Are there any other alternative cities to start your career as a filmmaker besides L.A. and NY? The answer is yes. There are three cities where the Film Industry is growing such as Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco. Here are the Pros and Cons of each of these emerging cities:
Depending on what you want to focus on, Atlanta is opening a lot of opportunities for new filmmakers in the production area.
- According to the website moviemaker.com, 77,900 jobs have been created in the film industry.
- Features Films such as Hunger Games: Mockingjay was produced in Atlanta.
- Tax incentives: there is a 20% base credit to productions spending at least $500,000, plus a 10% off for including the State promotional logo in the credits.
- A need for quality below the line work
- Estately Blog reports that Atlanta is the 8th most dangerous city in the U.S
- Traffic and commuting time is the number one complain from residents
- The cost of living is going up
Chicago’s film industry has been growing in the last 5 years. Over 543 productions were made in 2015. Feature movies, independent films and TV shows are being produced right now.
- High demand for production crew and editors
- Feature and Indie film projects grew by 18% in 2015
- Tax incentives for film productions
- Great city to get exposure and networking
- It’s a very artistic city with a theater scene and its film production grows every year
- The average rent for a small apartment or a studio is $1500, average utilities are $250
- Commuting to downtown take at least 45 minutes from residential neighborhoods in the city
- Weather in Chicago can be extreme (short summer, and long winter-like weather)
According to Fwd Labs, San Francisco is an iconic city for big pictures. It’s known for pictures like Bullitt and Blue Jasmine.
- Film companies love it, because it has its own tax rebate program. Actually, The program is one of few tax incentives in the United States that offers rebates up to $600,000 per production in city fees and payroll.
- According To SF.org, The golden globe nominated film, Steve Jobs, was shot only for 21 days and the production spent 8 million dollars from wages to extras and crew to local expenditures.
- Post Production sales tax relief for the equipment.
- The weather might be a negative factor, if you don’t like cold weather
- The costs of living are very high, especially for rent rates
By: Priscilla Rojas, Eduardo Aguirre, and Soufiane El Khalidy