MPAA Slaps Back at Film Tax Incentive Study

The Motion Picture Association of America is hitting back at a new report from a Washington-based think tank that is harshly critical of states’ use of production tax incentives.

In the study released on Wednesday, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities argues that incentives don’t create enough new jobs to justify the loss in tax revenue…

HARD TIMES: How Europe’s Financial Crisis Is Affecting Each Country’s Film Industry

It’s not just the UK movie business that is suffering from draconian budget cuts because of the global financial crisis. Europe has an enormous hangover, too. And other European film industries are also suffering as EU governments scramble to reduce their debt mountains:…

Monsters: Fearless, Fearsome, Imperfect, Important.

“Monsters”, the debut feature of writer/director Gareth Edwards, is, from the point of view of a spectator, an imperfect film. It is, however, from the point of view of a filmmaker, one of the most exciting releases I’ve seen this year. Edwards’s production reads like a map for young filmmakers, marking pitfalls with his struggles and showing a way forward with his successes. “Monsters” is one of the clearest case studies yet for the challenges-and advantages-of micro-budget filmmaking…

The Most Ridiculous Edited-For-TV Film Lines

Whenever a film with strong language airs on television, some of their lines are bound to be edited down.

An example Gawker included is the Samuel L. Jackson-starrer Snakes on a Plane, released in 2006. When the film was shown on the big screen, Jackson yelled: “I have had it with these motherf—— snakes on this motherf—— plane.”

But when it was shown on television, Jackson’s swearing was reduced to this: “I have had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Moday to Friday plane.”

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Guilds lobby low-budget filmmakers

SAG, WGA’s AFM presentation makes case for using union members

In an annual ritual at the American Film Market, SAG and the WGA romanced about 200 low-budget producers Monday to use union actors and writers…

…Under the SAG ultra-low budget agreement, for example, actors receive $100 a day and are paid only for the days they work.

Mark Friedlander, SAG’s national director of new media, stressed the simplicity of those guild agreements by noting that the current pact is a four-page document.

He added that except for producers agreeing to make pension and health contributions, other terms are flexible.

WGA West senior director of contracts Lise Anderson said the guild is willing to make projects affordable — noting that payment of the screenplay purchase minimum of $42,088 can be deferred for projects under $500,000…