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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.

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

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 Stages Update – Major Film Studios Announced in Detroit and Pontiac

Feb-16-2009

Much awaited Michigan stage and studio facilities have been announced as approved for funding & Michigan film tax incentives which will bring more Michigan films and more jobs.  Raleigh Michigan Studios, (formerly called Motown Motion Picture Studios) in Pontiac & Detroit Center Studios in Downtown Detroit were announced in the Governor’s State of the State speech. Both Michigan and Detroit stages and studios will enable around the year production and are a major infrastructure support development for the Michigan Film industry enabling additional Michigan film production opportunities. With 71 films approved since last April for film incentive this year will be a landmark year in Michigan film production. From script to screen MFP is your source to film Michigan.

MICHIGAN STAGES & STUDIOS UPDATE on Michigan Film Production home page – click for update