City Hall to Build Soundstage?
The dirty little secret is out and the Film Commission members are talking about it. First, that S.F. is routinely used for exterior shots, and then the heavy budget TV and film productions sceddadle to places like Vancouver for the more lengthy interior soundstage work. Another “revelation”: this exterior work generates very little for the city compared to the steady interior work.
In January, a report on what the City can do to increase it’s out- of- town film production dollars will hit the commissioners, headed up by Stephanie Coyote.
Laurie Rowley, one of the authors feels that the lack of a proper soundstage is a big problem. What we have on Treasure Island is not a soundstage, and you can hear the bridge construction noise no problemo. We’re talking a 2 million to 100 million price tag.
At the same time Sup Alioto is introducing legislation to change the fee structure for filming, offering incentives to long term productions. Yaaaaaaaay~! Finally those people are doing something.
Reminder to the Commissioners: Add extra incentives for locally produced and locally made small indie productions. These are the seeds for future steady work here. We keep waiting for our own Woody Allen….well, he’s out there somewhere in the avenues writing a script right now……