Why It's So Hard to Make a Movie: Q&A with Filmmaker Joe Gressis


This Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony will be held in Hollywood as usual, but it's increasingly common for Hollywood films to be produced outside California or even outside the United States.

Filmmaker Joe Gressis isn't surprised when Hollywood productions leave the Golden State. He's surprised when they stay. "The fact that we remain here is kind of ridiculous," says the three-time Emmy-nominated Gressis.

Reason.tv's Tim Cavanaugh sat down with Gressis, a founding partner of Secret Handshake Productions, to talk about runaway film production and the headaches of making movies in California (or anywhere else, for that matter).

Topics include: tax incentives, the benefits of shooting in Hong Kong, and why Gressis admires Michael Bay.

Approximately 10 minutes.

Shot by Zach Weissmueller, Paul Detrick, and Alex Manning. Edited by Detrick.

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