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‘Transformers 4′ Approved for Michigan Film Tax Incentives

Mar-20-2013

The Michigan Film Tax Incentive has been approved for the major movie production of ‘Transformers 4′ it was announced today by the Michigan Film Office.   According to the Detroit Free Press the film will receive up to $20 million on an anticipated film budget spend of $82 million in the State of Michigan including the City of Detroit.

 

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The fourth installment of the of the successful Hollywood film franchise from Paramount Pictures will be the third of the series to shoot in Detroit.   Previous filming of the Transformers movies have included ‘Transformers:  Dark of the Moon’ in 2011.   The original Transformer film also shot in Detroit in 2007.

‘Transformers 4′ will have a much larger film presence and production spend in the state than its predecessors which for ‘Dark of the Moon’ received $6MM on a $17MM film budget in state spend to support the growing Michigan film industry.

 

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Dreamworks ‘Need For Speed’ to Film in Michigan

Feb-20-2013

Dreamworks SKG will bring ‘Need For Speed’ video game to life as a film to be shot in Michigan in 2013.

The movie will be directed by Scott Waugh (‘Men of Valor’) and will star:

Aaron Paul (‘Breaking Bad’)

Imogen Poots

Dakota Johnson

Michael Keaton

 

The film is reported to have earned approval for a Michigan film tax credit of $1,370,852 on an in-state spend of $4,993,623.

More details to come.  Check back for full details on the Michigan Film industry for 2013.

Michigan Film Office 2010 Annual Report

Mar-02-2011

Carrie Jones, the Michigan Film Office Director, has just released the Michigan Film Office 2010 Annual Report.   The report is required by regulation and details the Michigan film tax incentive activity for the year.   Facts and figures shed light on the films and amounts spent and the film incentive approved for the growing Michigan film and entertainment industry.

The key fact for 2010:   $293 Million was spent by productions shooting in Michigan.  $115 Million in Michigan film incentives were given as a rebate on the expenditures.   A net inward spend of $178 Million.

Let us repeat this math as so many fail to grasp its simplicity:    $293 Million inward spend – $115 Million rebate on the spend = $178 Million in net inward production spending.

These are the hard facts the opponents and the destroyer of a growing and flourishing creative industry do not want you to know.   Likewise they don’t wish you to focus on the Ernst and Young Economic and Fiscal Impacts Report of the Michigan Film Credit (below) that for every $1 (one dollar) spent on the film incentives an additional $6 (six dollars) was created in economic activity.

The Michigan film tax incentive programs support film budgets of all levels from $50,000 to over $100 Million Major Studio blockbusters which employ thousands of hard working film crew.   The incentive (actually a rebate) provides incentive for inward investment for movie production, television programming, games creation, visual effects companies (VFX) and music recording.   It has launched companies in Michigan dedicated to employe, teach and grow our film crew base and technical assets, including the Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac which is resurrecting an old truck plant and creating jobs.

Contact your representative and tell them to save the film incentive program.

Film finance and film tax incentives require an accurate and proven film budget from a veteran film producer.  Filmbudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule services and global film tax credits.  Contact Filmbudget.com to move your production from script to screen.

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Read the Ernst & Young Economic and Fiscal Impact of the Michigan Film Tax Credit:

Michigan Film | Ernst & Young Financial Impact Report

Feb-21-2011

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The accountancy firm of Ernst & Young was first engaged by Visit Detroit and counterparts in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Traverse City to create a Michigan film tax incentives study.  The report has just been released and demonstrates in hard financial numbers what the proponents have been saying all along:  the Michigan film incentives work, create jobs and spur economic activity – in a large way.

Read the Ernst & Young Michigan Film Tax Incentive Financial Impact Report

Read the Summary by the Convention & Visitors Bureaus for metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Traverse City whom first commissioned the report.

Read the Detroit Free Press article analysis     Read the  Detroit News article.

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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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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.

Michigan Camera Vendor & Director of Photography

Stopped Motion.com Provides Red Camera & 35mm

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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