In this well-researched piece by Alexander Chung on Alexandria’s Local Kicks website, we learn that Virginia now has $3 million to offer filmmakers as incentives to shoot here, including grants or rebates and exemptions from taxes. The governor’s office told Chung that in 2009, “the direct and indirect impact of Virginia’s motion picture and video production industry was about $346 million and supported more than 2,700 jobs in the state, according to Jeff Caldwell, McDonnell’s press secretary.”
Productions must spend at least $250,000, do at least 50 percent of their shooting in Virginia and include “Filmed in Virginia” and a state logo in the credits, Chung reports. The Virginia Film Office lists more than a dozen feature and TV films or documentaries shot in the state in 2010, and next year Steven Spielberg is coming to shoot his film “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the Great Emancipator and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. That Daniel Day-Lewis can act a little, so that could be good.