Thanks to the efforts of many policymakers, Michigan is becoming a more attractive place for filmmakers to consider when searching for a location to shoot motion pictures and commercials.
The competition with other states is fierce, and Michigan has taken an important step to remain a player. Considering the serious challenges facing our uncertain economy, we couldnt afford to neglect any job providers.
In the past 15 years, the film industry has brought up to $20 million into the state in a year, but that figure dropped to around $2 million in 2006, the lowest in more than a decade.
Michigan was losing ground and something needed to be done. Thats why I strongly supported the Michigan Film Incentive. The new law gives money back to any film production company from Michigan or elsewhere that spends between $200,000 and $10 million in Michigan. Some companies will receive up to a 20 percent refund.