Michigan is still trying to establish its presence in film production
Clinton Township, MI-More film production companies are springing up in Michigan, adding an influx of new jobs for Macomb County, as the Macomb Daily is reporting. A Clinton Township film production company, called Vanir Entertainment, is announcing plans to open a $ 20 million film studio. The executive producer, Alex Greene said the new studio will be built on 26 acre lot near Groesbeck Highway and Elizabeth as the Macomb Daily reports.
Greene, a Macomb Township resident, is working with various local groups, including the Macomb County Film Office to make the plans reality. Other film production companies have opened in Michigan after taking advantage of the Michigan film tax incentives, including Unity Studios in Allen Park.
The complex will feature a domed green screen, which will be used to create special effects for films. Although height and width of these screens are usually limited, Vanir's new green screens will allow directors to shoot film 180 degrees on the vertical and a full 360 degrees on the horizontal. This unique domed green screen and Michigan's tax incentives are expected to attract major film production companies from around the country.
The studio will be built using green technology, a geothermal energy grid, which will lower energy costs. The extra energy from the state grid can provide yet another source of revenue.
Vanir plans to rent the studio out to production companies looking to use the unique features offered at the studio. This new venture will bring jobs to the area and it will also work along with Baker College to provide film development classes as well as internships.
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In past years, several films have shot scenes in Macomb County. Past films include "Gran Torino" and "8 Mile."