Friday, April 17, 2009

Skilled labor, facilities key to Michigan's movie success

By Tom Long / The Detroit News / April 17, 2009

So far, Michigan's record of success at the movie box office is spectacular.

Of course, that's because only one of the 35 films shot in Michigan during 2008 has actually made it into movie theaters across the nation. That would be Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino," which cost less than $35 million to make and took in $146 million in North American theaters.

No other movie made here in 2008 is likely to have that kind of success. In fact, most of the film productions were low-budget affairs that could go straight to DVD if they surface at all.

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