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Preproduction

New Perks from the Old Southwest

With a vibrant mix of golden deserts, towering peaks and vivid red landscapes, the southwestern states of Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas have attracted a solid history of moviemaking. P3 Update takes a closer look at some of the successes and enticing offerings that this region has to offer the film community, while providing some insight into the stunning vistas flaunted by some of America’s most breathtaking production hubs.

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The Rocky Mountain Highs of Production

The Rocky Mountain region stretches some 3,000 miles from Canada to the United States’ southwest and crossing Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado along the way. It’s a refreshing backdrop that offers productions unique and varied scenery that can work just as well in a Land Rover commercial as in a National Geographic documentary.

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Louisiana Film Production Outranks California

More films are currently being made in Louisiana than Los Angeles. As these productions venture out of California, many are chasing the tax incentives offered by the state of Louisiana. According to a recent Fox 8 news report, Louisiana ranks third behind New York and California in total production activity, and more movies were shot in Louisiana than in Los Angeles in 2010. It was also reported that 80 percent of Louisiana’s below-the-line crews are comprised of local workers.

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Top 10: United States of Production

As runaway production took a toll on the U.S. in the 1990s, the country fought back by introducing its own competitive incentives. By 2010, 46 U.S. states and territories had introduced individual tax credit and rebate programs and saw an estimated $60 billion in television, movie and video production revenue. Once a year, P3 Update lists 10 states in the nation that offer the most attractive combination of tax incentives, crew base, talent pool, infrastructure, accessibility, significant production revenue and overall popularity among filmmakers.

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Capturing Footage in Capital Central

It’s been a busy year for the Capital Region’s filmmaking communities. P3 Update takes a look at the triumphs of West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and all the incentives that lure them to this region while impacting the economy in 2011.

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