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Oklahoma wants to tout Route 66 for Hollywood

The Daily Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma Film and Music Commission is putting together a database for filmmakers looking for movie-shoot locations — including the Mother Road.

The database, which will include photographs and contact information, is expected to go live in the spring. In the meantime, the Film and Music Office is busy getting location photos and information to make it easier for those in the film industry to shoot in Oklahoma. […]

The database allows producers to log into the system, thumb through locations or props and then correspond with staff at the Film and Music Office, said Julie Porter, deputy director […].

“The main draw is the Western landscapes in far western Oklahoma, the panoramic sunsets and Route 66,” Simpson said. […]

Companies filming in Oklahoma can earn a state rebate of 15 percent of production expenses, not to exceed $5 million, if they’re employing Oklahomans.

A somewhat similar tax-credit approach is working well for New Mexico, which has seen a bunch of movie shoots in recent years (including part of the Oscar-winning “No Country for Old Men”).

Reel Scout is the company working on the database. With Oklahoma’s widely varied topography and old-fashioned small towns, the Sooner State should be a good fit for many film productions.

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