An article in Philadelphia magazine Main Line Today details the city's growing appeal as a location for Hollywood filmmakers. Among them this year may be the cast and crew of 'Transformers 2'.
"The film industry is [an] increasingly lucrative [thing] for government to em-brace," says [Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office]. "We already have a reputation as the most cooperative and film-friendly city in the business. Having these tax incentives adds to our attraction. Right now, we’re looking at applications for six to eight films to begin in June, and more to follow."
The not-so-top-secret list includes 'Remorse', 'Three Sistas', [M. Night] Shyamalan’s 'Avatar' series, a film based on 'Marley and Me' and possibly 'Transformers 2'. The GPFO website (film.org) is a good gauge of its commitment to making filmmaking a collective experience while enhancing Philly’s reputation as a movie-friendly city with manageable amounts of red tape. "How to" services are offered free of charge and cover everything from hiring a police officer to getting a street closed. There are numerous resources, including screenwriting contests, a job hotline and profiles spotlighting the city’s filmmakers.