Film

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New Jersey is the birthplace of the film industry. In late 1880s and early 1890s, Thomas Edison and his team invented the kinetograph (a motion picture camera) and kinetoscope (forerunner of the film projector) in West Orange, NJ. Edison built the world’s first film production studio, “The Black Maria” on the grounds of his laboratory.

Before Hollywood, in the early 1890s, Fort Lee, NJ was the silent film capital of the world. There were as many as 17 major studios located here, including Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Fort Lee’s forests, farms, waterfalls and rolling hills were perfect for capturing diverse landscapes. Best of all, NY/NJ metro area talent was readily available.

New Jersey still has those crucial assets studios are looking for, and more. Here you’ll find incentives with incredible value, experienced crew members, and our full cooperation with your production.

New Jersey’s rich motion picture history sets the stage for the future success. Join us in the next next era of storytelling.

A FILM LOCATION WITH CHARACTER

Even though New Jersey is the fourth smallest state, we’re one of the most topographically diverse in the nation. From the iconic Jersey Shore, to bucolic farms, Kittatinny Mountains, and the New York City skyline, we have urban, rural and everything in between. New Jersey is full of natural beauty, and one of the only states that can replicate any other region in the country.

The best cinematography is captured in New Jersey. Our State’s diverse landscapes and settings serve not only as backdrop but also lend a rich texture, historical context, mood, and style to any production. The Sopranos, House, Law & Order, OZ, Friday the 13th, Malcom X, A Beautiful Mind, and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen were all filmed here. Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix and NBC’s The Enemy Within recently wrapped in New Jersey. Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix and NBC’s The Enemy Within recently wrapped in New Jersey, with many more films currently in production.

TOP ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TALENT, UNPARALLELED ACCESSIBILITY

New Jersey is home to the most concentrated film and television professionals outside of California. Screenwriters, set designers, caterers—it takes a village to create a full-scale production. New Jersey’s vast network of vendors and support services make that possible.

As one of the most connected states in the Northeast, cast and crew can travel with ease. Newark Liberty International Airport and surrounding airports offer nonstop daily flights to 110 U.S. cities and services more than 130 international destinations. New Jersey’s extensive mass transit system includes New Jersey Transit, PATH and Amtrak trains

BEST INVESTMENT ON THE EAST COAST

New Jersey’s robust film tax credit provides exceptional value and allows filmmakers to “put the money up on the screen” while staying within budget. The tax credit, awarded by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), is equal to 30 percent of qualified film production expenses in northern New Jersey, or 35 percent of qualified film production expenses incurred for services performed and tangible personal property purchased through vendors whose primary place of business is located in southern New Jersey counties.

In New Jersey you’ll find high quality industry talent at affordable rates. New Jersey falls within the New York Studio Film Zone located in the 25-mile radius around Columbus Circle.

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VALUES THAT MATTER

In synchrony with our values, New Jersey is championing a more inclusive and diverse business model in film and TV. That’s why we’re one of the few states with a film tax credit that includes a 2% diversity bonus for qualified plans to hire women and minorities for key creative positions and production crew. New Jersey is the 4th most diverse state in the nation, and equity is a part of our State’s fabric. We believe diversity is our greatest strength, and that plurality of backgrounds produces new ideas that spur innovation and authentic storytelling. 

New Jersey is committed to social responsibility. We believe LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. We lead by example with progressive labor practices including $15/hour minimum wage and the strongest equal pay law in America. We are making our communities safer with stricter gun laws. We are putting our environ­mental priorities first with the goal of 100% clean energy by 2050.

RED CARPET TREATMENT

The New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission offers a full range of concierge services, including tax credit assistance, scouting film locations and securing production services. The Commission maintains an exten­sive library of location photos depicting sites throughout the State, and an online production services directory listing for each county. Our communities are camera-ready. Here you’ll find a pro-film environ­ment with cooperative municipalities, transportation and park systems.

Film Tax Credit Program

New Jersey’s robust film tax credit program provides exceptional value and allows filmmakers to “put the money up on the screen” while staying within budget. The tax credit, awarded by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), is equal to 30 percent of qualified film production expenses, or 35 percent of qualified film production expenses incurred for services performed and tangible personal property purchased through vendors whose primary place of business is located in southern New Jersey counties. 

Eligibility

Be a feature film, TV series or show of 22 minutes or more in length intended for a national audience

Meet One of the Following

60 percent of the total production expenses incurred (excluding post-production) are services and goods purchased through authorized NJ vendors OR qualified production expenses incurred in NJ exceed $1 million

Required

  • End credits include “Filmed in New Jersey” logo
  • Principal photography starts within 180 days of application or 150 days of NJEDA board approval

Reality shows, which are otherwise ineligible for the Film Tax Credit, may be eligible if the production company of the reality show owns, leases, or otherwise occupies a production facility of at least 20,000 square feet in an Urban Enterprise Zone for at least two years and makes a capital investment of at least $3 million in that facility.

2% Diversity Tax Credit Bonus

In synchrony with our values, New Jersey is championing a more inclusive and diverse business model in film and TV. That’s why we’re one of the few states with a film tax credit that includes a 2% diversity bonus for plans to hire woman and minorities for key creative positions and production crew.

As part of the film tax credit application, submit a diversity plan to NJEDA for approval, which should include:

  • Intent to prioritize actively recruiting and hiring African Americans, Hispanic, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and women in all areas of production of the film, specifically production crew and staff, entry level positions, management positions and talent-related positions
  • A hiring goal of no less than 15 percent of total film production to be women and minority persons
  • Indicating whether and, if so, how the applicant intends to participate in training, education and recruitment programs that are organized in cooperation with New Jersey state colleges and universities, labor organizations, and the motion picture industry. Such cooperation is encouraged but not required.
  • Description of efforts to ensure equal employment opportunities in recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion and training
  • An explanation of specific actions to ensure equal opportunities for key creative positions including producer, director, screenwriter, highest paid lead performer and art director.

Diversity plans are reviewed and approved by the NJEDA and New Jersey Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

More information and program applications can be found here.

Select Movies/TV Shows Filmed in New Jersey

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1 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2003
2 I Am Legend              2007
3 Law & Order SVU 2009
4 National Treasure 2004
5 OZ 2002
6 Project Runway 2016
7 Rescue Me 2005
8 Succession          2018
9 The Irishman 2007
10 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015

For the full list of productions filmed in New Jersey, please visit the NJ Motion Picture and Television Commission.

Trailers

Resources

New Jersey Film Booklet


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