State Film & Television Tax Credit Provides Base on Which CA Can Build

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Earlier this month, two committees of the California State Assembly held a joint meeting to discuss the state’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program. Amid widespread agreement that the program merits expansion in the new legislative session, the California Film Commission presented facts about how the program now in effect has benefited the state. Enacted in 2009, California’s film incentive … Read More

The Advantages of Shooting in California

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(This is a guest post submitted by Film Works supporter Zack Mandell, a movie enthusiast and owner of www.movieroomreviews.com and writer of movie reviews.  He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium.) California is famous for several reasons.  In the last fifty years, the state has spawned two presidents.  It is … Read More

Star Waggons: A Star for the Local Economy

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If Star Waggons’ Jason Waggoner had his way, celebrities would say “I’ll be in my Star Waggon” instead of, “I’ll be in my trailer.”  Started by Jason’s father, Lyle Waggoner, in the early 1980s, Star Waggons is a local manufacturing and equipment rental powerhouse with an impressive fleet of over 800 custom-built film trailers.  That’s right, the bulk of the … Read More

“Drive” Helping Put Los Angeles Back On Screen, Local Economy Back on Feet

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Opening in theaters across the nation today is FilmDistrict’s Drive, which stars Ryan Gossling, Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks.  The film is being widely praised by critics and has an impressive 94% rating at Rotton Tomatoes. The film was shot entirely on location in Los Angeles, which is a very rare event these days. Director Nicolas Winding Refn was committed … Read More