Michigan film incentive

Michigan film incentive

Michigan’s film incentive program is the No.1 film incentive program in the USA, which offers up to a 42 percent cash rebate above and below the line.[vague] The incentive has been instrumental in several major industry developments in the state recently.[when?] To date,[when?] three studios have announced plans to break ground in the area. They include Raleigh Michigan Studios (formerly Motown Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac); Detroit Center Studios/Wonderstruck (in Detroit); and Unity Studios (Allen Park).[1][2][3][4]

Organizations involved in furthering the film industry in the state include the Michigan Film Office in the capital city of Lansing and Film Detroit, a division of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, a not-for-profit which solicits film and television productions for the Detroit metropolitan area, including all of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Film Detroit provides free location scouting, assistance securing production office space and hotel accommodations for cast and crew, and 24/7 assistance with VIP requests, last minute requirements, and any other issues that may arise during a production.

Nearly 70 movies have been shot or scheduled for filming in Michigan since April 2008, when the state passed its tax breaks.[5] Recent[when?] films shot in the state include Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino. The film was originally supposed to take place in Minneapolis, but after Eastwood and the crew learned of Michigan's tax incentive, he decided to shoot the film in the Detroit area. Other films and TV shows recently[when?] filmed in the state include the drama Betty Ann Waters, starring Hillary Swank and Sam Rockwell[5]; The Irishman, starring Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken[6]; HBO's series "Hung", which debuted June 28 and was filmed and is set in Detroit[7]; and the Discovery Channel's "Motor City Motors" (formerly "Monster Garage").[8]


  1. ^ Berman, Laura – (6/9/2009). Film role planned for GM facility. The Detroit News. Retrieved on June 25, 2009.
  2. ^ Yakey, Randal – (6/25/2009). Motown Motion Pictures changing name of studio. The Oakland Press. Retrieved on June 26, 2009.
  3. ^ Shea, Bill – (4/14/2009). Allen Park film, TV studio gets $2.8 million state tax credit. Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved on June 26, 2009.
  4. ^ Shea, Bill – (2/3/2009). $86 million film studio planned for former MGM Grand Casino. Crain’s Detroit Business. Retrieved on June 26, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Sullivan, Amy – (4/30/2009). Postcard from Detroit. TIME. Retrieved on June 29, 2009.
  6. ^ Watson, Ursula – (6/18/2009). River Rouge docks provide the rust and grime for a film about the Irish mob. Detroit News. Retrieved on June 29, 2009.
  7. ^ Hinds, Julie – (6/19/2009). High-profile film projects continue in Michigan. Detroit Free Press. Retrieved on June 29, 2009.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie – (6/1/2009). ‘Monster Garage' set to return. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on June 29, 2009.

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