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Location filming subsidies: what's the point?

Australia to give Disney $22.5 million to shoot "20000 Leagues Under the Sea" in that country.

Is a single production really worth that much?

by Anonymousreply 1104/02/2013

No. No benefit at all.

by Anonymousreply 104/02/2013

Maybe the Australian SCUBA Diving Industry Board talked the government into giving subsidies to the undersea movie.

Australia is a big diving destination, maybe they think it'll attract tourists.

by Anonymousreply 204/02/2013

It's not just that.

Any local business/industry can potentially benefit from a production shoot: bars, restaurants, hotels, caterers, etc.

This is especially true for a shoot on the other side of the world.

by Anonymousreply 304/02/2013

R3 is right. Also add in jobs for locals on movie sets.

by Anonymousreply 404/02/2013

Yes, but the multiplier effect is notoriously hard to calculate. It's very squishy math.

by Anonymousreply 504/02/2013

It is another example of corporate welfare.

by Anonymousreply 604/02/2013

Films are money laundering enterprises. They can dump milllions down a black hole and lie about where it all went.

by Anonymousreply 704/02/2013

Most states give some kind of incentives and the incentives do help bring in jobs. The question always is do the jobs bring in enough to cover the breaks they give out.

I live in New Mexico and the state started an incentive program that brought in a lot of productions like Breaking Bad. They made a lot of changes under Susana Martinez and the we stopped seeing the amount of film and TV production we did a few years ago. My next door neighbor just sold her place and is going back to LA because of the lack of work. She worked on a number of films made here.

There's been a number of articles recently about the tourism driven by Breaking Bad. People are coming to Albuquerque to see filming locations.

With just about everybody doing it, if you don't offer some kind of incentive you give film companies a reason to pass you over.

by Anonymousreply 804/02/2013

Yes they are, r7, but really, how many businesses aren't these days?

HSBC took a billion dollar fine hit for it, but it was a minor bump in their profits. Of course, they can't be jailed because no one will put their CEOs feet to the fire because it's all the same 1%.

If the films are going to be made, the locals might as well benefit from it.

by Anonymousreply 904/02/2013

"Producer's dream: Live in Brentwood, work in Canada."

by Anonymousreply 1004/02/2013

Didn't Australia also pay for Oprah's trip down there? Did that help tourism?

by Anonymousreply 1104/02/2013
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