Best Hope for the Local Movie Industry

With the arrival of Silver State Production Services, which has offices downtown, comes the possibility that visiting filmmakers can be enticed to shoot here more frequently, thanks to a central hub from which they can draw local workers. The hopeful result is employment for performers as well as lighting professionals, location scouts, production assistants, costumers, makeup artists, construction crews and even set caterers. Heading up the effort is Chris Ramirez, who has worked on the movies Think of Me and The Hangover, as well as commercials that have been shot in Nevada. Now what’s needed is state support via tax incentives, such as those offered to the industry in 44 other states. It looks promising: The governor’s office and the Nevada Film Office are exploring the idea for the 2013 Legislature.