Movie sets outside Birmingham show AL becoming a film destination


    Part of Hell on The Border was filmed in Oakman right beside the Bull Pen Steakhouse.

    Movie production is booming in Alabama, and the the filming of a movie in two locations is bringing big attention.

    ABC 33/40 rode up to Walker County to check out on of those sets.

    Tax credits are a big reason "Y'allywood" is becoming so popular and now crews are shooting films outside of Birmingham.

    If you want to make a movie Alabama wants to roll out the red carpet.

    “I think we’re the best kept secret in the world. No sense that Alabama can get as much film industry as anywhere else,” says Bull Corry.

    And movie makers have been doing it all the way out in the country, on Corry's Oakman property in Walker County for the film "Hell on the Border".

    "Our hills are just as pretty as anywhere in the world. It's a great industry and it brings money into the economy," says Corry.

    Including production for the same movie over in Bessemer.

    Corry says when people come to Alabama from Hollywood it's good news for our economy.

    "This is our first major film and I hope it's not our last one," says Corry.

    The Alabama Film Office offers up to $20 million in incentives to production companies bringing business to the state.

    “We do end up being the punchline a lot of times but I think the joke is on them because they don’t know how nice it is here,” Corry says.

    A production company must spend half a million dollars to be eligible.

    The productions approved can be reimbursed for 25% of their qualified expenditures.

    They can also receive 35% reimbursements for salaries of local workers.


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