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Old Posted Dec 30, 2017, 1:04 AM
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Not to stay off topic but i'm pretty sure Chicago has one of the highest filming taxes of all major cities on the planet. I know the Matrix was originally supposed to be filmed in chicago but withe their low budget spending most of it on computer technology they ended up filming in canada for much less. If you watch the film you can actually see signs throughout the picture and the script. Such as "the intersection of state and lake" or the poster of chicago skline in his bosses office. But it is sad when movies turn out to be mega-blockbuster franchises but we lose them because we ask them for way too much money.
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Not to stay off topic but i'm pretty sure Chicago has one of the highest filming taxes of all major cities on the planet. I know the Matrix was originally supposed to be filmed in chicago but withe their low budget spending most of it on computer technology they ended up filming in canada for much less. If you watch the film you can actually see signs throughout the picture and the script. Such as "the intersection of state and lake" or the poster of chicago skline in his bosses office. But it is sad when movies turn out to be mega-blockbuster franchises but we lose them because we ask them for way too much money.
Not that it's important, just wanted to say The Matrix was mostly shot in Australia, not Canada.
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Old Posted Dec 30, 2017, 2:24 AM
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Not that it's important, just wanted to say The Matrix was mostly shot in Australia, not Canada.
My bad. Your probly right.
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Shameless does a good job of filming Chicago neighborhoods, although (I guess for budget reasons) they mix in some LA street scenes and a faux-Chicago backlot. They're pretty careful about mixing the two, most of the LA scenes are shot in close-up, no palm trees visible, etc. Usually I can only tell because of the telltale LA sunlight. All of Dick Wolf's Chicago shows include neighborhood scenes also, and Joe Swanberg's films/shows.

I'd say Chicago neighborhoods are getting more screen time than ever before.

A lot of the reluctance for directors is due to cost, on-location filming is very expensive. However, Cinespace is supposed to build a backlot with some Chicago-authentic facades, so hopefully that will help a little bit too (within the constraints of backlot filming).
I mentioned it somewhere else but Chicago PD recently paid me $7500 to stop work for a day at one of my construction sites so they could fill a scene they needed a construction site for. They literally filmed for three hours and left. The amount of money activity like this must inject in the local economy is absurd given how much they threw at me for basically nothing.
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l......What I don't get is why I see so many scenes of front lawns (in various films) with the little 3 foot grass embankment when that is not a feature of any neighborhood in Chicago that I am aware of -- most likely filmed in Atlanta or someplace in the south. So my question is, why is Atlanta (or a city in the south) doing double duty for Chicago neighborhoods? Especially when Chicago is nothing like Atlanta. I assume it is most likely due to cost. And, if so, we need to somehow figure out a way to keep that business here by making it more affordable to film in Chicago.

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Georgia has a large film & television production industry (I believe it is third after CA and NY). Not surprising to see it as a stand in for any city.
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I mentioned it somewhere else but Chicago PD recently paid me $7500 to stop work for a day at one of my construction sites so they could fill a scene they needed a construction site for. They literally filmed for three hours and left. The amount of money activity like this must inject in the local economy is absurd given how much they threw at me for basically nothing.
Yeah, the money is awesome... a series set in Chicago scouted my place and ended up paying me over $40,000 for using my condo for 3 or 4 days of filming over two seasons (while putting me up at the 4 Seasons if I wanted it)... it's great if you can land it!
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Wow and I thought I had a sweet deal. Where do you live that they were so into it?
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An interesting investment plan. Get a really sweet condo downtown with excellent views. Book it as a filming location. Profit.

I have doubts a location would be used often though.
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Georgia has extremely generous (30 percent) tax credits for film productions (it's not that Illinois taxes film production more; we just don't bribe the producers as heavily). I found it really distracting when watching AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. I could sort of believe the Atlanta suburbs standing in for Dallas—but not for Silicon Valley.
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Georgia has extremely generous (30 percent) tax credits for film productions (it's not that Illinois taxes film production more; we just don't bribe the producers as heavily). I found it really distracting when watching AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. I could sort of believe the Atlanta suburbs standing in for Dallas—but not for Silicon Valley.
Took the words right out of my mouth. Great show - always interesting how Atlanta stood in for Dallas and I believe it also stood in for some of the SF/suburbs shots in the more suburban residential areas. Though - Dallas and Atlanta might not be all that different in a number of locations through the area.
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An interesting investment plan. Get a really sweet condo downtown with excellent views. Book it as a filming location. Profit.

I have doubts a location would be used often though.
It would be if that location was the spot where one of the main characters "lived". Happened to a friend of mind in the west loop. I guess my old view of the doggy daycare didnt cut it though
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Wow and I thought I had a sweet deal. Where do you live that they were so into it?
Well, I do have kinda a sweet space with sloping ceilings reaching around 13' with a terrace/tree/landscaping looking toward a sweeping view of downtown from the south (east Pilsen)... it was supposed to be the pad of a regular character before they cancelled the series...
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This one is turning out more elegant than the renderings. Nice last shot, Harry.
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An interesting investment plan. Get a really sweet condo downtown with excellent views. Book it as a filming location. Profit.

I have doubts a location would be used often though.
Yeah I don't imagine it could be recurring revenue. Producers don't want viewers thinking "oh, that's the apartment from [insert other series]".
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please stay on topic folks.

this thread is not the appropriate place to debate the international relevance of chicago landmarks.
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This one is turning out more elegant than the renderings. Nice last shot, Harry.

seriously...how does that get approved without requiring a setback?
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Georgia has extremely generous (30 percent) tax credits for film productions (it's not that Illinois taxes film production more; we just don't bribe the producers as heavily). I found it really distracting when watching AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. I could sort of believe the Atlanta suburbs standing in for Dallas—but not for Silicon Valley.
Actually Chicago matches Georgia's 30% tax credit, although it caps the amounts at a lower amount per person than Georgia. For instance the cap goes up to the first $100,000 salary per person as opposed to Georgia that credits the salary tax up to $500,000 per person.

Not sure where people got the idea that Illinois is one of the highest film taxing cities. I haven't heard about high taxes, but I know they have very generous tax credits.
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