I'm one of several hundred professional actors living in Oregon who tries to snag a gig in whatever production comes through town. (Why, just last Friday morning, I sold a generator to Harrison Ford and Brenden Fraser - a key scene in plot of the movie, as I had to tell Brenden his credit card was no good!)
Not many 'large' films are made here, but those that come are attracted not only by the talent pool, the crew pool and the locations, but also the wonderful Film Incentive Program that the legislature enacted a few years ago. The Film Office played a significant role in guiding the creation of that program and has a staff member in LA to liaise w/the Hollywood moguls and get them interested in coming here.
It is, therefore, alarming to learn that the incentives and possibly the Film Office Budget are on the hit list for cuts from the legislature.
FYI, the Washington State Legislature just passed an Incentive Bill of its own. So, if ours goes away, where do you think the industry will go?
The Film Industry is clean - it comes in, drops tens of thousands of dollars and leaves narry a trace of itself when it goes, except paychecks.
I also want to acknowledge the vast group of indy filmmakers who are creating on a daily basis, but my concern, as a member of Screen Actors Guild, is the possible loss of the most significant draw for the big projects that use my union brothers and sisters - the incentives and the film office.
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