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Motown Becomes Movietown | The Wall Street Journal

Sep-16-2010

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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.

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Raleigh Michigan Studios Breaks Ground Construction Commenced

Jul-27-2010

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film and “teaching studio” complex in a former General Motors truck and bus manufacturing facility in Pontiac should be up and running early next year, said Linden Nelson, chairman and CEO of Michigan Motion Picture Studios LLC.  At 5 p.m. today, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and others will participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking at Centerpoint Parkway, but work already has begun on the site to convert the defunct plant into Raleigh Michigan Studios.      From The Detroit News

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Michigan Film a “Double” for Paris, Russia, Switzerland, Baltimore, Washington D.C. in Detroit

Jun-30-2010

Detroit, Michigan doubles for Paris, Russia, Switzerland, Baltimore and Washington D.C. in Richard Gere, Topher Grace movie “The Double”, currently shooting in Detroit through August

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ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7″ First Network Primetime TV Series for Michigan

Jun-17-2010

ABC television networks new series “Detroit 1-8-7″ starring Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) is a major victory for the Michigan Film Incentives bringing Detroit its first network primetime tv series.

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Hugh Jackman Starts Real Steel Shoot

Jun-16-2010

Real Steel commenced shooting in Michigan with Hugh Jackman starring in robot fighter father and son tale.

In “Real Steel,” Jackman plays an out-of-work fighter who, with his estranged son, grooms a junkyard robot boxer as a contender in the new, no-humans-allowed league. The film will use motion-capture animation for the robot-on-robot brawling action, but in live-action scenes — which started shooting Monday — the human actors get to interact with 19 real-life animatronic creations. Directed by Shawn Levy from Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.

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Michigan Motion Picture Studios $28 Million Bond Approved

May-27-2010

Movie studio is a go for Pontiac

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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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Mar-05-2010


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Michigan Film : CBS News Reports the Success of Michigan Film Industry

Feb-25-2010

CBS News report extols the bold creation of the Michigan film industry, a bright light in an otherwise gloomy economic outlook – bringing hope, jobs and and the new economy of filmmaking.


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Michigan Film – Hangar 42 Film Studio Opens in West Michigan for 1,000 Jobs

Feb-04-2010

Grand Rapids, MI (Walker) welcomed the opening of Hangar 42 and 1,000 jobs in the worlds largest soundstage at 500,000 square feet.   Film stage will allow for big budget hollywood productions as announced by Governor Granholm in her State of the State speech exemplifying the job creating benefit of the Michigan Film Incentives.   Read the Full Story

Hilary Swank starrer “Betty Anne Waters” Fox Searchlight Pic – Michigan Film

Feb-03-2010

Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired domestic and some international rights to Tony Goldwyn’s feature film “Betty Anne Waters” starring Hilary Swank. Film was shot in Ann Arbor, Michigan in fall ’09. The Michigan Film Incentive continues building the Michigan Film Production Industry.   Michigan makes Movies!

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