Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi are some of the busiest production hubs in the US. But Florida’s production activity has been decimated following the end of the financial incentive. Read More
Author - John Hazelton
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Features and TV series head west for the iconic backdrops and a slice of 21st century Americana. Read More
California is attracting big-budget feature shoots again, reeled in by the state’s rebooted tax credit programme.
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Netflix’s commitment to invest nearly $400m in Canadian content has encouraged individual provinces to enhance their financial incentives, which will benefit all international producers.
With a diverse geography taking in the Rocky Mountains, plains and deserts, Colorado attracts film-makers mostly because of its locations, though the state’s incentive programme is also a draw.
Massachusetts is an attractive location for bigger studio films because its payroll credit covers above and below-the-line expenses and its production credit includes out-of-state expenses, with no annual or project caps. Credits can also be cashed out with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at 90% of face value.
Though many of the film and TV productions that shoot in Montana do so because they tell local stories, others come for the sweeping Great Plains vistas that have earned the state its ‘Big Sky Country’ nickname. In the past 18 months, the state has hosted features including The Revenant, Certain Women and Buster’s Mal Heart, TV series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and commercials for Polaris, Cheetos and Ford.
New facilities are being built to keep up with demand thanks to the state’s lucrative tax credit programme that can also encompass post-production work only.