I read the article concerning film making in Wyoming, and while I agree with it, I believe there is more to add. I should preface this by saying that I have been a Wyoming filmmaker for over a dozen years, with numerous awards and film festival invitations.
When I first began, I heard that the state was going to hire a company to film several wildlife programs. I inquired as to how I could bid and was told I needed to be an "approved vendor." I jumped through the hoops to become one. However, the project was awarded to a company from Missouri. I was not concerned as I was very new at the time without having much experience. However, over 12 years later, having completed six seasons of a show for PBS, along with two specials, commercials and nearly 100 local programming documentaries, I have yet to receive an inquiry for RFP from any state entity about film projects they are pursuing. Ironically, I have twice received requests from the state of South Dakota asking me to bid on large projects for them. Just last week I was contacted by a production company in Denver asking me to help cast a commercial they were doing for WYDOT. I am not sure of their budget, but what they were offering an actor for two days' work was not chump change. And of course we all know about the half-million dollars for the "World needs more cowboys" campaign going to a Colorado company.
Tax incentives alone will not lure film companies to Wyoming. Building a solid base of film professionals will. I believe the state has been totally negligent in this area. We hear "buy local" and "keep Wyoming dollars in Wyoming" all the time. If we are going to keep it local, the state needs to set a precedent.