SALT LAKE CITY — A bill providing tax credits valued at $5 million annually to companies that stay in Utah to complete post-production work on movies squeaked through the Senate Wednesday.
The sponsor of SB185, Sen. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi, said filming a movie is a "flash in the pan" compared to what happens after the shoot, including film editing, sound mixing, visual effects and animation.
"Those are the long-term jobs," Anderegg said.
Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, was among the senators voting against the bill that passed 15-10 and now goes to the House. Fiillmore questioned what the state was getting for the incentive.3 comments on this story
The same tax credit, up to 20 percent of operating expenses, that's already available for movies filmed in Utah can be seen as marketing the state to theatergoers around the country, he said.
"You can consider that an investment in tourism," Fillmore said. "This post production, I don’t think you can make that argument."
Anderegg said while the bill allows credits of up to 20 percent, the "vast majority" of the post-production credits would be closer to 5 percent because they are based on the size of the production.