Wes Benton, president of Red Planet Entertainment, said the film incentive program is probably the best in the country because its a cash rebate, rather than a tax rebate.
The investor gets his
money back quicker, Benton
had to bring in some crew members from other states to work on Rites of Spring, but hes currently working with partners across the state to promote the movie industry.
Our goal is to create that workforce so that Mississippi realizes all the revenue potential of the films coming, he
Hes offering classes throughout the spring for aspiring lighting grips, assistant directors, production assistants and script supervisors.
Filmmakers usually have a natural incentive to use local crew, Benton
said, because locals dont need a per diem allowance for living expenses.
Even that doesnt always work out in Mississippi, said Benton