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But where Utah didn’t triumph over New Mexico on quantity, Moore said, it did well in terms of quality. In addition to the scenes shot at Monument Valley, Utahns will be able to identify Moab-area locations at Dead Horse Point, Fossil Point (also known as "Thelma & Louise Point") and Professor Valley. Moore said there are scenes shot in New Mexico that, thanks to computer-aided post-production, have Utah backgrounds.
The Western vistas of "The Lone Ranger" benefit Utah in ways other film productions do not, Moore said. "Not every film will give you the wild expanse, the visual images that ‘The Lone Ranger’ will give you," Moore said.
Film production incentives — by the state
Many states offer tax credits, rebates and other incentives to Hollywood film productions. Here’s a list of the major tax credit and rebate programs (eligibility requirements differ from state to state; some states cap their incentives; where rates vary, the maximum available rate is listed):
42 percent » Michigan
37 percent » Oklahoma
35 percent » Missouri
32 percent » Tennessee
31 percent » West Virginia
30 percent » Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Washington
25 percent » Alabama, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Wisconsin
22 percent » Florida
20 percent » Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina
17 percent » Texas
15 percent » Arkansas, Wyoming
14 percent » Montana
12 percent » Maine
10 percent » Colorado
Variable » Virginia
None » Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont
Source: Motion Picture Association of America
Moore cited the Will Smith science-fiction drama "After Earth," which shot location footage in the same red-rock areas of southern Utah just weeks before "The Lone Ranger" came through the state. But the footage, showing the colonized planet where Smith and the other earthlings live, didn’t have the same impact.
"In ‘After Earth,’ [Utah] made a cameo. In ‘The Lone Ranger,’ we have a starring role," Moore said.
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