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Visit the set of any film being shot in and around Orlando and
you're likely to see Michael Finn. A veteran assistant director, he
has been on local productions from "The Waterboy" in 1998 to "The
Final Destination" in 2009. It's finding work here that's always a
So Finn often ends up traveling to Tennessee or Michigan,
California or Utah, "where the work is." But these days Finn is
back in Central Florida working on a local project, thanks in part
to the Florida Legislature's approval of $53.5 million to fund
film-business incentive credits this year. That's more than double
the amount of previous incentives and will total $242 million
during the next five years.
From "Flipper" to "Miami Vice," from "The Yearling" to "Bad Boys
II," Florida has a long history in film and television. But
companies have been increasingly looking elsewhere over the past
decade, drawn by states that offer generous incentive programs.
Florida is now ready to compete with its own tax credit program
that both business leaders and public officials believe will help
the state rebuild one of its legacy industries.