So apparently, the film incentive program has been axed. Good.
Despite shrill warnings from the industry (“We become a quintessential fly-over state,” said Amy Lillard, executive director at incentives-managing group Washington Filmworks.), this is exactly the kind of bloat the state needs to give up to get healthy again.
And by bloat, I mean subsidies for an industry that isn’t going to be moving here. Despite what other blogs have said, movie makers don’t come here unless they their story is here. And even then, not so much: most of the filming for the Twilight series, which replaced Sleepless in Seattle for notable local filming, was mostly filmed in OREGON. Local movie makers film locally, and I think regulations should be friendlier to them producing here, but Hollywood just doesn’t want to spend time in the rain with us.
This bill was a direct subsidy, too, so it didn’t even encourage development of local film production, just the actual filming. perhaps in better times we can reinstate this program with a clearer emphasis on creating lasting economic benefits, rather than temporary outlays.