It seems to me that sometimes this state has a hard time promoting that idea that movies are big business and bring jobs to this state. Usually we get reports after the fact or when the movie opens. In the case of "Superman: Man of Steel," our governor finally took time out to laud the jobs and money it brought to the state. The movie wraps this weekend in Chicago. However, Plano and Oswego played a major role in this production and we heard nothing then. Well, unless you followed this site as we posted many stories, pics and links, as the production progressed. I contend, that no matter the film, whether it's a blockbuster or an indie project, it's all good. Plus, it doesn't really matter if the film, when released is any good. It was made here and provided money, jobs and a chance for many to experience Hollywood in their backyard.
Take a glance at these releases:
- Governor Pat Quinn visited the production set of the new Superman movie Man of Steel to highlight the impact the film industry is having on the Illinois economy. Illinois’ film industry saw a record $161 million in spending in 2010, a 54 percent increase from 2009, and resulted in more than 8,000 job hires. Approximately 550 people in Illinois are being hired for Man of Steel alone.
- As the film Contagion plays, the Illinois Film Office (IFO) highlighted the strong economic impact the movie has had on the state economy. The movie, partially filmed in Illinois, generated approximately
$12.5 million in spending in the state and generated roughly 250 jobs during production, as well as jobs for extras.
- As Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon made huge BO, the Illinois Film Office (IFO) highlighted the strong economic impact the movie had on the state economy. The movie, which was partially filmed in Illinois last year, generated approximately $24 million in spending in the state and provided 400 jobs during production, in addition to extras that were hired as part of the film.
- "Public Enemies" generated $46.7 million.
- "The Dark Knight" brought in roughly $40 million.
The following is just 2010:
Note: With Oprah creating her OWN network out west, her studio is not empty. Rosie O'Donnell, who has said she has toned down the negativity, is in that studio.
"American Greed" Kurtis Productions, TV Series
"American Greed Special- Bernie Madoff" Kurtis Productions, TV Special
"ATF" Woodridge Productions Inc, TV Pilot
"Cash Queens" Varuna Entertainment, TV Series
"Chicago Code" 20th Century Fox, TV Series
"CNBC Biography: Hugh Hefner" Kurtis Productions
"Colombiana" Colombian Inc., Feature Film
"Contagion" The Keres Corporation, Feature Film
"The Dilemma" Heartless Productions LLC,
Feature Film "First 48 Missing Persons"
Found Films LLC, TV Series
"Judge Jeanine Pirro" AND Syndicated Productions.
"Marachi Gringo" Marachi Gringo LLC, Independent Film "Matadors"
Woodridge Productions Inc, TV
Pilot "My Strange Addiction" Intersport Inc, TV Series
"Pleading Guilty" 20th Century Fox, TV Pilot "Shakey" Amarok Productions,
Independent Film "Shameless" Bonanza Productions Inc, TV
Series "Source Code" Beleaguered Castle Film Production Inc, Feature
Film"The Squeeze" Intersport Inc, TV Series
"Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon" DW Studios Productions LLC,
"The Vow" Vow Productions LLC, Independent Film
"Judge Mathis" AND Syndicated Productions, Inc, TV Series
"Life Lessons" Boom Thrift, Independent Film
"LOL" LOL Productions LLC, Independent Film
Additional source: Illinois Film Office