"Tug" wraps shooting; Other films need crews

5:40 AM, Jul 28, 2008   |    comments
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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland based Tic Tock Studios is wrapping up its first major project the movie "Tug" which was shot in Holland.

The film makers are among the first to take advantage of Michigan's new film incentive program.

The movie's producer, Hopwood DePree, said they are thrilled with how well things worked out shooting here in Michigan.

"Yeah we've been shooting the last month and it's been fantastic," DePree said.

Saturday was the last day of shooting for Tug.

"A lot of people have been calling us asking us how it's going and we've really been pleased with it so we'll definitely continue to bring more production to the state," DePree said.

Production that probably would not happen without the state's tax incentives.

"You really start to see how bringing a new industry like film making to Michigan can really help by employing people by pouring millions into the economy," DePree said.  "We're definitely seeing that.  It's the hotel rooms. It's the caterers and the clothing shops. There is one thing after another. Movies come in and they spend, spend, spend and it really benefits everybody."

City Flats Hotel in Holland has reaped many of those benefits.  Several of the actors and crew members stayed at the hotel while shooting the movie.
 
"Having them here for six weeks has obviously been a good thing on the books," said front desk associate James Wendland.

Wendland says it has also been great publicity for the new hotel that opened in December.
 
"And the relationship has been very good so we hope the next time they have some people in town they bring them here," said Wendland.

That could happen sooner rather than later. DePree said they are looking to bring several more projects to Michigan within six months to a year.

During the shooting of Tug, the filmmakers hired 15 actors and 13 crew members from Michigan.

DePree says they've also started a program to re-train unemployed manufacturing workers to do behind the scenes work on other movies.

He says they plan to finish editing Tug in about 10 weeks and hope to premiere it at the Sundance Film Festival in January of next year. A few of the films begin principal shooting soon and are looking for crews.

To learn more about the opportunities, click on the link to the Michigan Film Office.

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