Tax credit means more movies could come film in NJ

Posted: Updated:
NEWARK -

Television and movie producers say that filming their projects in New Jersey is a viable option once again thanks to new tax credits.

Producer Gretchen McGowan says that her upcoming feature film is set in the Pacific Northwest. But she says that she is looking to shoot parts of it in the Garden State.

“I’ve been waiting for this tax credit to be initiated,” she says. “I’m thrilled.”

McGowan visited the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission in Newark. The commission helps productions find shooting locations in New Jersey. The office’s walls are lined with posters of movies shot in the state, such as “The Dark Knight” series and “The Hunger Games.”

But the commission’s director says that major production had all but dried up when the tax credits were discontinued several years ago.

“The industry is just thrilled to death,” says director Steven Gorelick. “They’re just coming screaming into the state.”

RELATED: New “Joker” movie looking for paid extras for New Jersey filming

The movie “Joker,” based on the Batman villain of the same name, is set to begin filming this weekend in Jersey City. It will be one of the first major films to start shooting in the state since the 35 percent tax credit resumed this July. 

“It’s a definite savings for film companies and enables their production dollar to go further,” Gorelick says.

Productions must agree to spend either $1 million or 60 percent of their production budget in New Jersey to qualify for the tax credit.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Aftermath of shooting that left 4 dead in Brooklyn

    Aftermath of shooting that left 4 dead in Brooklyn

    Gunfire broke out inside an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn early Saturday, police said, leaving four people dead, three wounded, and investigators trying to piece together what prompted the bloodshed.
    Gunfire broke out inside an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn early Saturday, police said, leaving four people dead, three wounded, and investigators trying to piece together what prompted the bloodshed.
  • Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
  • Just Married in New Jersey

    Just Married in New Jersey

    News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding.News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding.

    News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding. If you were married in the past 90 days, please submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram using #JustMarriedNJ.  

    News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding. If you were married in the past 90 days, please submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram using #JustMarriedNJ.  

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."