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2009-04-14 10:20:45 PM
thank god. all we have left in Michigan is the film industry.
 
2009-04-14 10:22:36 PM
They're building one down in Plymouth (MA), too. So, let's not get too excited.
 
2009-04-14 10:26:28 PM
Why would anyone shoot a film in Detroit unless they needed a background for the post apocalypse?

Detroit kill it with fire.

www.abandonedonline.net

www.citrusmilo.com
 
2009-04-14 10:27:38 PM
They must have given that land away. Nothing in Michigan is worth a damn anymore.
 
2009-04-14 10:46:22 PM
This is the kind of industry that will bring Michigan back to life. We need to stop focusing on the industrial revolution jobs and start providing high-tech jobs in this state. The auto industry essentially abandoned us over the past 30 years, and it's idiotic for us to keep looking to them for a boost to our economy.

Time for Michigan to move on and leave the factory jobs behind.
 
2009-04-14 10:52:16 PM
Cool, so I guess they'll be making more movies like "Barfly" and "Hiroshima, Mon Amour".
 
2009-04-14 11:06:58 PM
horonto: Why would anyone shoot a film in Detroit unless they needed a background for the post apocalypse?

Detroit kill it with fire.


those photos are actually hauntingly beautiful. Did you take them?
 
2009-04-14 11:11:31 PM
ZeroCorpse: This is the kind of industry that will bring Michigan back to life. We need to stop focusing on the industrial revolution jobs and start providing high-tech jobs in this state. The auto industry essentially abandoned us over the past 30 years, and it's idiotic for us to keep looking to them for a boost to our economy.

Time for Michigan to move on and leave the factory jobs behind.


and yet they've announced that the studios will provide "mostly union" jobs. great.
 
2009-04-14 11:16:08 PM
I remember a meeting I was at where the thought of Michigan as the new hub for film production was raised. Somebody brought up the tax incentives, and everybody nodded their heads earnestly, and I assume most people in the room were stroking their wallets like a clitoris. The next guy to speak stood up and walked to the head of the room, said some lines about the tax incentives offered by both Vancouver and Detroit, and then started showing cardboard pictures, Bob Dylan style.

One of them would be like "New York City in Some Movie - Vancouver." The next would be like "New York City After a Riot, I Guess - Detroit." Suffice to say, we didn't supplant our Canadian operations to film in the esoteric Michigan wasteland.
 
2009-04-15 12:00:35 AM
rga184: and yet they've announced that the studios will provide "mostly union" jobs. great.

I'm pretty sure this is typical for the film / tv industry, certainly in CA.
 
2009-04-15 12:03:06 AM
knoxvelour: horonto: Why would anyone shoot a film in Detroit unless they needed a background for the post apocalypse?

Detroit kill it with fire.

those photos are actually hauntingly beautiful. Did you take them?


there's those kind of photos all over the net.

de-twah (new window)
 
2009-04-15 12:15:17 AM
wxboy: I'm pretty sure this is typical for the film / tv industry, certainly in CA.

Yeah, below-the-line expenses are union.

Above-the-line is basically like six guys (director, actor, actress, etc.).
 
2009-04-15 12:16:24 AM
wxboy: rga184: and yet they've announced that the studios will provide "mostly union" jobs. great.

I'm pretty sure this is typical for the film / tv industry, certainly in CA.


even directors, cinematographers, and crap like that are union
 
2009-04-15 12:32:05 AM
Are they building this where the Visteon engineering facility is?

I worked out of there for around a year back in 2000-2001.

The commute really sucked. I haven't been back to Allen Park since then.
 
2009-04-15 01:09:32 AM
FTFA: $146M film studio future crackhouse to be built in Michigan

/FTFY
 
2009-04-15 01:31:51 AM
Normally I'd dismiss this as being silly, but I think there are some arguments to why this would work/is a good idea;

1. One of the things people constantly squawk is that the film industry never suffers during times of recession.

2. It'd certainly help the tourism industry.

3. The medium-sized film industry in the part of the country where I'm at (Cent. Fl) is pissing and moaning at our state government for kick backs so that we can crush Detroit before they have a chance to get holding into the industry. I guess if industry people view the city as a threat, then they have a chance that they could succeed. (which means their where probably be no jobs waiting for me here when I graduate...fark you, Detroit)

It's obviously not going to be come Hollywood, only Hollywood can be the next Hollywood, but it's not unlikely that it could find its own niche in the industry. OK, it's UNLIKELY, but not impossible.
 
2009-04-15 02:00:08 AM
I think Michigan's future isn't going to lie with the film industry, and I think the automotive industry is a bust at this point. No, I think medical research, tech research, and tech manufacturing is likely to be the path of The Great Lakes State.

Medically, we already have some damn fine hospitals and research facilities, and it seems like every other study in medical journals are coming out of the University of Michigan anymore. Dow Chemical is still active there, and were getting ready to ramp up before the bubble burst. A few more tax breaks and a few months of economic recovery should help the plans restart sooner rather than later.

And tech research and manufacturing is a no brainer. We already have facilities designed for manufacturing that can be refurbished and repurposed with a little work. Already various ex-GM and Ford plants are making generators for wind turbines, high capacity batteries for hybrid cars, and solar generator and heat collection panels.

Film might be good to show off a bit ("Hey, look, that's the Rifle River! I got drunk while tubing down that river and threw up on a turtle once!") but I don't think it's going to be the grand revival of my home state.
 
2009-04-15 03:01:42 AM
the train station. ... filmed TRANSFORMERS fight scene there, now they call it an eye sore.
 
2009-04-15 03:10:38 AM
brokenheadstuff: the train station. ... filmed TRANSFORMERS fight scene there, now they call it an eye sore.

Was that the scene where Shia the Beef ran up to the roof of an art deco post-apocalyptic hellhole?
 
2009-04-15 07:58:11 AM
I say that Michigan could be revitalized by porn, legalized drugs and Happy Ending Massage Clubs.

Let's turn the Mitten State into a Fist State!

and not unionize it.
 
2009-04-15 10:22:53 AM
Kierkegaard's Pseudonym: esoteric Michigan wasteland.

What does this mean?
 
2009-04-15 10:42:48 AM
Hey, neat thing about those "mostly union" jobs: They're NOT going to be UAW, since this is filmmaking, and those fly-by-night two week training classes for UAW guys to become "grips" is going to fly like a lump of shiat, especially among real crew members.

And, as a guy training to be a cinematographer, at MI's only real film school, I'm psyched they're building some infrastructure for TV/movie development right up the road from me, almost literally (I live a couple towns over from Allen Park).

And as for it not being the key to revitalizing MI, I think it'll draw enough people in to take a look at the other stuff trying to be seen as MI's future from under the decaying corpses of GM and Chrysler. As long as the State Film Office doesn't fark it up (which they're trying hard to do, this is MI after all, we have to screw our chance at greatness at every turn...)
 
2009-04-15 10:51:42 AM
Hey Hollywood! Come to Texas to film. Three words for you:

Right to work.
 
2009-04-15 12:05:53 PM
LesserEvil: Are they building this where the Visteon engineering facility is was?

I worked out of there for around a year back in 2000-2001.

The commute really sucked. I haven't been back to Allen Park since then.


I think this is the old Visteon site. As far as I know, only Visteon Village is still ( barely ) alive and kicking in Visteon world. It's not pretty.

/born and bred in Allen Park, MI
 
2009-04-15 01:38:14 PM
Accolade: What does this mean?

Meant to say eclectic.
 
2009-04-15 02:52:26 PM
The governor's dreaming if she thinks the film industry's going to catch on here.
 
2009-04-15 03:11:51 PM
I live right around that neighborhood. Would be nice to see buildings actually being utilized instead of just sitting idle.

Anything.
ANYTHING to bring some kind of jobs to MI, please!

I've read in several places that MI gives all kinds of tax incentives to production companies to make their films in MI. Just recently George Clooney was filming something at the airport here...

I know Detroit bashing is the new Fark meme, but really, MI isn't a total shiathole. There are some nice areas and nice people. We just need a little push to get us back started toward greatness.

/MI born and raised
//Stuck here till the housing turns around
//Slashies
 
2009-04-15 03:49:22 PM
Zaboomafoo: knoxvelour: horonto: Why would anyone shoot a film in Detroit unless they needed a background for the post apocalypse?

Detroit kill it with fire.

those photos are actually hauntingly beautiful. Did you take them?

there's those kind of photos all over the net.

de-twah (new window)


I find it tragic how some of the beautiful build have been left to rot in Detroit.

Make me wonder what clowns are running the place.

What kind of folks live in these neighbourhoods?

weburbanist.com
 
2009-04-16 12:32:23 AM
Shirley Ujest: I say that Michigan could be revitalized by porn, legalized drugs and Happy Ending Massage Clubs.

Let's turn the Mitten State into a Fist State!

and not unionize it.


1. Realize this possibility. Check.
2. Move there. Check.
3. Profit? Still trying to figure that part out.

/From A.P. and I support this message. :)
 
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