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Michigan Film industry on shaky ground
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Michigan Film industry on shaky ground

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The projects are drying up. The studios are moving out. Michigan's young film industry is in jeopardy of collapse.

The movie business has been booming since the creation of one of the country's most generous film incentive programs in the country.

"To go from less than $2 million in business before the incentive passed, to over $500 million... it really became an industry over night," said TicTock Studio Partner Hopwood DePree.

Gov. Rick Snyder's new budget is calling for the elimination of the incentive program. Snyder plans to institute a $25 million cap on film credits. Supporters of the program say the governor's proposal already has had a chilling effect.

"Things are very much on hold here. We're trying to figure out where our next plan is as well," DePree said. "That uncertainty does not bode well for bringing more productions to the area and to the state."

DePree who has been one of the movie movers and shakers on the Lakeshore is shifting attention away Michigan.

Last week, The Detroit News reported that "The Avengers" has pulled out of the state, and an official of a film production starring Helen Hunt says he's now looking at other states.

DePree says TicTock is not ready to give up on Michigan and will stay to see what happens next. But he says with projects disappearing, it's tough to run a movie studio.

He says other are echoing the same thing.

"We have to shift our energy on where that business is going to be," DePree said. 

By Steve Patterson

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