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Moontrap: Target Earth, Crash Course Approved for Film Incentives

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The Michigan Film Office announced today that two film projects – Moontrap: Target Earth and Crash Course have been approved for incentives from the state.

“Our talented workforce and competitive incentive program support a wide variety of projects in Michigan – from feature films and documentaries like Moontrap: Target Earth and Crash Course – to digital media and video game development,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “We are pleased both of these projects are also planning to tap into the post-production services available right here in Michigan.”

In Moontrap: Target Earth a 14,000 year old spacecraft is discovered at an excavation site. Created by a previously unknown human civilization, it becomes re-activated, taking the film’s heroes to the moon to encounter robotic intelligence standing guard over ancient secrets.

The project will film on location in Troy, Detroit and the metro-Detroit area as well as utilize post-production and special effects services in Michigan. The project was awarded an incentive of $192,347 on $607,721 of projected in-state expenditures and is expected to hire 57 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 5 jobs.

Crash Course is a documentary based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner and longtime Wall Street Journal Detroit Bureau Chief Paul Ingrassia. The film will tell the remarkable story of the rise and fall – and rise again of the United States automobile industry. The documentary will include interviews and other scenes filmed in Detroit, Auburn Hills, Highland Park, Dearborn and Flint. The project was awarded an incentive of $73,995 on $282,649 of projected in-state expenditures and is expected to hire 14 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 2 jobs.

In Fiscal Year 2014 seven projects have been awarded a total of $41,247,171 on $154,778,078 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 851 hires with a full time equivalent of 770 jobs.

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit: MichiganFilmOffice.org.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.
For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.

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