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Missouri Film Commission's Big Plan

The Missouri Film Commission will meet later this month to discuss the creation of training programs to prepare Missourians for work in the filmmaking industry. KSMU's Greg Leuthen reports.

A bill on the desk of Governor Matt Blunt would put an extra 9 million dollars in tax credits toward luring production companies into Missouri. Currently, the Film Commission works with only 1.5 million dollars in tax credits, enough to only attract about 5 film productions per year to the state.

Mark Biggs is Chair of the Missouri Film Commission and the interim head of the theatre and dance department at Missouri State University.But Biggs says that if the governor signs the bill, that number will significantly increase.

Biggs says the increase in films would also create many new job opportunities for Missourians who would like to get involved in the filmmaking industry. He also says that if anyone has ever been interested in being a production manager, script supervisor, or actor, many job opportunities will be created if the bill is signed into law.

The Missouri Film Commission will meet at 10am on June 25th at the Hallmark Crown Center in Kansas City. This meeting, as well as all of the Film Commission's meetings, is open to the public.