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Pyne, Thames: Film rebate program keeps Texas 'real'

Producers of the feature film "Galveston" needed a coastal town for the setting of their crime thriller, now in production and based on the recent novel of the same name. Galveston was available, but producers chose to shoot in Savannah, Ga. The film titled "Galveston" actually was shot in Savannah, Ga. Producers say other states have more lucrative economic incentives, and draw them away from the Lone Star State The film joined the ranks of "Hell or High Water," "No Country for Old Men" and others with Texas settings and Texas stories that were shot in other states with more lucrative economic enticements. (New Mexico doubled as Texas for both movies.) Unless the Texas Legislature acts quic

TV, Film Professionals Rally to Save Incentive Program

There is some Texas-sized drama surrounding the future of the film industry in the Lone Star State. State lawmakers are considering dropping the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, which is “designed to build the economy through the moving image industry and create jobs in Texas,” according to the state. “TMIIIP provides qualifying film, television, commercial, visual effects and video game productions the opportunity to receive a cash grant based on a percentage of a project’s eligible Texas expenditures, including eligible wages paid to Texas residents,” according to the program's website. Not all lawmakers see the benefit of the program, including two from North Texas. State Se

Texas film industry lobbies lawmakers to help bring movies back to the state

AA AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas film industry took the fight for funding to lawmakers today. More than $60 million was cut from the incentive program last session. They want that money back. "We're not sending anything to Hollywood. Hollywood is bringing money to us," said Phil Schriber of Film Fleet, LLC. Several Texas projects have moved to other states with more attractive incentive programs. "This will all but shut us down and make us move out of the state," said Schriber. Schriber isn't camera shy but he usually isn't in front of it. "It's like being a film gypsy. You just love it," said Schriber. Schriber runs the largest equipment rental business for motion pictures in Texas. He doesn't

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