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State Film Commissions Guide: Tucson, Arizona

State Film Commissions Guide: Tucson, Arizona

What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? The Tucson Film Office represents Southern Arizona. The benefits of filming here are:
– our proximity to Los Angeles…dozens of 1.5 hour non stop flights daily from LAX
– our diversity of locations….
– a low cost of doing business in general with no fee permits and various in kind assistance from City and County
– an experience local crew base

What tax credits are available for productions in your state? Arizona doesn’t offer tax credits.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about?
Within 40 minutes of Tucson, one can find Middle Eastern desert
landscapes (“Three Kings” filmed here), Mexican Villages as well as
Tijuana-like streets (“The Hangover 3” filmed Nogales AZ for Tijuana),
Pine topped mountain peaks, golden grasslands (“Oklahoma” filmed here),
classic saguaro laden deserts and Western towns and ranches as well as
urban landscapes. Our Airplane Bone Yards are one of our most popular locations for filmmakers.

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Tucson Convention Center Exhibit halls have been used by numerous productions. Also, warehouse space is abundant.

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? We have robust union representation and are also a right to work state. We have a talented crewbase who have experience working on large and small scale productions for over 20 years.

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable? Since we are a part to the Tourism Bureau, over 600 local businesses are
our partners. These partners include hotels, resorts, rental car
agenicies, restaurants and caterers, attractions and popular location
like Titan Missle Museum and Collassal Cave, golf courses, antiques
stores and other retail businesses and more.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? In Tucson and Southern Arizona: “The Hangover III,” “Goats,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ,” “Away We Go,” “Lightbulb,” “Touching Home,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Traffic”

should filmmakers do if they’re interested in shooting a film in your
state? Who should they contact if they have more questions?

in the incentives offered by other state film commissions? Check out
Indiewire’s full guide to state film commissions HERE.

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