How would you like to be paid by a state (and sometimes also a city) just for shooting there?
One indispensible method of funding films is through the use of state production incentives, the most significant of which are tax credits. Broadly speaking, a tax credit is money paid by a state to the filmmaker for shooting (and incurring expenses) in that state. Cities and states offer these incentives to encourage film production within their borders; in fact, production incentives are conditional upon a certain percentage of the film's budget being spent in that state. In addition to tax credits, other state production incentives include relief ...