Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lincoln film generates big impact for Virginia

We've heard the new movie "Lincoln" is another great work from Steven Speilberg and has produced massive financial impact on Virginia - in a GOOD way!

"...the filming of “Lincoln” in Richmond and Petersburg had direct expenditures of $32.4 million in the state and a total economic impact of $64.1 million.

They ticked off a ream of financial impacts: The film company hired 1,199 Virginia-based actors and extras and 380 crew members, required 23,580 room nights in hotels and apartments, and benefited businesses ranging from grocery stores to restaurants to even antique stores.

 The state spent years trying to attract the film production to their state, with the result a financial windfall.

Maybe other communities and states may want to re-examine the creative options and tools available to help attract filming to their communities - such as easier interaction with the local communities. is one such tool that's helping communities compete for filming in ways beyond tax incentives.

For now, let's appreciate the great work from Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell and others who have worked hard and are celebrating the success of those efforts!

Full Story below

Friday, November 9, 2012

Henry County TV producer

Henry County Article

Mother starring in, producing independent drama

 Roslyn Evans, a local multifaceted talent, is producing a TV pilot as part of her initiative to bring filming to Henry County, GA (a FLIPSFilm community). 

Let's wish her the best of luck for her pilot (break a leg, Roslyn!)

See the attached article for the full story...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Challenges of Film Permitting and Approvals

Indie Source Magazine article about The Challenges of Film Permitting and Approvals

Indie Source Magazine's October 31, 2012 magazine (best viewed on a tablet format) allowed me to reflect on the  market issues we hear about the filming/TV approval process, both from government and filmmakers.

There's lots of reasons things happen - both good and not so good - but there is a clear positive intent from everyone to try to make things better for cash starved local communities and film/TV/event producers.

Check out the article and share your stories and experiences about film approvals and permitting from local governments.  We'd love to hear your perspective, too!