Dublin moves forward as “Film Friendly” community

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Rachel Tuggle

TheFlashToday.com

DUBLIN (July 18, 2016)- The Chamber of Commerce is moving forward in the process of finding productions to film now that Dublin is a Texas Film Commission certified “film friendly” town. Last Monday the Dublin City Council approved the newest Dublin Chamber of Council staff member Julia Broussard’s brainchild of certifying Dublin as one of the 90 plus communities certified in Texas.

“I’m going to shake this tree and see what falls out,” Broussard said. “We are going to use the process that is in place and work within it. I’m almost positive that we are going to get some feedback because of the locations that we have.”

This idea has been close to Broussard’s heart since before she moved to Dublin. She first brought the idea to Arlington, but they were uninterested.

“On my bucket list there is to go see a movie and, when the credits roll, my name is on it,” Broussard said. “So, when I came to Dublin, one of the things I’ve noticed is the uniqueness of some of the buildings and some of the areas.”

Broussard watched the State of Texas’ website to see when the required certification workshop would next be held and convinced Dublin Chamber of Commerce president Luanne Schexnider to attend with her.

“We went to the seminar because you have to, in order to become a certified film friendly town, attend the seminar and go through the training,” Broussard said. “Then you have to go before the city council, which I did Monday night, and they approved. So, now we will start submitting photographs of the locations, and we will start inviting production and location people down.”

As a film friendly town, the Texas Film Commission will work with Dublin to “accommodate on-location filming and market [the community] as [a] filming destination” according to the TFC website.

“[Having filming companies] will improve the economy because one of the incentives that is done through the state of Texas [the Production Incentive] is they have to use 70 percent of their dollars here and 60 percent of their payroll has to come here if possible,” Broussard said. “Also, in addition to that, Dublin is outside the 30-mile DFW radius. So, that means that a production using our town gets an extra 15 percent [grant] from the state for using what is considered an underutilized place.”

In addition to the revenue coming from the film companies, Broussard stated that finding the right kind of film, such as the popular show “The Walking Dead,” can bring tourists to Dublin.

“In New Mexico, there are whole tours built up around [The Walking Dead],” Broussard said. “They come to look at the sites and all kinds of stuff. If you get the right vehicle in here, you can get tourist dollars.”

The best way for Dublin residents to help in this process is to allow film crews to use their properties as filming locations and understand that there may be some traffic inconveniences if a film crew needs to shoot on the street.

“Just be accommodating so that the first film crew comes in here and can say, “Wow, what a great experience it was filming in Dublin,”” Broussard said. “Everything is in place to make this successful, so we can bring needed dollars and attention to this area.”

 

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