Twentieth Century Fox's decision to film the biggest budget film in the state's history in Pittsburgh was a coup for the region. The $100 million production will dump $60 million into the local economy and create 120 to 250 jobs.
Was it the state's Film Tax Credit program? Mogul Mind
's studio facilities? The strength of the local production crew? Movie Mogul founder John Yost says it's all three and this marks just the beginning of a great future for the film industry here.
"I'm a kid from Pittsburgh," says the actor and CEO. "It's a cooperative effort. We need to collectively realize how strong we are if we want to truly originate projects here. We (Mogul Mind) have the second largest facility outside of Hollywood. At the end of the day, I'm going to employ 1,200 people and create a media factory where people of all creative bents can have an outlet, have a career. It's an opportunity for a huge sector of people, the jobs are right here."
Unstoppable crews have already taken over every inch of the 330,000 square foot space in the Strip District where sets and locomotive building are in progress. Mogul Mind's 40 employees are busy around the clock. The scalability of the space has proved key, as well as the close proximity to rail lines.
Yost, unstoppable, is already planning to expand.
For Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office
, there's no question the state Film Tax Credit won the day along with the availability of experienced film crew workers.
"We have a great diversity of locations, we can get all the scenes done without having to travel far. We have the facility. But none of it would have happened without the tax incentive," she says.
Act 55, the tax credit program that allows the state to compete and attract larger film productions, has generated 4,355 jobs and $20 million in state revenue in its first year. For an informative Mogul Mind video on the impact of the credit program, click here
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Writer: Debra Diamond Smit
Source: John Yost, Mogul Mind; Dawn Keezer, Pittsburgh Film Office