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Top 10 American Film Locations (2009)

Thanks to lucrative tax incentives springing up across the United States and its territories, filmmakers have more budget-friendly location options than ever. But, while tax breaks play a huge role in determining where to film, there are many other factors that cannot be ignored. This annual report is an evaluation of locations offering a combination of the best tax incentives, crew base, infrastructure and other unique resources...

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Behind the Scenes on Top TV Shows

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Capturing a federal agent, lighting a serial killer and documenting a notorious Hollywood power-player are all daily work routines for some primetime professionals. Compacting several days of footage into a half-hour or hour show is a strenuous job that requires the ability to refrain from equipment-smashing if the broadcast doesn’t do your work much justice...

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Straight Through the Heart of the Midwest

The Midwest’s Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois are components of the great American heartland. This region provides backdrops ranging from prairies to skyscrapers, and it has plenty of incentives so it won’t break your heart (or wallet)...

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The North Central Region

Sunset at the Pierhead Lighthouse in Manistee, Mich. Photo courtesy of Michigan Film Office The North Central Region of the U.S. is packed with great perks for productions. Filmmakers can cash in on the unique resources of five states –– Michigan, South Dakota, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin –– and enjoy such benefits as Michigan’s ambitious 40- to 42-percent tax incentive and South Dakota’s spectacular landscape...

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AFCI Locations Trade Show 2009 Preview

This year’s Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Locations Trade Show (LTS) will once again be held in sunny Santa Monica, Calif., where...

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