Feature film awarded Michigan film incentive

The Michigan Film Office has announced an untitled tornado feature film project has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The project, about a super tornado that sweeps through a small town, is expected to shoot in metro Detroit and at Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac.

“This is a major studio project that will be seen by a broad national audience and send a strong signal about the caliber of film projects our incentive program is able to attract,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office.  “This film will do double duty shooting on location as well as at Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac.  It will also be a good-paying project for Michigan workers.”

The projecta Warner Bros. production, was awarded an incentive of $12,105,139 on $40,730,908 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 461 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 170 jobs.

Alycia Debnam (The Occult, Dance Academy) and Arlen Escarpeta (The Client List, Final Destination 5) have been cast in lead roles for the project.

To date in 2012, two projects have been awarded a total of $12,184,463 on $41,007,189 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 495 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 171 jobs.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Film Review Committee, comprised of senior MEDC staff including the Michigan Film Commissioner, reviews all completed applications.

Using the statute 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, equipment rental, 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 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.