Utah governor luring Hollywood to his state to counter bad economy

By: Steve Mathie
Staff Writer

Salt Lake City, UT – If there was ever a time that people in Utah would get a Hollywood movie filmed at their home, now might be it. Thanks to Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., who during the economic downturn has decided to apply $15 million in stimulus money to lure filmmakers to Utah.

“As soon as we get this done, I think we’re going to have a lot of people (in Hollywood) express an interest in looking east,” said Huntsman, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The federal stimulus package allocated $87 million to Utah, and Huntsman sees in fit to apply it to a film incentive program that has just passed the Senate. It will give production companies a 20% tax credit for expenditures within Utah’s borders.

When those production companies come to shoot, they will need filming locations in Utah, and cast and crew will spend thousands of dollars on recreation, food and lodging – putting even more money back into Utah’s state economy. It is also sure to create jobs for local residents.

Filming in Utah is not that rare however, and the “High School Muscial” movies were shot in Utah. Last year’s High School Musical 3 starring Zac Efron has grossed $90 million in the US.

Twentieth Century Fox-Film Corporation will release in April s.Darko, a drama that was used filming locations in Salt Lake City, Magna, Echo and Delle, according to the Internet Movie Database.

The Beehive state is notorious for its diversity in geological formations, from snowy mountains to desert land. It appears as though more filming will come Utah in the next couple of years, as the $15 million will be distributed evenly over a two-year course.

Did You Know? The Sandlot, one of America’s favorite baseball movies of all time, was filmed in Utah at personal residences, small businesses, pools and local parks in the early 1990s.

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