The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019: Small Cities and Towns

9. Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island, known as The Ocean State for its scenic bays and inlets, as well as attractions such as the Castle Hill Lighthouse and the historic Newport Tower, is dipping its toe into prestige TV, serving as the locale for a 10-episode AMC series based on Joe Hill’s 2013 supernatural horror novel NOS4A2. Starring Zachary Quinto, it began filming in the fall with an eye toward broadcast in 2019. As for cinema, this year saw the Chazz Palminteri-starring heist film Vault take up production in Providence; cast and crew were spotted filming in the downtown area’s Industrial Trust Building in April. The last few years also saw Providence as production base for films such as November Criminals, a crime drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz.

“The State of Rhode Island is the smallest state with the greatest backlot,” says Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film and TV Office. “Our competitive tax incentive is a transferable credit which has increased from 25 to 30 percent on qualified expenditures and that’s wonderful news for moviemakers and our talented local workforce in front of the camera and behind.” There’s a minimum spend of $100,000 and no project caps or restrictions on below-the-line workers.

Don Johnson poses with actress Pamela Jayne Morgan on the set of Vault. Image Courtesy of Dos Dudes Pictures and Verdi Productions.

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5 Comments

  1. T. Bender

    August 27, 2019 at 6:46 am

    After working on such films as MI 3, Transformers 1 & 2, WindTalkers, Operation Dumbo Drop, Speed 2 and other films along with such TV series The Unit, Threshold, and Space Above and Beyond. My wife and I now call the Knoxville area home. I also had a great time doing commercials.
    Now retired for many years.
    The Knoxville area is a great place to shoot lending itself to all film genres be it action adventure, sci-fi, comedy or drama. One might call the Knoxville area a blend of old with the new.

  2. Michelle Daniels

    February 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Cumming, Georgia is a great film city too! There’s so much filming happening there and it’s a small suburb just north of Atlanta. Ozark called this city home – there’s other productions that have discovered it, too.

  3. Pearl Spa KC

    January 24, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Kansas City rocks!`

  4. Rebecca Gibson

    January 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Winnipeg! Not to brag, but there is about to be a BOOM here. The community is amazing, so welcoming to production (not burned). The architecture is glorious, there are four beautiful seasons, the crews are not only competent – but tenacious and deeply talented. There is a tax credit unparalleled in any other Canadian centre that was made permanent by the provincial government 2 days ago. Great hospitality, diverse people – strong and experienced producers. It’s the world’s best kept secret in film, and it’s only getting better.

    • Eric C Oveson

      January 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      That is interesting, had no idea.I am sensing there is going to be a big change overall in the industry too, like how many times can you see a film and it’s LA or New York ?

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