With a coastline as its USP and a basket of tax incentives, the Garden Statein the US is a filmmaker’s paradise
New Jersey is a state in the North-Eastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States and is popularly called the Garden State. It isbordered on the north and east by thestate of New York, on the south-east andsouth by the Atlantic Ocean, on the westby Pennsylvania and on the south-westby Delaware. New Jersey lies mostlywithin the sprawling metropolitan areasof New York City and Philadelphia.It is a state of compact geography and stunning diversity. Almost every type ofarchitecture and terrain can be foundwithin its borders. Mountains, flatlands, forests, swampland and the renowned Jersey Shore provide filmmakers with a dazzling array of landscapes. And whether your script calls for a grittyur ban environment or a peaceful,picture-perfect suburb, a quaint historicalsetting or a patch of rural America,New Jersey offers abundant choices.New Jersey’s crown jewel remains a130-mile coastline, spanning from SandyHook to Cape May.
The unmatchedbeaches boast beautiful barrier islandsand bays dotted with majestic lighthouses, fishing villages and scenic views.Down the Shore means there’s something for everyone. Among New Jersey’smost treasured prizes are the white sand beaches that tempt you to enjoythe surf, sand, sun, fun and excitement.Many towns feature bustling boardwalkswith rides, amusement and non-stop excitement. Climate As with many other geographic features, New Jersey’s climate divides into regions.The south, central, and north-east partsof the state have a humid climate, while the north-west has a continental climate,with slightly cooler temperatures due tohigher elevation. New Jersey receives between 2,400 and 2,800 hours of sunshine annually.Summers are typically hot and humid, with state-wide average high temperaturesof 28–31 °C and lows of 16–21 °C. Winters are usually cold, with average high temperatures of 3–8 °C and lows of-3–0 °C. Spring and autumn may havewide temperature variations, with lowerhumidity than summer.
20 PER CENT TAX CREDIT PROG RAMFOR FILMMAKERS
New Jersey offers a tax credit in anamount equal to 20 per cent of qualified production expenses, available to production companies meeting certaincriteria, chiefly:(1) At least 60 per cent of the total expenses of a project, exclusive of postproductioncosts, will be incurred forservices performed and goods used orconsumed in New Jersey (2) Principal photography of a projectcommences within 150 days after theapproval of the application for the credit.
EDISON INNOVATION DIGITAL MEDIA TAX CREDIT PROGRAM
New Jersey offers a 20 per cent corporationbusiness tax credit, for qualifiedexpenses incurred by New Jerseytechnology companies involved with theproduction of digital media content.
EXEMPTION FROM NEW JERSEY’S 7 PER CENT SALES TAX
Certain tangible property used directlyand primarily in the production of filmsand television programsis exempt from NewJersey’s 7 per centsales tax. This tangibleproperty includes thepurchase of replacementparts for machinery,tools and othersupplies, the purchaseof lumber and hardwareto build sets, therental of picture cars,the purchase or rentalof other types of props,and costs related to therepair of camera andlighting equipment.
New Jersey contains 21 counties and 566 municipalities. Each city and town has its own unique regulations pertaining to film production. As a rule, filmmakers working in New Jersey are required to carry general liability insurance.Additional insurance may be required of crews using pyrotechnic effects or performing stunts. Typically, production companies are asked to present certificates of insurance naming property owners as additional insured. Further, property owners must be relieved of allliability in connection with productionwork taking place on their respective locations.Many cities and towns in the statehave no formal permit procedure. However,permits are generally required for filming such locations as county, stateand national parks and historic sites,state and county highways, railroad and airport terminals and military posts.