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Movie Production Plummets in Hollywood

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Richard--W, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. Richard--W

    Richard--W Banned

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    Movie Production Plummets in Hollywood

    Location filming in Los Angeles plummeted 22 percent during the first
    quarter, according to FilmLA, the private group that coordinates location
    permitting in the area. The group said that it had recorded 1,860 days of
    location shooting for movies during the quarter versus 2,386 days during the
    same quarter a year ago. In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News,
    FilmLA President Steve MacDonald blamed the sharp decline on runaway
    production. "With substantial tax credits and rebates, other states have
    been able to lure big-budget films and the jobs and tax revenues that go
    with them," MacDonald said. By contrast, California offers no such
    incentives, he noted. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist of the
    L.A. County Economic Development Corp., chastised California lawmakers for
    failing to match the economic lures of other states. "The silence out of
    Sacramento is appalling," Kyser said. "There are jobs created and tax
    revenue generated for the state. I don't know what is going on up there but
    it is definitely something that they need to take seriously."

    http://us.imdb.com/news/sb/2007-04-27/#3
     
  2. Jason Harbaugh

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    Bad for CA, but good for all the states that have created tax incentives to shoot in their respective states. Something Colorado really needs to get onboard with.
     
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    I just wish they'd do more shooting in my home state, North Carolina.
     
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    It's also nice seeing films that don't all look like the same stretch of California.
     
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    yeah, but I'll bet TV location days in CA went up by a similar factor.
     
  6. Richard--W

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    Too much television production has left the states and moved to Vancouver -- "Little Hollywood" -- and Toronto. Canadian actors and production personnel can work here and earn the same as Americans, but American actors and production personnel can't work in Canada. The inequity of the situation is glaring but unstoppable. Finance is drawn to Canada by lower costs, shelters and other incentives. Now some states like New Mexico are trying to compensate by doing what the Canadians do, but the lower costs of Canada can't be beat. As a result the number of technical production people who are out of work in L.A. is staggering. Too, financiers find the demands of the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild so oppressive that they can't cope with it financially, so they take their productions to Canada. SAG's demands for control, ever-increasing percentages and residuals is a BIG part of the problem. Not only does the producer have to pay the American actor for his work, he has to pay that actor for the rest of his lifetime. In Canada there is no such problem.
     
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    No different than any other industry that has moved American jobs out of the country. Now Hollywood knows how Joe P. American feels.
     
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    Show's avoid the union (IATSE) in Canada.
     
  9. Keith Plucker

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    They are missing a key stat in this story, overall what has happened to location filming compared to the same period the year before. If location filming has gone down 30% overall, the fact that LA's share only dropped 22% would be a good thing. Without that knowledge, this just looks like an industry group trying to prime the pump for handouts from local/state governments.

    -Keith
     
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