Website Touts State’s Film Industry Workers, Vendors

Governance — By on October 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

Ohio’s film industry professionals will have greater exposure thanks to a new state-sponsored website.

OhioFilmOffice.com features a database, the Ohio Production Directory, that allows production companies to connect with the state’s pool of workers and vendors associated with the film industry.

To date, there are 119 listings, but Ohio Department of Development officials say more are being added on a daily basis. (The Ohio Film Office, which works to recruit outside production activity and grow existing production companies and related businesses statewide,  is housed within ODOD.)

“Our database highlights our state’s diversity and makes it easy to find experienced crew anywhere in Ohio,” says Jeremy Henthorn, director of the Ohio Film Office.

“I think one glance at our crew roster and location gallery will prove to any potential production company that Ohio can meet its needs,” he adds.

Besides the aforementioned directory and location gallery, OhioFilmOffice.com also features monthly spotlights on vendors, cast and crew, and locations; links to filmmaking and screenwriting organizations, regional film commissions, research organizations, and unions; and incentives for filming in the Buckeye State.

One of the main incentives is the Motion Picture Tax Credit. Totaling $30 million for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, the credit is calculated in two components: Ohio resident cast and crew wages are credited at 35 percent and all other eligible production expenditures are credited at 25 percent.

Based on figures from Fiscal Year 2010 applicants who have finished their principal photography, ODOD estimates that $17,928,987 was spent on eligible production expenditures (lighting, lumber, location fees, etc.) and $2,430,456 was spent on Ohio resident wages.

“Being able to attract a significant amount of productions to Ohio has a positive impact on our tourism industry,” says Amir Eylon,” director of the Ohio Tourism Division.

“In the short term, film crews use hotel rooms, rent vehicles, and use local businesses,” he adds. “However, films can often leave a longer legacy as people visit locations where the productions took place. Two examples are the Shawshank Trail in Mansfield and the ‘Christmas Story’ house in Cleveland.”

Author Bio: Melanie McIntyre:
Melanie McIntyre served as editorial director of The Metropreneur from its launch in August 2010 to May 2013. She is also a featured writer for Columbus Underground and writes about fashion, style and pop culture on her blog, Thoroughly Modern Melly. Melanie is an Ohio State University graduate, lives in the Short North, and enjoys reading and running.

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  • Walker Evans says:

    In related news, here’s a press release for another local film entrepreneur resource:

    “Filmmaking website offers free music and downloads to promote upcoming production”

    Columbus, OH, Oct 19th, 2010 – Sonnyboo.com, a site that provides free short films and resources for filmmakers, has doubled the amount of royalty-free music and other free downloads it offers. Sonnyboo.com has been giving away free downloads and music for nearly a decade, but the recently revamped site now offers a wider variety of music genres, as well as contracts, screenwriting tools, storyboard templates, royalty-free videos and images and more.

    The free downloads are part of a marketing campaign to raise awareness for the upcoming independent feature Accidental Art, and a campaign to raise funds for its production. The dark comedy, to be shot in the spring of 2011, will combine local talents with name stars. Sites like Kickstarter.com and IndieGoGo.com will be used to collect donations for the film. Links are located on every page of free downloads, but donating is not required.

    “Sonnyboo.com has always given away free music and tools for filmmakers”, says Peter John Ross, Writer/Director with Sonnyboo Productions. “We hope some will be able to donate something for what they get out of the site, but even if we only get a nickel from one out of a thousand people, I don’t mind helping most others for free.”

    The resource grew out of Ross’ own filmmaking experience. “I could never find a single site with all the things I needed when I started making movies,” he says. “So I put everything I had acquired on my site and started inviting people to use them. Then I added music I made before becoming a filmmaker, because I see a lot of films using copyrighted music without permission. I wanted to offer an alternative.”

    The individual songs, free for use in any medium for, cover genres from “80’s Metal Guitar” to “Bad Jazz” to “Pink Floyd-ish,” and offer an alternative to the astronomical costs associated with music licensing for an independent filmmaker. Offering these with no strings attached removes all the headache and worry about publishing rights or synchronization.

    Other downloads include royalty free videos like a hilarious “Please Turn Off Your Cell Phone” announcement for screenings, a countdown leader, and film scratches to give videos an old-movie look. Need the film festival laurel leaves you see on movie posters? It’s in the images section, along with FBI warnings, color bars and focus charts. Many of the images have been upgraded to HD. There’s even a facsimile of the old Indian Head test pattern, the image of the Indian in headdress replaced with Sonnyboo founder Peter John Ross’ cartoon head.

  • There is also INDIECLUB COLUMBUS and the MID OHIO FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION that meet once a month for professional and amateur filmmakers.

  • Cleveland is way ahead of Columbus in offering filming locations. The only 4 local spots are Ballantrae Park, Leatherlips Memorial and Golf Club of Dublin and Hocking Hills.

    Here’s some filming locations I’d like to see added, but they have to be submitted by the property owner:

    Gahanna Creekside Walk, Northbank Park, Hayden Falls, North Market, The train depot (The Local 67 Event Center); Ohio Statehouse; Main Street Bridge; Highbanks Metro Park

    Site Submission link:
    http://oh.reel-scout.com/loc_add.aspx

  • More news:

    Ohio-made movie ‘Take Shelter’ gets slot at Sundance Film Festival

    Read more: Ohio-made movie ‘Take Shelter’ gets slot at Sundance Film Festival | Business First

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2010/12/ohio-made-movie-take-shelter-gets.html

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