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Post-Production on Actor? Approved for Film Incentives


LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today that the post-production work on the animated documentary Actor? has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The post-production work will be done by Farmington Hills-based Digital Image Studios.

“Post-production work continues to be an important foundation for utilizing existing infrastructure and talent here in Michigan,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “As an added bonus, this documentary will feature stories and interviews with Michigan actors, among others from across the country.”

Actor? was awarded an incentive of $62,520 on $156,000 of projected in-state expenditures. The work will be done by existing employees at Digital Image Studios.

The documentary will interview actors across the country to get a glimpse of why actors do what they do and how they work to enhance their careers. Digital Image Studios will assist in illustrations and animations related to the project, as well as all the post-production work.

In 2011, 19 projects have been approved with $23,579,819 in incentives being awarded on $56,700,577 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,798 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 377 jobs.

All applications for film incentives receive a thorough review by a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) committee comprised of the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, the Senior Vice President of Policy, the Vice President of Business Development and the Director of the Michigan Film Office.

The current statute is used to guide approval decisions. Preference is given to projects that best meet the following criteria:

1. The production is financially viable.
2. Utilization of existing infrastructure (studios, post-production facilities, film labs, etc.).
3. The number and wage levels of direct jobs for Michigan residents created by a production.
4. Ability to show Michigan in a positive light and promote the state as a tourist destination.
5. Magnitude of estimated expenditures in Michigan.

The film incentive program continues to be jointly administered by the Michigan Film Office and the Department of Treasury and all projects must be approved in concurrence with the state treasurer.

Since the incentives took effect in April 2008, the Film Office and the Department of Treasury have approved a total of $384,645,633 in film incentives on $978,073,681 in total qualified expenditures by productions in Michigan. This represents 224 projects that have been approved to date, including 155 projects that have actually wrapped in the state.

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan, as well as infrastructure development and workforce training.

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