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In ‘Lone Ranger,’ Utah again looks good for the cameras

Film » Western finds inspiration in Monument Valley and other Utah sites.

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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.

At a glance

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

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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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