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The Diverse and Cinematic Midwest Region

From its varied locations and talented crews to the irrepressible enthusiasm and hospitality of its local communities, the Midwest Region is a joy for visiting film and television productions. After a year beset with challenges, the states of Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois are springing back into action. P3 Update gets the low-down on how this region is currently handling 2012.

INDIANA

Indiana’s incredible accessibility has been the state’s biggest selling point for filmmakers around the world. With a host of game parks, pristine lakes, sand dunes and cornfields, Indiana offers productions a variety of locale options and the ability to shoot in one of its picturesque cities with a farm setting just a half-hour away. Combine that with sincere Hoosier hospitality and the thrill and excitement of the Indy 500’s car-race extravaganza, and you have the makings for an enjoyable filming experience for everyone.

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U.S. Virgin Islands: A Filmmaker’s Paradise

The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) has a long history serving as a film and television location hotspot. However, after experiencing a dip in production, there’s a movement by the USVI Department of Tourism, industry crafts people and local service providers to bring production levels up to what was seen in the ’90s, making the USVI, once again, a preferred filming destination. “The industry needs to come back to the USVI,” says Steve Bornn, development manager at the USVI Film Office. “We’re still here. We still have the same crews that they’re use to. Our experience is just deeper. A luxury we offer besides our convenience [is that] our [crews] work the entire Caribbean. We’re a good hub. Producers should start here because we offer a lot of knowledge.”

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Landing on Utah: A Film Destination That’s Out of This World

When Actor Taylor Kitsch agreed to be transported to Mars in this month’s epic sci-fi John Carter, there was no doubt that the production needed to be set in Utah. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the action/adventure/fantasy film explores the lush landscapes of a Martian civilization — and Utah’s stunning vistas suited the visionary production to a tee. Since the 1920s, Utah’s varied scenery has offered a wide range of options for filmmakers, serving more than 700 feature films and TV shows as well as an impressive lineup of commercials. And 2012 marks the second consecutive year in which a Utah film received an Academy Award Best Picture nomination, first with 127 Hours and now The Tree of Life, which shot in the Great Salt Lake, Bonneville Salt Flats and Goblin Valley State Park.

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On Location in Western Canada

As one of the most popular filming destinations worldwide, Western Canada is known for its experienced crews, state-of-the-art production facilities and spectacular scenic locations. Thanks to generous tax incentives, its industry continues to stand in solid stead with Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon and Northwest Territories increasing their cinematic exposure throughout the years. P3 Update takes a closer look at what’s been happening in Western Canada in 2011–12.

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Scouting the Natural Beauty of the Southeast Atlantic Region

With its bustling cities, foliage-filled landscapes and scintillating mountain vistas, the Southeast Atlantic Region utterly spoils directors and producers by offering irresistible climes and a wealth of location choices. And when these breathtaking views merge with the region’s financial incentives and increasingly sophisticated production infrastructure, this slice of the American film industry should never be lightly dismissed. Take a closer look at how 2012 is unfolding for the flourishing states of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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