Filming in Cleveland

Filming in Cleveland

Lisa Canter
on May 09, 2013

As we all know - we are about to face some traffic challenges while "Captain American" gets filmed here. In a recent article on Cleveland.com, Ivan Schwarz is quoted on to say: "We're not doing this because we want movies," Schwarz said. "We are creating jobs, we're creating economic development. The impact that these movies have on our community is huge. This is about the long term of having a film industry in Cleveland." The the article states:"In the last three years, $150 million was spent here. Since last July through this June, he said, the film industry will spend $75 million to $80 million in Northeast Ohio." I think the world of Ivan Schwarz and his efforts but is there any way we can see how many jobs have been created - how long they lasted as well as what happened to the $150 million that was spent here? How can we bring some accountability to the table without seeming like we are casting a negative spin on things. I am neutral and waiting to be dazzled by a real account of these things. How does one find out? I wish reporters were talking about these things.

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/04/captain_america_filming_begins.html


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Lisa Canter
on Jun 17, 2013
"Interesting update. Any thoughts?"
Lisa Canter
on Jun 01, 2013
"All I am asking is that we hear more about what financial benefits - if any - are going to the..."
Daryl Rowland
on May 15, 2013
"I think you are asking the wrong questions.  The more important question is does film and TV..."
Michael Baron
on May 10, 2013
"Lisa: According to this Cleveland State study, for every dollar the state spends on tax..."
Lisa Canter
on May 10, 2013
"I work on w.9th st and am not looking forward to the disruption. As you say it is already pretty..."
Nancy Reeves
on May 09, 2013
""plus it's fun." Hmm...not how I would describe driving and parking in anywhere west of E 9th..."
Lisa Canter
on May 09, 2013
"That's the point - I am not saying there is anything wrong - I just like having a better..."
Michael Baron
on May 09, 2013
"This Crain's piece lays it out pretty well:   Northeast Ohio Businesses Getting Super-Hero..."
Michael Baron
on May 09, 2013
"whats wrong with money from out of town coming to town? its no panacea, but its all part of the..."
Marc Canter
on May 09, 2013
"Indeed Film Commisions, like Ivan's - have sprouted up around the country.  They offer tax..."

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Lisa Canter
on Jun 17, 2013 - 11:40 pm

Interesting update. Any thoughts?

 
Marc Canter
on May 09, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Indeed Film Commisions, like Ivan's - have sprouted up around the country.  They offer tax incentves to film producers to entice them to come "film here."

It should be pointe dout - that NONE of the jobs created are given to locals - pros are flown in, reducing the "local jobs" mythology to caterers, security guards and extras.

Yes indeed cash is put into the local economy, mainly spent on restaurants, hotels and rentals.  Which to Cleveland - is something.  But take this propaganda with a grain of salt.

 

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Michael Baron
on May 09, 2013

whats wrong with money from out of town coming to town?

its no panacea, but its all part of the story

plus its fun

 

 

 
Lisa Canter
on May 09, 2013

That's the point - I am not saying there is anything wrong - I just like having a better understanding of what the real revenues are. 

 
Nancy Reeves
on May 09, 2013

"plus it's fun."

Hmm...not how I would describe driving and parking in anywhere west of E 9th street in Cleveland this week - and the filming hasn't started yet.  I don't spend a lot of time in downtown Cleveland, but I don't recall a worse mess.  I've ended up driving well out of my way (today I took a side trip to W 20th street, Monday to W 25th street . . . ) before finding my way through the road construction to a parking which wasn't full because half of the spaces were lost to construction.

 
Lisa Canter
on May 10, 2013

I work on w.9th st and am not looking forward to the disruption. As you say it is already pretty chewed up here with some phone lines that are being installed.

I think it is fair that the citizens get to hear about where the money is going to. Afterall - it is our taxes that pay for the roads that we won't be using. 

 
Michael Baron
on May 10, 2013

Lisa:

According to this Cleveland State study, for every dollar the state spends on tax credits, it sees a return of $1.20

Cleveland State University study

I don't know if the CSU study is valid but the study was used by the state as justification for extending and increasing the film tax credit last year

 

Here's a pd editorial on the study:

http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/06/film_tax_credit_--_the_sequel.html

 

 

 
Daryl Rowland
on May 15, 2013

I think you are asking the wrong questions.  The more important question is does film and TV production create a more diverse, vibrant and compelling city -- one that will draw and retain the young, talented people that are the city's future. The answer is yes. If there is a net gain and enormous "soft" non-economic impact, how could it possibly be a bad idea?

More important still, local storytellers will tell the story of Northeast Ohio best to the rest of the country and the world. This is perhaps the most significant value. I know you can't put it on a chart or measure very precisely, but entertainment informs our perceptions, whether we like it or not. Northeast Ohio has to shape its own brand and local production is an essential tool.

 
Lisa Canter
on Jun 01, 2013

All I am asking is that we hear more about what financial benefits - if any - are going to the city  - which is then a gain for all citizens and not just a few businesses  - some of which are not at all local like most of the hotels. 

It is wonderful to see Cleveland in the movies. And there are locals that have been hired to be in the film which is also fantastic. Cleveland has a legacy of good theater and I love the idea of some of our local talent getting parts - no matter how small.

I actually assumed someone would be able to get back to me with a simple answer telling me that Cleveland is getting some fees.  Perhaps the lesson I am learning from this is that even though there is not a direct and obvious path - such as Cleveland metro gets 1 million from renting it's streets - there is benefit in the indirect paths - such as the many extra police officers hired to help direct the traffic - and the side businnesses getting going from helping the film companies once they are here. There have to be some happy caterers in town and it is exciting to see or hear about celebs having coffee in our favorite places.

It has been tough to get to work - but I have managed to find my routes. It seems crazy that there is a lot of street repair going on at the same time as all of this - but even that is good to see because we need our infrastructure.

 
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