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Midwest Milestones

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Heading out to the Midwest, you’ll find that many of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters are taking the region by storm. The third Transformers film was shot in both Illinois and Indiana, and the city of Chicago has hosted the Dark Knight franchise. At the same time, Kansas and Missouri are churning out popular independent films like Winter’s Bone, which exposed audiences to the under-photographed Ozarks. And Kansas City, lying in both Kansas and Missouri, boasts some of the region’s most unexpected and interesting film festivals. This dynamic region offers large cities and vast plains along with experienced crew, eager film offices and large state-of-the-art facilities. So it’s no surprise that the Midwest is getting more and more well-deserved attention these days.

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U.S. Incentive Update

Cast and Crew Entertainment Services, LLC reports on the changes in tax incentives that various states within the U.S. are proposing in an effort to attract more productions.

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Top Notch International Locations 2011

TopInt_Singapore_THE-FULLERTON-HOTEL_1-Fullerton-Square_SFWAs international competition intensifies to host the world’s highest-budget features, filmmakers are getting meticulous when it comes to researching the ideal place to shoot their cinematic epics. Furthermore, the ongoing financial challenges of our global economy exacerbate the underlying negotiations for the financial incentives that will best cater to filmmakers’ ambitions. With that in mind, P3 Update collects data on the most popular international filmmaking destinations for 2010.

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Sought-After Asian Locations

TopAsia_HongKong_Victoria_HarbourSelecting the top three filming destinations in Asia is always a challenge, what with China’s vastness and financial strength, Japan’s stability, Singapore’s strong financial incentives and Hong Kong’s good business taxes. South Korea and Taiwan, both with established film industries, also offer various tax breaks, while Thailand’s cheap filming costs still manage to attract numerous films each year. And with Burma’s chaos alleviating and the emerging economies of Cambodia and Malaysia in good stead, the West continues to look to Asia as a source of financial capital and readily available markets, given the ongoing financial challenges plaguing the global economy.

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Western Canadian Filming Perks

Canada_Alberta_Jasper_compAlthough an abundance of great films and television shows have been shot in Vancouver, that production hub is just the gateway to British Columbia’s breathtaking sites and many other impressive locations throughout Western Canada. The increased exposure of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories in film and TV productions is growing steadily thanks to ever-important incentives and other core attractions like great locations, crews and the exchange rate. And now state-of-the-art studios, postproduction houses, special effects facilities and other high-tech services are adding to the toolbox that’s available for producers, whether they’re shooting downtown Vancouver, the Saskatchewan prairie or ice-pressure ridges in the Northwest Territories.

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