Help Save California Filming

From: ShootMoviesInCalifornia.com –

We here at ShootMoviesInCalifornia.com have just created a petition on a site called Change.Org, entitled: The California Senate: Vote to Extend California’s Film and TV Tax Credit Program Another 5 Years because we care deeply about this very important issue.

We are trying to collect 300,000 signatures, and we could really use your help.

To read more about what we are trying to do and to sign this petition, please click here.

It’ll  take less than a minute and will have benefits that could last all California families a lifetime!

Once you’re done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well.

Grassroots movements like these succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!

Did you know that applications more than doubled from 2010 for this years allocation of $100 Million Dollars (*see press release below) from The California Film Commission.

This is because people want to shoot here in California; sleep in their own beds and see their children and grandchildren grow up.

Who would have thought that California would have to offer tax incentives to producers in order to stay and shoot with the best crews and the best locations in its own back yard?

Well I am afraid that this is a new fact of life now with the economy the way it is.

We have the film industry in the palm of our hands here in California, lets make sure that The California Senate (who is about to vote on this extension that The California Assembly passed 72-1! last month) knows how we feel about this. If you want to make a difference, here is your chance.

We encourage you to speak up and sign this petition and get others to sign it as well as calling your State Senator.

Here is a link to find out who your California State Senator is.

Thanks,
All of us at ShootMoviesInCalifornia.com

*APPLICATIONS FOR CALIFORNIA’S FILM & TV TAX CREDIT MORE THAN DOUBLE OVER

2010

 

Hollywood, Calif. — June 6, 2011 — On Wednesday, June 1st, the California

Film Commission began accepting applications for the next $100 million round

of tax credits provided annually by the state’s Film & Television Tax Credit

Program, which was enacted in 2009 to help curb runaway production.

 

The number of applications submitted this year on the first day of the

application period more than doubled to 176, compared with 70 last year. At

the same time, the number of projects selected to receive credits before the

entire $100 million was allocated dropped to 27, from 32 last year.

 

Applications were accepted on June 1 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. At 3:30 pm,

Film Commission staff members, with assistance from a California Highway

Patrol officer, conducted a lottery to select projects at random. Each

application was given a number between 1 and 176; the credits were then

doled out in that order until all $100 million was assigned.

 

The breakdown of projects selected (based on type of production) is as

follows:

 

- Feature (Studio) — 4 projects (14.8%)

- Feature (Indie) — 10 projects (37%)

- TV Series — 10 projects (37%)

- MOW (Studio) — 0

- MOW (Indie) — 1 (3.7%)

- Relocating TV — 2 (7.40%)

 

Based on information provided by each applicant, it is estimated that these

projects will spend more than $662 million in California, including nearly

$234 million in qualified wages. They will employ an estimated 3,048 cast

members, 3,307 crew members and 49,778 extras/stand-ins (calculated in

“man-days”).

 

The California Film Commission will continue to accept applications

throughout the fiscal year for placement on the waiting list. Those on the

list will be accepted only after credits are freed up by other projects that

withdraw from the program due to scheduling delays, casting problems or

other production-related issues.

 

Prior to the current fiscal year (which began June 1), projects approved

since California’s tax credit program went into effect in 2009 have been

responsible for $2.2 billion in direct spending within the state, including

$736 million in wages paid to “below-the-line” crew members.

 

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