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More film crews bringing Hollywood to Las Vegas

Posted at 9:29 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 12:29:12-05

The latest Jason Bourne film isn't the only burst of Hollywood in Nevada these days.

The Bourne film premieres July 29 while other Nevada-filmed movies "Frank and Lola" premiered at Sundance and "The Trust" will be at South by Southwest.

Nevada Film Office Director Eric Preiss is watching the trends in Nevada's film industry. The Nevada Film Office started as the Division of Motion Pictures in Nevada in 1982. It works with anyone creating content in the state.

"I don't care if it's a film, YouTube video getting 19 million hits, Netflix, Amazon or Hulu," Preiss said. "What we do is market the state of Nevada to content creators."

He predicts we'll see Nevada on the film, TV and mobile screens more now than ever before.

"We work with over 400 productions a year -- year to year we have anywhere from 25 to 40 feature films filming in and around Nevada," Preiss said.

The Las Vegas area has a wide variety of climates for filmmakers -- desert, snow, water and forest. It also has the Strip.
The fifth Bourne movie starring Matt Damon shut down the Strip in January and February as crews were filming a crash scene.

Dusty intersections and lots around the valley have also brought filmmakers to town. Jon Fondy, Emmy award-winning actor turned producer and director, is one of those Southern Nevada transplants.

After 25 years of grinding in Hollywood, he opened a 30,000-square-feet TV productions and studios last year in Las Vegas.

"Las Vegas has really become the Ellis Island of producers and talent coming from Hollywood and all around who maybe want a little slower lifestyle, a little easier lifestyle," Fondy said.

The permitting is also seen to be easier in Las Vegas. County permits are $45.

All the sweat, steps and time to make a film is also helping nourish the city's tourism.

"When people see Las Vegas on the screen, people say that's Vegas, I want to go there," Preiss said. "We're not doubling for some other place. So we're getting the tourism dollar more than other states would."