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‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ a Result of Film Incentives: Patch Poll

Do you think the state should increase or decrease funding of the incentive program that encourages filmmakers to choose Michigan as a location?

The new Warner Bros. "Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice" movie will get up to $35 million in incentives from the Michigan Film Office under a state program. (Photo: Warner Bros.)
The new Warner Bros. "Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice" movie will get up to $35 million in incentives from the Michigan Film Office under a state program. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

There are about 35 million reasons Warner Bros. chose Michigan for the new  “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, but the final credits may be about to roll on financial incentives encouraging filmmakers to choose Michigan as a location.

The movie will receive up to $35 million Michigan Film Office under the program, which is designed to create jobs and pump money into Michigan’s economy, The Associated Press reports.

The Film Office has approved $43.2 million under the $50 million incentives program, but next year’s funding is in jeopardy.

In Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 2015 budget.

He wants to cut the program in half with a $25 million allocated to the film office to lure producers to Michigan, an amount the House of Representatives also supports. But Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, a Monroe Republican, wants to increase funding to $60 million.

“People will see how important it is,” Richardville told The AP. “It’s really the hardworking blue-collar people in Michigan. You’ve got a whole lot of people that are dependent on this industry in Michigan. It would be a shame to not continue to be competitive.”

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  • How do you think the incentive program is working? Take our poll and tell us what you think in the comments.
Kerry Sanders June 04, 2014 at 11:56 AM
I am a strong proponent of vital film communities, and part of that needs to involve a public commitment to maintaining and building the program. The only common sense solution to building a sustainable film program however, is based in slow and steady growth, starting with what you have, not what you wish you had if only those cruel politicians hadn't cut off your 42% welfare checks. The only prudent path is to leave the level of funding AS IS (with a guarantee that it will not be cut further), and allow for incremental growth when and if the program proves itself economically viable. The level of current funding is wholly consistent with Michigan's current capabilities, even more so if you disallow all the extra mouths to feed that Michigan's overfunded program of years past created. It is like a welfare family having 10,000 children in a 2-3 year period, with that family having no qualms about demanding that the state continue to feed those extra mouths. No thank-yous were given to the taxpayers for the free lunches that were made available, just a lot of complaining that the amount of food provided today has been reduced to balance that aid with needs of other families. Instead, the family itself (the film community) should be taking care of its own, coughing up the incentive money that it argues creates such great rewards for the state. If they believe strongly enough that unlimited state film incentives benefit the entire state, then they should rally as a community and gather their pennies to provide that $100+ million pool of funding that they are requesting. They should not be relying on the taxpayers, when they are going to be the primary beneficiaries of any good that comes from those incentives. At its peak, Michigan's film program was a runaway train with no brakes, which resulted in an enormous level of inefficiency. At its lower level of funding today, Michigan is now creating local jobs at about half the cost of what it was producing them for during the time when Michigan was the "go to" state for film production. The Michigan Film Office has of course made no mention of this fact in any of their yearly reports. Michigan's film program should be supported in part through taxpayer funds, but economic viability needs to remain high on the list of priorities. Any growth should be tightly coordinated and guided, slowly and efficiently over time. Anything less is just throwing good money after bad.
Tom Trusco June 04, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Tax breaks were given to all corporations and there is no stipulation on who they hire or where they spend.At least the film industry had to hire Michiganders and try to buy Michigan products .What is the difference in giving tax breaks orincentives?
Robert June 04, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Tom, there is a major difference between a tax break and an actual "cash gift" which is what the film industry gets. An oil company for example gets a tax break for keeping jobs and production in the USA. The film industry doesn't get a tax break, i.e. Lower rate to pay. They actually get a check cut to them form Michigan tax payers. This is absurd.
RON Ostrodamus June 04, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Before being deleted from the Royal Oak Patch two weeks before the last unopposed mayoral election I posted that voters could express their discontent by writing in Batman. We will never know how many took me up on that, but we do know that clearly not enough did. Maybe our community is afraid of bats? We may never know the true answer, But if this is the case nationwide Superman will win hands (wings) down.
Lee Jacobsen June 06, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Superman is an orphan,and automatically garners sympathy. That , plus Royal oak is somewhat batty, explains a lot. Regarding film credits, they are gifts in the pockets of the film makers, and the best way to come out ahead is to simply make a film. Easier said than done, but some of our films make it on the sci fi channel, and most, if not all , films use other folk's money anyway, might as well use some of Michigan' s as well..

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