NORTH COAST- Independent filmmakers in Del Norte County are currently working on a Bigfoot movie called “Primal Rage.” But officials with the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission say this production is just part of a strong start to 2015.
So far this year, 12 film and TV productions have shown interest to the Commission about filming on the North Coast. Last year, during the same time frame, seven productions demonstrated interest. Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission representatives say additional tax incentives for California productions, which take effect this summer, is one reason for the higher number of inquires. They say the other reason is the Familiarity Tours that were held last September, where Hollywood location managers toured the North Coast. Officials say this increased interest benefits the local economy.
"It's a great opportunity for us to have another type of resource to come into the area. We also have a bonus effect outside of that from people seeing these movies or commercials or magazines that highlight Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, because outside people, tourists if you will, want to come to these areas and see the beautiful trees that they're viewing in a movie or a magazine," said Cassandra Hesseltine, the Commissioner of the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission.