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Tax credit approved for film Detroit Free Press The Michigan Film Office said Monday that it has approved a $493719 film tax credit for a movie called "A Dot Com Affair," which plans to film in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. The movie tells the story of a husband and wife who quickly gain and lose a ...
Northern Michigan Attractions: Frankfort's Garden Theater Traverse That first night 220 people paid to see a newly released Indiana Jones film—a swashbuckling tale of quest fitting for the gauntlet the new owners had just run themselves. Schmitt remembers standing outside under the marquee that night, greeting people ...
A Dot Com Affair Approved for Michigan Film Incentives
LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today that the feature film A Dot Com Affair has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film is set in Benton Harbor and is expected to shoot in Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and the surrounding areas.
"This project will feature the incredible scenery and locations in southwest Michigan, while investing in our Michigan workforce and the local economy," said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. "It fits well with our overall mission to attract projects to Michigan that will help promote the state and grow our film industry."
A Dot Com Affair was awarded an incentive of $493,719 on $1,175,522 of projected in-state expenditures. The approval was made prior to the new appropriations-based structure that took effect on October 1, 2011. The project is expected to hire 91 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 9 jobs. The film tells the story of the changing fortunes of husband and wife, Bob and Janet, as they come into a fortune suddenly, and lose it all again just as quickly. Along the way, a plot of intrigue and blackmail develops.
In 2011, 21 projects have been approved with $24,572,406 in incentives being awarded on $59,063,879 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,948 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 396 jobs.
All applications for film incentives receive a thorough review by a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) committee comprised of the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, the Senior Vice President of Policy, the Vice President of Business Development and the Director of the Michigan Film Office.
Using the statute to guide approval decisions, preference is given to projects that best meet the following criteria:
1. The production is financially viable. 2. Utilization of existing infrastructure (studios, post-production facilities, film labs, etc.). 3. The number and wage levels of direct jobs for Michigan residents created by a production. 4. Ability to show Michigan in a positive light and promote the state as a tourist destination. 5. Magnitude of estimated expenditures in Michigan.
Since the incentives took effect in April 2008, the Film Office and the Department of Treasury have approved a total of $385,638,220 in film incentives on $980,436,983 in total qualified expenditures by productions in Michigan. This represents 226 projects that have been approved to date, including 157 projects that have actually wrapped in the state.
The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan's own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan, as well as infrastructure development and workforce training.
As most of you know, the transition from the current film incentive program structure to the new appropriation-based structure is arriving, with these Fiscal Year 2012 funds becoming available on October 1, 2011. However, as it stands now, it does not appear SB 569, which lays out our program parameters –how that $25 million is to be awarded – will be in place by then.
As a result, we will not be accepting incentive applications for the new FY 2012 funding until the framework for the program has been set by the Legislature.
Recognizing there are many projects currently planning to submit applications on October 1, we feel this is the best course of action for several reasons – the primary of which are ensuring certainty and consistency within the Michigan film incentive program. With everything in SB 569 subject to change at this stage in the process, we simply do not yet have answers to many of the most basic questions projects have when applying for the film incentives. We also want to ensure all projects approved under the new funding are approved using the same set of criteria regardless of when in the fiscal year they apply.
For those that currently have an application pending with the Film Office, those projects will continue to be reviewed under the current guidelines. But please note: all projects currently under review wishing to be eligible for FY 2012 funding will have to reapply when the new applications become available.
While we know the Senate definitively intends to take up SB 569, we do not yet know when the Legislature will complete its work on this proposed legislation. However, we will stay in contact throughout the process and report new information as things move forward.
The Film Office is here to answer any additional questions you may have – please do not hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.
October 18, 2011 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Radisson Kingsley Inn 39475 Woodward Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 A "Film Industry Update" will be to inform and educate the film community on what has been going on since Governor Snyder announced his changes to the film production incentive, and what the opportunities are for the future. Speakers include Randy Richardville and other key players from State Government and the film community.
Celebration of Cinematography
Master Cinematography Lighting Workshop
CineSpace 2558 West 16th Street Chicago, IL Lecture Room
CineSpace 2558 West 16th Street Chicago, IL 4th Floor Studio
Saturday October 8th, 2011 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Saturday October 8th, 2011 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Greek cinematographer, Anastas (Tas) Michos, ASC and his Polish born camera operator Lukasz Bielan (Transformers, Public Enemies, Hancock) will show select scenes from their body of work and will discuss their approach and their collaboration with each other as well as various directors, actors, and crew.
Anastas (Tas) Michos, ASC and his camera operator Lukasz Bielan will guide the class through simple and complex lighting set ups using both professional lighting fixtures as well as showing a minimalist approaching using cost effective tools. Chicago, gaffer Tony Lullo (Blackhawk Fan) will assist.
COST :$35.00 for the day, includes both sessions and lunch. RVSP Required
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