Detroit's DTW Airport Now Open for Filmmakers
If you’re passing through DTW today, keep an eye out for George Clooney. The A-lister will be filming a scene for his latest movie, “Up in Air” in one of four terminals the airport has made available for filmmakers.
Michigan is currently offering a 42 percent tax credit to filmmakers who choose their state as a filming location, making Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport very attractive to cost conscience movie producers. To accommodate potential movie projects, the airport has two completely new terminals, McNamara and North, that are open to filmmakers and two others that are no longer in use but can still be used for filming, Smith and Berry.
These two terminals are ideal for set designers because all of the ticket counters, phone booths, luggage carousels, restaurants and coffee shops remain but because they are no longer in use so they can be customized to fit whatever is called for in the script.
The McNamara and North Terminals are still active but according to Scott Witner, Public Affairs Specialist at the Wayne County Airport Authority, the airport will allow productions into the terminals to film as needed and he points out, they are the only airport that will do this.
"Part of the reason is we have so much capacity here. We don't have the overcrowding that most airports have in the country. That was well-planned. I mean that was intentional. As a result, we've got room to allow our facilities to be used in a number of different ways."
Filmmakers only have a couple more years to take advantage of this unique location. As of right now, the Smith and Berry Terminals are scheduled to be torn down eventually, the county is just waiting on the funding needed to do so.
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