Push to expand in-state movie productions

The state is looking at ways to further expand movie productions in Connecticut.

House Speaker Jim Amann Tuesday announced a working group made up of lawmakers, those in the film industry, colleges and the unions. The group?s goal is to develop a plan to take the state to the next level when it comes to the film industry.

Movies have been shooting throughout Connecticut since the state passed a 30 percent tax credit designed to draw filmmakers to the state. The tax credit took effect July of last year.

Oscar-winning producer Howard Baldwin, who lives in Connecticut, says the tax break gets the productions to the area but you also need the people to do the work. Movies that are currently being shot have crews coming up from New York, which costs more than if they were based in the state.

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