Movie Scheduled to Begin Shooting in GR Friday

September 3, 2008
| By Pete Daly |
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First in GR Under State Incentive for Film Industry

GRAND RAPIDS — Cameras are supposed to start rolling here Friday for the first notable movie to be shot in Grand Rapids since the introduction of the state government's film industry incentives.

Luc Campeau, one of the film's executives, confirmed it will be called "The Steam Experiment," and he said shooting begins Sept. 5. The movie is being made by Cinepro Pictures of Largo, Fla.

The production company is not releasing details about the film until shooting starts but the Business Journal has learned that some of the scenes will be shot downtown in or near the Amway Grand Plaza. Others will be shot in a studio in Plainfield Township.

Anthony Wenson, COO of the state government's Michigan Film Office, said the production company applied for the incentives and the application "has been approved, and I know he's in pre-production right now."

The incentives program announced in April by Gov. Granholm will provide a refundable tax credit for up to 40 percent of movie production costs incurred in Michigan — 42 percent if filmed in a Michigan "core city," which includes Grand Rapids. The tax credit is applied against any liability the production company will end up having under the Michigan Business Tax. After that tax is paid, the remaining balance of the credit will be paid directly to the film company by the Michigan Treasury.

Wenson could not reveal how much money the producers of "The Steam Experiment" have committed to spend in Michigan. He said Campeau is the producer and that he worked with the Michigan Film Office to find locations for shooting.

"Grand Rapids looked like a great area for them, based on what they were trying to do," said Wenson.

Wenson said that as far as he knows, this is the first movie actually shot in Grand Rapids in response to the film industry incentive. Other movies have reportedly been poised to start but have not done so yet.

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