Filmmaking in Illinois

12 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017

Date Written: January 5, 2015


The focus of this article is to provide guidance for general practitioners and entertainment attorneys in independent filmmaking. In addition, the tax benefits of filming in the State of Illinois are highlighted.

The purpose of this article is to set out basic information and guidance for general practitioners, entertainment attorneys, filmmakers in general and independent filmmakers in particular, to avoid potential minefields.

Independent filmmaking where producers work outside the Hollywood studio system requires a detailed plan, a bevy of contracts and creativity to attract financing and successful production.

Attorneys are a crucial part of the production team at the very beginning. Filmmakers regularly need legal advice and protection in the form of written contracts such as clearances, releases, licenses and much more.

Keywords: Filmmaking, Illinois Filmmaking, Copyrights, Intellectual Property, Contracts

Suggested Citation

Johnson, James A., Filmmaking in Illinois (January 5, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

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