Production incentives: New program offers tiered transferable tax credit — 10% with $250,000 minimum, 15% if spend reaches $1 million and 20% on productions over $3 million — plus transaction privilege tax exemption.
Recent pics: “Transamerica,” “Ash Wednesday” and “Forget About It”
Key facilities:
C.J.S. Film Studios
Privately owned film studio offers 20 acres of filming space with large back lot, five soundstages, cycloramas, prop and wardrobe departments, livestock and wagons.
Loft 19 Studios
New Phoenix facility has 7,000-sq.-ft. studio, equipment rental department, cyclorama and office space.
Film commissions/promo boards:
Arizona Film Commission
Director: Harry Tate

Production incentives: Though California currently offers only minimal incentives (namely, fee-free access to state properties and standard sales tax exemptions), Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently proposed $75 million in annual tax credits as part of the state budget.
Recent pics: “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “MI:3,” “Running With Scissors” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
Key facilities: Caltrans District 7 Headquarters
Located in downtown Los Angeles, the new, $190 million, 750,000-sq.-ft. facility occupies an entire city block and has played host to such recent pics as “Fun With Dick and Jane,” “The Island” and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
Film commissions/promo boards:
California Film Commission
Director: Amy Lemisch

Production incentives: Sales tax exemption, 15% nontransferable expenditure reimbursement or $2 million, whichever is less ($850,000 expense minimum).
Recent pics: “Transporter 2,” “Miami Vice,” “Altered” and “Lonely Hearts”
Key facilities: Universal Studios in Orlando
Florida’s largest production facility, with nine soundstages, office rentals and a 727 aircraft set for pics like “Altered.”
Greenwich Studios in Miami
Four soundstages for studio fare such as “Bad Boys II” and “Transporter 2.”
Cecil Field Naval Air Station in Jacksonville
Vacant naval base frequently used for military-themed pics like “Basic.”
Film commissions/promo boards:
Florida Film Office
Los Angeles liaison: Susan Simms

Production incentives: New package offers 9% transferable tax credit with $500,000 minimum spend (plus additional 3% credit-for shooting in underdeveloped counties), 3% wage credit for state residents (up to $500,000) and sales tax exemption.
Recent pics: “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “ATL” and “The Gospel”
Key facilities: RiverWood Studios
Semi-rural 120-acre studio 25 miles south of Atlanta offers four soundstages, screening room, editing facilities, construction mill and office space.
PC&E DeFoor Hills Complex
Full-service Atlanta facility provides two large soundstages plus lighting and grip warehouse along with equipment rental.
Film commissions/promo boards:
Georgia Film, Video and Music Office
Director: Greg Torre

Production incentives: State offers refundable tax credit up to 4%. Hawaii taxpayers who invest in companies shooting in state can claim the High Technology Business Investment Tax Credit equal to investment amount, payable over five years.
Recent pics: “The Shaggy Dog,” “You, Me and Dupree” and “Snakes on a Plane”
Key facilities:Hawaii Film Studio
Major $7.3-million renovation expected to be finished this spring will add technical and production office buildings to the lot. The 7.5-acre facility includes a 16,500-sq.-ft. soundstage.
Film commissions/promo boards:
Hawaii Film Office
Commissioner: Donne Dawson

Production incentives: Offers 25% transferable tax credit on state income tax for wages paid by a production company to each state resident (limited to first $25,000 per employee). Must spend at least $100,000 on wages to qualify.
Recent pics: “The Break-Up,” “The Lake House,” “Drunk Boat”; TV: “Prison Break”
Key facilities: Chicago Studio City
By far the most equipped production facility in the state, with five soundstages and offices; hosted shoots for most of the recent features that have taken advantage of the incentives, including “Stranger Than Fiction.”
Film commissions/promo boards:
Illinois Film Office
Managing director: Brenda Sexton

Production incentives: New post-Katrina program provides 25% investors rebate for all films that spend more than $300,000 in the state plus 10% employment credit for local hires (unless salary exceeds $1 million).
Recent pics: “Big Momma’s House 2,” “All the King’s Men,” “Deja Vu”
Key facilities: NIMS Center in New Orleans
Studio-friendly house right across the street from Panavision, with two soundstages, HD post suites and 40 production offices for films such as “Glory Road” and “Last Holiday.”
Swelltone Labs Post-production audio for indie and studio pics such as “Oceans 12,” “Traffic,” “Keane,” “Undertow” and “Bubble.”
Contact: Larry Blake at (504) 299-0082
Louisiana Cinema City Studios
Full-service 150-acre movie complex planned outside Robert, 50 miles from New Orleans. Would offer eight film and four broadcast stages, plus hotel and amenities to accommodate filmmakers.
Film commissions/promo boards:
Louisiana Governor’s Office of Film and Television Development
Managing director: Alex Schott

Production incentives: Recently enacted legislation offers 50% wage rebate with $500,000 minimum spend, capped at $12,500 per individual and $2 million per project. No sales or hotel tax.
Recent pics: “Wedding Crashers,” “Syriana” and “The Visiting”
Film commissions/promo boards:
Maryland Film Office
Director: Jack Gerbes

Production incentives: New bill provides 20% transferable employment credit on production’s total state payroll (for salaries below $1 million) and 25% tax credit for all production expenses in state (with minimum spend of $250,000). Sales tax exemption also applies with equipment purchases.
Recent pics: “The Departed” and “Stiffs”
Key facilities:
South Weymouth Naval Air Station
Located 12 miles from Boston, facility includes 80,000-sq.-ft. hangar, offices and warehouse space as well as wetlands and runway surrounded by pines.
Charles River Studios
Facility situated on 14 wooded acres next to a lake in Canton offers three stages, each featuring a two-wall cyclorama.
Film commissions/promo boards:
Massachusetts Film Bureau
Exec director: Robin Dawson

Production incentives: Proposed Michigan Motion Picture Incentive Act would offer 6% sales tax exemption on all production expenses, fee-free use of state properties and 3.3% tax credit on all in-state production costs (with $250,000 minimum spend).
Recent pics: “Crossover” and “The Island”
Film commissions/promo boards:
Michigan Film Office
Director: Janet Lockwood

Production incentives: State offers 10% tax rebate on production expenses, 10% tax credit on resident payroll, sales tax reduction (to 1.5%) on equipment and exemption on most expendable items, all with no minimum spend or cap. Note: Parts of Mississippi were hit by Hurricane Katrina. Contact film office for information about filming along the coast.
Recent pics: “Walk the Line” and “Tishomongo Blues”
Key facilities: Mississippi State Film Complex
Set to break ground on new training center and soundstage on 25 acres in Canton. Phase I will include two soundstages, office space and mill shop.
Film commissions/promo boards:
Mississippi Film Office
Manager: Ward Emling

Production incentives: Offers 50% tax credit up to $1 million with $300,000 minimum in-state spend. The program is capped at $1.5 million for the year.
Recent pics: “Killshot” and “Saving Shilo”
Film commissions/promo boards:
Missouri Film Commission
Director: Jerry Jones

New Jersey
Production incentives: Proposed 20% tax credit passed Senate and is pending approval by Assembly before governor signs into law. Current incentives include 6% sales tax exemption and loan guarantees up to $1.5 million for films that spend at least 50% costs and 70% shooting days in-state.
Recent pics: “Fur,” “Find Me Guilty” and “The Night Listener”
Key facilities: The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor
This 430-acre former Military Ocean Terminal was redeveloped for civilian use, including two warehouses converted into sound-stages and a cruise ship terminal. “War of the Worlds” recently lensed there.
Film commissions/promo boards:
New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission
Exec director: Joseph Friedman

New Mexico
Production incentives: No-cap 20% transferable tax rebate (no state incorporation required), interest-free loans up to $15 million per project, fee-free state properties.
Recent pics: “Astronaut Farmer” and “North Country”
Key facilities: Garson Studios
Santa Fe production house with two soundstages, production offices and technical services.
Studio 41
Albuquerque soundstage that also has production offices, makeup rooms and on-site equipment rentals.
Albuquerque PBS affiliate that doubles as a full-service video post facility.
Contact: Franz Joachim at (505) 277-0492
Film commissions/promo boards:
New Mexico Film Office
Director: Lisa Strout

New York
Production incentives: State offers 10% fully refundable tax rebate, plus another 5% from city, on all production costs incurred within New York City (including pre- and post-production). To qualify, production must spend 75% of its stage costs at one of nine city-approved facilities and 75% of its locations schedule in the city (locations requirement waived if stage spend exceeds $3 million).
Recent pics: “The Good Shepherd,” “Inside Man” and “The Devil Wears Prada”
Key facilities: Silvercup Studios
New York City’s largest production facility with 17 shooting spaces, including five 16,000 sq.-ft. stages.
Steiner Studios
Recently opened facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard has five soundstages, office space and more.
Kaufman Astoria Studios
Six stages, sound-isolated carpentry shops and a 97-seat screening room.
Broadway Stages
Nine soundstages in Queens and Brooklyn with full lighting and grip, location trucks and office space.
Film commissions/promo boards:
New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development
Exec director: Pat Swinney Kaufman
Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting
Commissioner: Katherine Oliver

North Carolina
Production incentives: Ranked third in production behind California and New York, North Carolina recently enacted 15% tax credit on all in-state production spending with $250,000 minimum. Sales and use tax reduced to 1%.
Recent pics: “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Junebug” and “Home of the Giants”
Key facilities: EUE/Screen Gem Studios
Wilmington-based studio is largest full-service facility east of California with nine soundstages and office space.
Trailblazer Studios
A collaboration of various boutique studios, this two-stage Raleigh facility unites start-to-finish specialists in directing, f/x and sound.
Film commissions/promo boards:
North Carolina Film Office
Director: Bill Arnold

Production incentives: Program offers rebates up to 15% (depending on percentage of local crew used) with $1.25 million in-state spend, as well as 10%-25% credit for construction of new film or music facilities.
Recent pics: “Elizabethtown”
Film commissions/promo boards:
Oklahoma Film & Music Office
Director: Jill Simpson

Production incentives: Offers 10% rebate on production expenses with minimum in-state spend of $1 million (for max rebate of $250,000 per feature) and 6.2% rebate on Oregon wages. No sales or lodging taxes, fee-free state parks.
Recent pics: “Conversations With God” and Hallmark TV project “The Valley of Light”
Key facilities: The Chambers Media Center
Eugene-based facility includes five soundstages, digital post facilities, four digital studio cameras and rentable office space.
Film commissions/promo boards:
Oregon Film & Video Office
Manager: Susan K. Haley

Production incentives: Productions that spend at least 60% of expenses in state are eligible for 20% transferable tax credit. Also offers police assistance, sales and hotel tax exemption, and free use of state-owned property.
Recent pics: “Lady in the Water,” “Rocky Balboa” and “Invincible”
Key facilities: Soundstage at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
City-owned, fee-free soundstage hosted Disney’s “Annapolis.”
Shooters Post and Transfer
Philadelphia-based post and film transfer house used by “Shadowboxer.”
Film commissions/promo boards:
Pennsylvania Film Office
Director: Jane Shecter

South Carolina
Production incentives: Recently amended incentive act waives sales, use and hotel taxes with $250,000 minimum spend. Produc-tions over $1 million enjoy additional 15% employee wage rebates (for salaries below $1 million) and 15% rebate on select goods and services.
Recent pics: “Walker,” “Strike the Tent” and “The Notebook”
Key facilities: Genesis Creative Media
Columbia-based production and marketing firm recently broke ground on state’s largest private film studio, with four stages, administrative/post building and set-construction workshop.
Crown Intl. Studio
Recently renovated studio outside of Charlotte includes 11,700-sq.-ft. studio with audience seating for more than 900. Still to come: conference hall/studio, learning center and outdoor amphitheater.
Film commissions/promo boards:
South Carolina Film Commission
Commissioner: Jeff Monks

Production incentives: After depleting existing $1 million film fund (which offered 10% post-performance rebate), state’s incen-tive bill returns to legislature for renewal this year. No sales or hotel tax.
Recent pics: “The World’s Fastest Indian,” “Blind Guy Driving” and “The Outlaw Trail”
Key facilities: Stone 5 Studios
Facility of 42,000 sq. ft. being built on three acres in Provo, 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City, should be ready in April. Will feature two soundstages, recording studio and video editing suites.
Film commissions/promo boards:
Utah Film Commission
Director: Aaron Syrett

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