Keep Calm and Save the Michigan Film Incentive!

  "The man in the suit has just bought a new car on the

            profits he's made on your dreams"-   By Traffic

This is just a short rant about the film incentives. No news here that you can't find on the web, but i'd like to post a few of my friends very good articles here...

Designed by Gina Monastiere, Uber designer and film activist

Gina has started a movement to create awareness about how important the film incentive is to all of us. For people on Facebook, change your profile pic to this amazing graphic designed by Gina by clicking on this link.

A Note from my good friend and great artist and Actor Victor Pytko.

The End. Roll Credits.."In Memory of Michigan's film industry- "Murdered at birth"

As I understand it, when the film makers set up in Michigan, they come with crew usually selected by capability, experience, availability and recommendations. While it may be true that producers have been bringing in California crew, the whole reason for the incentives was to allow time -- five years -- for Michigan to build needed infrastructure (studios, post-production facilities, etc) and to train Michigan workers (screenwriters, artists, electricians, cameramen, drivers, audio technicians, etc), and not just to give novice actors and extras occasional work.  It was to develop a Michigan capability.

Michigan Actor Mark Boyd on the Film incentives

We were doing a pretty good job of proving ourselves not only in this way, but in ancillary services such as local artists getting paid to get their work on sets (check out Reel Art, a new company that places artwork), creating new revenue for still and cinema photographers answering the need for head shots and audition reels, transportation jobs for moving people and equipment...that's real infrastructure, full and part time jobs that that would allow the fledgling Michigan film industry to stand on its own .  Yeah, it wouldn't create 10s of thousands of jobs like the old days of manufacturing cars, but so what, they would have been real jobs at NO expense to the taxpayer -- after the incentives were rolled back. And, it was costing taxpayers NADA....not really...because the incentives were a REBATE from money brought with the film makers and spent here.

Without the incentive -- NO IN COME , NO OUT GO. Sixty-percent of something is much better than zero percent of nothing. So, what's the real issue here? It is displaced anger. "If I can't get a job, why should you?"

Under Snyder, the State is going from "Re-Invention" to "Decimation."


Funnyboyd said…
Another great post, as usual, Hope. :) I should point out to Victor that technically this IS a taxpayer expense. There is nothing in the State budget to allow for a DIRECT reimbursement to the state coffers, which is the point the detractors want to make. But that's how ALL incentives work. The state spends money, and the citizens benefit. And to be critical of that expense without considering the big picture is short sighted, as my video illustrates. The money that we DO gain goes directly into the state's economy, and is exponentially greater than that which is paid out. The effect of that in more state income tax, less paid out in unemployment, fewer people filing bankruptcy or allowing their homes to go into foreclosure, is far greater than that amount paid out by the state. So while there is a direct benefit to those hired or paid by the film production, there is a huge indirect benefit to EVERYONE in the state. I'd like to add that there is no INCREASE in taxes paid by individuals living here because of the incentives. They pay the same amount for their respective incomes, regardless of how the state decides to spend their money.

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