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.