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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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Hottest Island Locations

islands_i_fiji_sfwAn adventure in paradise” is how most cast and crew members describe the experience of filming on exotic island locations. While the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, versatile islands of Hawaii or tropical locations in the South Pacific may create a priceless picture, today’s filmmakers need more monetary incentives. P3 Update takes a look at its first group of islands that are grabbing the attention of filmmakers worldwide through a variety of incentives.

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Utah Governor Signs Tax Credit Legislation for Film Industry

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Utah’s Legislature approved a nationally competitive increase in the tax incentive for film makers that will boost the motion picture tax incentive from 20 to up to 25 percent of the dollars left in the state in the form of a fully refundable post performance tax credit or cash rebate. Governor Gary R. Herbert signed House Bill 99, Motion Picture Incentives Amendments, into law. The Legislature approved an ongoing tax credit fund of $6.8 million for the Motion Picture Incentive Fund (MPIF).

“Our vision for the State of Utah is to be recognized as a premiere global business destination,” said Governor Herbert. “The expanded motion picture incentive will enable us to position Utah and its talented motion picture and digital media work force to compete on a global basis for the film and digital media industries. These are important industries to our economy’s future.”

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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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