:30pm
WHERE:

Rally to save the film/tv credits in michigan has NEW LOCATION:

Laurel Manor (Banquet Center) , 39000 Schoolcraft, Livonia. THURS 7:30.

Google Map:  http://tinyurl.com/townmeetingMap

Featured Speakers:
Mitch Albom, Free Press Columnist
Jeff Daniels, actor/filmmaker
Mike Binder, filmmaker and Michigan native
Vicki Barnett, Michigan State Representative
Andy Meisner, Oakland County Treasurer, and former State Rep.
Philippe Martinez, Maxsar Studios CEO
Emery King and Jim Burnstein, Chair and Vice-Chair, MFO Advisory Council
Chris Baum, Film Detroit/Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nathaniel McClure, CEO Scientifically Proven Entertainment
Mark Adler, Mich. Production Alliance
Selected working college graduates and undergraduates
Ken Droz, Consultant and former MFO Communications Mgr.
Provided will be various evidence and informational points, legislators’ names and contact info, and strategic methods on conveying the most effective message possible, for legislative officials and districts statewide.

Hosted by Mitch Albom, Kenneth Droz Consulting and Maxsar Digital Studios
Open to the press and general public.

All Facebook postings are welcome and encouraged.

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Video :  Mitch Albom Reacts to Governor\’s Budget Proposal

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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 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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Michigan Motion Picture Studios $28 Million Bond Approved

May-27-2010

Movie studio is a go for Pontiac

Louis Aguilar/Detroit News

Michigan Motion Picture Studios L.L.C. film studio got final approval for $28 million in bond financing, the last hurdle to build a major film complex at General Motors Co. Centerpoint BusinessCampus in Pontiac.

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The board of the Oakland County Economic Development Corp. gave final approval this morning of the bond.

“It’s a green light, it’s a go,” said Mary Langhauser, Oakland Co. supervisor for financial services, who attended the meeting.
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Ben Stiller to Produce “30 Seconds or Less” in Michigan

May-25-2010

[From WKZO News]

Ben Stiller will film in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS — Director, writer, and actor Ben Stiller will produce “30 Minutes or Less” which is set to start in July and is expected to last through October.  The West Michigan Film Office says this will be the biggest movie project shot in the area not just since Michigan’s tax incentives to attract movie production went into place, but the biggest ever.  Production is expected to last until October.

Producers won’t say exactly how much they will spend, only that will be at least ten-million dollars.  Producers have also booked five-thousand hotel rooms.  The movie is rumored to feature actors Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Michael Pena, and Nick Swardson.

Article:

http://www.wkzo.com/news/articles/2010/may/25/big-budget-movie-film-grand-rapids/

Film Budgets : Cannes film budgets key for investors – financiers – incentives

Apr-30-2010

Cannes Film Festival and Film Budgets

Cannes Film Festival approaches and the current update is that more than ever sales agents are asking for lower film budgets to match the expectations of the market. Europe remains wrestling with financial troubles and the film business is certainly affected. Expectations are for lower foreign sales and therefore your business plan and movie budget must be adjusted to reflect that reality.

Film Budget

The film budget is the core element of a sound business plan for film financiers, investors, banks, and foreign sales agents. Is yours ready for the Cannes film festival and market. Is it reliable and current?  These are key considerations when preparing your film and television project. Filmbudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film and television budgets and schedules. Quality movie budgets and schedules matter.

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State of the Union & Harold & Kumar 3

Apr-12-2010

Richard Gere, Annette Benning’s “State of the Union” remake for Garry Marshall is looking at a Michigan shoot. Harold and Kumar 3 has set up office space in Michigan. Details forthcoming at http://facebook.com/michiganfilmproduction

New York Film Tax Incentive $7 Billion Draw | 63,000 Jobs | Hollywood Reporter

Mar-20-2010

N.Y. film tax credit is economic driver
Lawmakers eye extending program through 2015
By Georg Szalai
March 16, 2010, 11:40 AM ET
Updated: March 16, 2010, 10:47 PM ET
NEW YORK — The Empire State’s $420 million production tax credits program, part of the state budget bill lawmakers are considering, has received a shot in the arm.

New York comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a report Tuesday that credits previous incentive programs with driving $7 billion into the state’s economy from their 2004 launch through 2008. He also credits the program with contributing to the employment of as many as 63,000 people in 2008, double-digit-percentage job creation since the start of the incentives, as much as $5 billion in wages in 2008 and boosting state and local tax coffers Read the rest of this entry »

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