The Democrat and Chronicle reported the movie production, in town for the next week and a half to film car chase scenes on Main Street, will boost the local economy:
Columbia Pictures is sending 200 crew members to Rochester over the period of the shoot. Filmmakers also have hired 250 local crew members and 150 local extras, Empire State Development’s film office said Sunday.
Over the course of the filming, including advanced scouting, filmmakers estimated they would need 3,000 hotel nights and spend an additional $400,000 on local vendors, $120,000 on craft service and $120,000 on restaurant meals, the film office said.
The city of Rochester said Friday the filmmakers will pay overtime hours for three to nine firefighters each day of the shoot and up to 100 police officers during the course of the week. They will also reimburse other city expenses.
This is wonderful for the individuals and businesses who will make money from the production. But it’s not so wonderful for the rest of us. The problem is the state will cut the movie a big check. Tax credits shave as much as 30 percent of of production costs. The Tax Foundation looked at these programs in other states and found taxpayers get back less than 30 cents for every tax dollar refunded to the film. What’s more, New York has never done its own study to see if there’s any economic benefit.
We will slog through a downtown police state over the next 10 days, so we can pay $10 to see Rochester’s name in very small type in the credits. Maybe we’ll get to see a storefront we recognize or an extra we sat next to in high school. After it’s all over, the state will hand over wads of cash to the rich movie producers. Will it have been worth it?
Links of the Day:
– Kodak is handing over its camera film business to U.K. retirees to settle debt.
– Feeling ignored, the Utica Observer-Dispatch begs Cuomo to come visit and discuss jobs and the economy.
– This is why cities should be very wary of Cuomo’s advisory board to “help” them.
– West side Rochester bars top the list of places selling the most Quick Draw in Monroe County.
– There are two bidders left for Carestream Health. They are Bain Capital and THL.