Written by on Apr 22, 2013. Posted in On Location

Michigan looks to Transformers and Ryan Gosling movie for filming profile lift

Michigan location filming for Transformers 4 and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster could help boost the state’s filmmaking profile. There are also high hopes for new TV crime drama Low Winter Sun.

The concern is that Michigan will again reduce its annual film fund from USD50 million to USD25 million for the 2014 fiscal year, reports Detroit Free Press. That would once again make it trickier to appeal to high-profile productions.

“If we don’t have the USD50 million to deliver on that potential,” screenwriter and film consultant Ken Droz told the outlet, “we’ll just shoot ourselves again in both feet and Hollywood will be exasperated once again with this state. We’re like a blinking light on the incentives: It’s on; it’s off; it’s on; it’s off.”

Filmmaker Michael Bay is bringing the Transformers franchise to Detroit for the third time, while Ryan Gosling is also a return visitor to Michigan. Both films have secured location filming incentive payments.


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