Busy city or serene countryside? Snow-clad mountain peaks or national parks? Shimmering lakes or warm deserts? Arizona has it all, leaving you spoilt for choice. Located in the south-western region of the United States, mild winters and hot summers are characteristic of Arizona.
The state’s diverse geography makes it an ideal place for making films. The deserts in the southern part of the state provide a prime location for Westerns. Several films and television Westerns have been filmed at Old Tucson Studios, including 3:10 To Yuma (1957), Cimarron (1960), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), and Rio Bravo (1959).
Phoenix is the capital and largest city in Arizona. The second-largest city is Tucson, followed in size by the eight Phoenix metropolitan area cities of Mesa, Glendale, Chandler, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria, Surprise and then by Yuma in Yuma County.
A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular, breathtaking and massive canyons on the planet. Its huge size and bright landscape is undoubtedly a spectacle to see. Grand Canyon sees more than 5 million tourists every year for activities such as tourism, hiking, rafting and horseback riding.
Located on the border of both Arizona and Utah, Lake Powell is one of the most popular destinations for yatchting in the country. It ithe second-largest manmade reservoirs in the US and is perfectly picturesque for film shoots.
The small town of Greer is almost four hours outside Phoenix and offers beautiful mountains. At an elevation of 8,500 feet, Greer offers you four delightful seasons, each with its own special aura.
Yuma is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. Combine that with the annual influx of snowbirds, seasonal winter visitors, and the sunny, historic Yuma, Arizona, it’s hard not to be smitten.
Tax Incentives for Producing a Motion Picture in Arizona
A company that:
1. Is primarily (more than 50 per cent) engaged in the business of producing motion pictures
2. Has the lawful rights to produce the motion picture
3. Has a physical office and bank account in Arizona
4. Begins production within 90 days of the pre-approval date
5. Spends Arizona production costs of at least $250,000
6. Employs Arizona residents in its motion picture productions. Beginning in 2008, through 2010, at least 50 per cent of the full-time employees working in this state must be Arizona residents
Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) Exemption on:
• Purchased machinery, equipment and other tangible personal property
• Job printing, embossing, engraving and copying
• Leased or rented lodging space
• Sales of catered food, drink and condiments
• Construction contracts for buildings and other structures
Use Tax Exemption
On machinery, equipment and other tangible personal property.
Income Tax Credit
A qualified company may realise the following tax savings:
• TPT exemptions of approximately 6 per cent off on purchases
• Use tax exemptions of approximately 5 per cent off on out-of-state purchases.
• Income tax credits equal to 20 or 30 per cent of the company’s investment in eligible Arizona production costs