Commission Wants More Movies Filmed in Columbus
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- January 25, 2006 9:05 am at 9:05 am #69522
The Greater Columbus Film Commission launched a new website on Monday (http://www.filmcolumbus.com) in the hopes of attracting more hollywood and new york film-makers to come and shoot their projects in central Ohio. A great idea, which I support wholeheartedly, but perhaps a flashier website should be in order when trying to attract the artsy-types, no?
The Ohio Film Commission shut down in 2002, so having an individual Columbus commission should be a great asset for the region.January 25, 2006 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm #107472
Sounds good to me. Traffic was shot in Columbus, for like 3 seconds…January 31, 2006 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #107473
This is awesome!! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about time. As an amateur screenwriter, film buff, and someone who has taken enough film courses in college to earn a film concentration — not quite a minor — it would be great to see some major films produced here in town. I fill ColumbusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ strength lie in its lack of truly distinctive features. Many parts of the city can easily double for other parts of the country. Many local suburbs could double as suburban Chicago, parts of German Village could pass for parts of Georgetown (DC), etc.
I REALLY hope this works out.January 31, 2006 9:00 pm at 9:00 pm #107474
i was a hired grunt on Speak, the movie they use as an example on the main page… woot! I hope more non-commercial stuff can come into columbus, it’d be nice to see some crews working around town on features.May 28, 2007 9:57 pm at 9:57 pm #107475
newsnet5.com wrote Ohio Wants More Action For Making Films In State
POSTED: 7:46 pm EDT May 28, 2007
CLEVELAND — State development officials and moviemaking groups want more action when it comes to persuading filmmakers to shoot in Ohio.
After the state eliminated the Ohio Film Commission in 2002 to save money, the Development Department is trying to establish a state film office that would help market shooting locations from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.
And a lawmaker is pushing again for legislation to offer tax incentives to people who invest in major productions shot in the state, which would add Ohio to 43 other states that offer financial lures.
The old film commission, created in 1976 to lobby filmmakers and scout locations, was credited with generating $134 million for the state in its lifetime. Scenes for movies such as “Major League,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Spider-Man 3” are among those with shoots in the state over the years.May 29, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm #107476
As a Columbus-based filmmaker looking talking to local investors, I would love to be able to shoot in Columbus, but the bottom line is that with the tax incentives offered by states like Wisconsin and New Mexico it’s insane not to shoot out of state. People like Rich Levin need to learn that these incentives can bring tens of millions of dollars in new business to the state every year which not only create new jobs but also boost tax income for the state.May 31, 2007 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm #107477
I did an interview with the commission’s executive director Gail Mesey several weeks ago, and she seemed really ambitious, intelligent. [url=http://www.columbusalive.com/?sec=search&story=columbusalive/2007/0419/u-local.html]More[/url]
One interesting point: She said that most people want to make indie feature films, but that doing less exciting commercial work can help fund other projects and build a crew base in areas outside of NY or LA.
Also, if people want this to happen, they need to petition the state government to push tax breaks for the film industry. Without shelters, there is no incentive to film in Ohio.May 31, 2007 2:25 pm at 2:25 pm #107478
Gail’s an extremely capable woman I’ve worked with a lot over the years when she was still at Mills James. This could be a huge boon to the city, as it was to Pittsburgh 8-10 years or so ago when they made a large push for it.
BTW, here’s what I mean about Pittsburgh…look at the jump made in the 80’s, 90’s up to today.May 31, 2007 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm #107479
Jenny and I film movies in Columbus all the time.
Bow-chicabowwwowww. :lol:July 13, 2007 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm #107480
Business First of Columsbus wrote State sees bright lights in film work
Business First of Columbus – July 13, 2007
by Jeff Bell
State Sen. Patricia Clancy doesn’t have stars in her eyes when it comes to the future of the video and film production industry in Ohio.
Though the glitz from an occasional big-budget movie being filmed in Ohio is appealing, the Cincinnati Republican thinks it may be more practical for the state to concentrate on promoting the commercial side of the video production business.July 13, 2007 7:22 pm at 7:22 pm #107481
we love commissions, committees, meetings and organizations.July 14, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am #107482
Everyone always dumps on committees and commissions and meetings, but then also dumps on people who try to run roughshod over everyone else without including them in the process (corporate decisionmaking process, democratic process, whatever).
Sometimes the wheels turning slowly are just a side effect of having everyone on board.July 14, 2007 2:47 am at 2:47 am #107483
We need a commission Commission.
That one is subtle… check the case.July 14, 2007 5:58 pm at 5:58 pm #107484
The 270 wrote Film fundraiser, could we do this in Columbus?
By wyliemac | July 5, 2007
Last fall I was in Carmel, California. While there I picked up a copy of Carmel Magazine. In it was the story of the film Ã¢â‚¬Å“WhereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Marty?Ã¢â‚¬Â WhereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Marty? is no ordinary film. Instead of paying the actors and crew members, the producers charged them for their time and efforts. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because the film also doubled as a fundraising effort. The story centers around two tourist who are brought together by Marty, a mysterious travel agent and arc-angel. Throughout the movie, Marty takes the lovers to locales like FishermanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Wharf, Point Lobos and Oldtown Salinas. The film will be shown in local hotel rooms to lure tourists to the sites in the film.January 11, 2011 4:12 pm at 4:12 pm #107485
get real cowbusMember
Columbusite wrote >>
Sounds good to me. Traffic was shot in Columbus, for like 3 seconds…
Traffic was filmed in Cincinnati like most of the major films shot in Ohio. Why would anyone ever shoot anything in columbus when you have cities like Cleveland and Cincinnati that are bulging at the seams with character and charm? I can’t think of any “major” movies that have ever been shot here in columbus.
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