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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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Expert Advice for Scriptwriters

Writer_Michael_ArndtIn a recent panel discussion equipped with an incredible line up of writers including Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3), Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing and Friends With Money), Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass and State of Play) and moderator Robin Swicord (Memoirs of A Geisha and Little Woman), hot topics were discussed on characters, feedback and ambition.

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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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