Lights, camera, revenue: Making movies in Dayton


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Another film crew is using the Gem City as a backdrop bringing the Miami Valley increased attention and income.

Hollywood actor Don Cheadle’s new “Miles Ahead” movie was filming a scene in downtown Dayton Friday night.

2 NEWS was on the set to find out why movies are dropping the paparazzi and picking up the Buckeyes.

Karri O’Reilly, a line producer for several major movies told 2 NEWS it is all in the tax incentives.

O’Reilly said the incentives are relatively new and only are given after a production company can prove that they have spent the money and provided jobs.

“We were one of the very last states to announce one,” she said” “That’s good and that’s bad. That’s good because we were able to learn from the mistakes of other states.”

Recently Ohio doubled its tax incentive to lure production companies to the area – a major reason why Ohioans are seeing major motion pictures roll in.

She said getting big time Hollywood movies to come to Ohio should be heralded as a win for the area.

“Filming in the community makes the community a little sexier.”

O’Reilly said a single movie can employ hundreds of locals. She recalled what made shooting scenes in Ohio unique.

“When we were doing “Carol” in Cincinnati, Kate Blanchett would walk down the street and go get coffee. That doesn’t happen every day and that is an exciting thing.”

O’Reilly says this year has been a banner year for the state of Ohio in major film productions. Including the Don Cheadle movie, four major movies will be set in the Buckeye state this year.

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