Hollywood’s summer movies were all filmed elsewhere


Hollywood’s summer movies were all filmed elsewhere
  1. Hollywood’s summer movies were all filmed elsewhere
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    This summer’s biggest-budget films have everything moviegoers have come to expect from Hollywood blockbusters: superheroes, pirates, space aliens. But in... The post Hollywood’s summer movies were all filmed elsewhere appeared first on Oman Obs…
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This summer’s biggest-budget films have everything moviegoers have come to expect from Hollywood blockbusters: superheroes, pirates, space aliens. But in the truest sense of the term, none of them is a Hollywood movie. Despite a major effort by Los Angeles over the last two years to lure film production back to where it started, producers continue to make big-budget movies elsewhere, saying they get better tax breaks and subsidies outside of Hollywood. As a result, the summer’s movies come from all over the globe. Warner Bros. filmed Wonder Woman and King Arthur in Britain, where the Time Warner Inc studio owns a large production space. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s movie studio chose Australia for Alien: Covenant. Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios rolled its cameras in Georgia for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, one of six superhero movies it has filmed near Atlanta. “The support we get in Georgia is tremendous,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in an interview. Twenty-five years ago, most big-budget films were filmed primarily in Los Angeles. Since then, to lure production, locations across the United States and around the globe have begun offering tax credits or rebates of up to 40 per cent of local production spending, a sizable savings on action films that cost up to $250 million to make. Thirty-two US states and dozens of foreign countries now offer tax credits or rebates, plus other benefits such as waivers of permit fees. Along with subsidies, the small, former Soviet country of Georgia offers another perk to filmmakers. “We have many derelict, abandoned small villages or factories. They are mostly state-owned still, and you can easily just blow (them) up,” said Sophio Bendiashvili, head of the country’s film rebate programme. In most cases, neither studios nor the filming locations will disclose specific details of subsidies granted, but executives acknowledge that they are a key factor in deciding where to film. The economic value of subsidies for the locations offering them remains under debate. Proponents argue they attract jobs and spending that outweigh their costs, while critics say the benefits are overstated and the incentives divert taxpayer money from other needs. Some states that used to offer subsidies, including Michigan and Louisiana, have stopped doing so or pared them back substantially. Still, California decided in 2014 to sweeten its own subsidies in an attempt to lure production back. The results have been mixed. Many more television shows are now being filmed in the state, but it still struggles to attract the mega-budget action movies that hit screens from May through the US Labor Day holiday in early September. One of Hollywood’s biggest stars, actor and producer Dwayne Johnson, moved his HBO TV series Ballers from Miami to the Los Angeles area after securing a California tax break. Johnson said he would like to film his big movies there, too. Johnson’s upcoming movie for Paramount Pictures, a remake of the TV show Baywatch about California lifeguards, was filmed on Tybee Island, Georgia, with help from tax credits. Hollywood used to have a firm grip on film production because of its infrastructure, which includes numerous sound stages as well as specialised equipment and a large network of experienced crew members, actors and extras. Increasingly, other locations such as the state of Georgia are offering good production faciliti…

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