Michigan’s film industry showed much promise in 2008, when the state offered tax incentives to build the foundation of film industry here. Chris-Teena Constas left a successful film career in Chicago as a location manager to return to her Detroit roots and join the rising workforce in Michigan.
She documented this exciting job growth via her own video, as the innovation was unfolding and projects began rolling. In 2011, Rick Snyder recommended reducing the incentives. The direct jobs and ripple affect jobs plummeted right away.
Chris-Teena wanted to do something positive as a response. Using seven years of her own footage, she brings you into her everyday world of Jane of All Trades, as she chronicles the Michigan film industry during a time of opportunity and hope.
This movie screening will be followed by a Q&A with Chris-Teena Constas and a moderated discussion about the current climate of film incentives in Michigan, focusing on a proactive stance. Cinema Detroit independent film theater hosts this event.
Showtime is 7:30pm, with doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.
We expect a sold-out crowd for this one night only event! Register HERE http://www.mpami.org/events2 We can not guarantee seating but wish to get an idea of attendence. Seating first come first served
Trailer here: http://janeofalltradesthemovie.com/
MPA welcomes its newest board member, Wally S. Szczubialka!
Wally is an expert in video production and live events, both as a manager and always in the trenches. He is a respected media professional with a warm personality, with decades of experience and success. He’s offered thoughtful perspective already, on how MPA can move forward.
We welcome you, Wally!
Hello film community members, family and friends -
The new Director is leading a battle to win hearts in the legislature's committees and they are working on ROI numbers. So NOW is the time to send your experience working on incentive projects. Write a few paragraphs detailing:
What you do
A couple projects worked on
The kinds of things you have been able to afford (House, Items, Education, Tools)
A list is being compiled of Michigan's Representatives of who supports us and who doesn't. This way we know upfront of who's mind can potentially be changed by contacting them and giving them information they may not be aware of.
Thanks for your help and again, I hope you're well and life is good.
Please include Their District, Your Zipcode and Their affiliation.
This link brings you to the Michigan Film Office 2015 report, for your review.
Michigan has been a production center for over 70 years creating a base of workers for corporate, broadcast commercials and films. The strong ‘work ethic’ of Michigan crews is becoming well known across the United States.
On that foundation stands an infrastructure of stages and facilities that had been failing due to changes in the world’s economy. Our goal is, and has been to re build and grow that industry, to encourage diversification of the economy, business investments and the creation of jobs. THAT was the purpose of Michigan’s film and digital media program.
The issues involved here are not partisan. Republicans and Democrats have worked together to develop the program since 2007 when Republican leadership, working across the aisle made it into law. We want to present an overview of misconceptions and the benefits of the program and the film industry for Michigan.
SPEAKER'S available, questions answered!!!
Are you interested in learning about the Michigan Production Alliance and the Production Industry? MPA members are available to come and speak to your group about incentives, production, technology, animation, organizing or involvement with the film and production community. Our members have expertise in various departments and may be of interest. OR if you simply have a question about these things feel free to contact us! We WILL respond quickly!!!!
In solidarity with IATSE International 600 and on the heels of word about the death of a 2nd assistant camera operator (indicated in earlier posts) MPA wants to make clear that in our entry level boot camp we stress safety. Safety in getting to and from missions, safety around the set and of course safety around YOU!. People are sometimes hesitant to point out issues for fear of their jobs. Going up the chain of command is the key to getting it right and safe set, stage, and location work can be safe. Think about the situations you have found yourself in. How lucky you were in making it OUT safely and how it could have been different so easily. MPA believes we can be effective AND Safe.
Michigan Production Alliance offers Production Algebra P.A. Boot Camps throughout the year.
The Michigan Production Alliance (MPA) has organized an event to promote the education of entry-level media professionals by offering a half-day seminar.
The seminar Sponsored by the Association of Independent Producers (AICP) will be a lecture and interactive demonstration followed by a panel discussion featuring local professionals.
The lecture component , presented by MPA’s Mark Adler and other film professionals will provide more than just an overview of what is expected of Production Assistants on both film and video sets and what they can expect. A demonstration segment will include set and client etiquette, use of radios and forms and a Q&A session will feature knowledgeable industry speakers discussing career paths, local production companies, organizations and unions and the different resources they have to offer.
This event benefits the Non Profit MPA – cost includes P.A. Handbook and 1 year membership in MPA $105.00
We will program a boot camp for your organization too. We need only 10 participants in order to mount a successful session. Contact us to arrange a boot camp!
New feature films have been added to our film grid. The grid has become smaller as a result of changes to the program. New additions are marked in RED.
Visit MPA's Film Grid - ONLY for MPA members!