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I'm afraid letter writer Brian Olson has pretty well nailed it with regard to the prospects for big-time film and other media production in Colorado ("What's the Incentive", Aug. 25, 2017 issue). Such lofty promises of "bringing Hollywood" to the state have come and gone over the years.
Colorado Studios was an attempt in the 1990s to generate interest with a couple of larger sound stages. Colorado's Hollywood, also dating from the 1990s, was a prescient, if somewhat naïve, attempt to capitalize on then-primitive internet content production before Hollywood or New York caught on (I was co-creator of the initiative, shopped around to media outlets, education units and the state). Anything from a couple of decades ago sound familiar? All withered on the vine as the real product differentiator for the state's interest in attracting production - incentive money - languished in small amounts and dwindled in the state legislature.
The result? Colorado's $750,000 incentive budget competes with New Mexico's $50 million carrot. No contest. Except for an occasional foray like Tarantino's trip to Telluride to get exterior mountain shots for "Hateful Eight," those in the local industry will have to be content with turning out little independent films and commercials for some time to come.
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