The movie industry is big business. Each year, blockbuster movies make millions of dollars for production companies and film stars in the United States, but that is not where the economic benefits end.
Large scale film productions, especially those filmed on location, can create much-needed jobs. Local residents can continue to reap the benefits long after a film is released thanks to increased tourist revenue and exposure.
State governments are aware of this. Many are now offering incentives to entice producers to film in their state. Students in the Master of Taxation graduate program at Villanova University study ways to use tax incentives to draw productions. Making a movie can be an expensive business, so even a small tax incentive can go a long way.