Magazine article Screen International

World of Locations: Nevada

Magazine article Screen International

World of Locations: Nevada

Article excerpt

Projects that have shot recently in the state - and made Las Vegas part of their storylines - include Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Think Like A Man Too, The Hangover Part III and Now You See Me. Also shooting have been TV series Pawn Stars, American Idol and The Mentalist, and commercials for BMW and Toyota.

An increase in TV reality shows and commercials has helped expand the state's production business and in 2014 Clark County (which includes Las Vegas) issued 364 film permits, compared to 331 in 2013 (283 permits were issued in the first three quarters of 2015). Last September, however, remaining funding for the state's film tax credit programme, which had been assigned $80m for four years, was reassigned to an incentive package for electric car company Tesla. The programme will remain unfunded at least until the state assembly meets again in 2017.

GOOD TO KNOW

Crews are easy to feed in Las Vegas because of the multitude of inexpensive buffets offered by the city's hotels.

THE LOWDOWN

Financial incentives

Though the programme presently has no funding, Nevada offers a transferable tax credit of 15% of production costs, 15% (resident) or 12% (non-resident) of above-the-line salaries and 15% (resident) or 10% (non-resident) of below-the-line salaries. An additional 5% of production costs is included if more than half of below-the-line personnel are residents and another 5% if more than half of filming days occur in little used counties. There is a $6m cap per production. Further information www. …

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