You just follow the money. What happens is that you’re faced with a situation of shooting somewhere you want to shoot, versus somewhere you’d less rather shoot — and you get an extra three weeks of filming. It comes down to the fact that you have x amount of money to make your movie in a business where margins are really thin.” — Ben Affleck, on making films in Georgia over Hollywood, CA.
Few industries are more dominated by the left-wing political mindset than the film business. Despite the previous truth, filmmakers are ever in search of the lowest-cost way to produce their art. As the Affleck quote from above reveals in living color, lefty Hollywood follows the money, or better yet, the best tax deal. The super-rich industry that almost monolithically supports tax hikes on the rich is always and everywhere in search of the lowest taxes possible.
Taxes are a price, or a penalty levied on production. In that case it’s no coincidence that so many movies are nowadays shot in Georgia. Hollywood’s best and brightest seek the lowest tax price (or better yet, the best tax incentive) to maximize profits in an industry defined by shrinking margins. The Peach State is very competitive on the tax front.
All of this is a reminder that when it comes to their verbal support for lofty wage minimums, the left speak with a forked tongue. Their commercial actions don’t match their redistributionist rhetoric. More important, their pursuit of that which most fattens their margins indicates that they well understand a broader truth that wage floors, or minimum wages are, in isolation, a barrier to work opportunity. High wage minimums price out certain workers must as high rates of taxation increasingly price out certain idyllic states — including California — as filming locales.
“You just follow the money. What happens is that you’re faced with a situation of shooting somewhere you want to shoot, versus somewhere you’d less rather shoot — and you get an extra three weeks of filming.