Film Incentives Approved for ‘Moontrap,’ ‘Crash Course’


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Moontrap: Target Earth and Crash Course are the two latest films to be approved for incentives from the state. While Moontrap will receive $192,347 on $607,721 of projected in-state expenditures, Crash Course has been allotted $73,995 on $282,649 of in-state expenditures.

Filming in Troy, Detroit, and the region, Moontrap: Target Earth follows the story of a 14,000-year-old spacecraft discovered at an excavation site, ultimately leading the film’s heroes to the moon where they encounter robotic intelligence. The project is expected to hire nearly 60 Michigan workers.

Crash Course is a documentary based on the book Engines of Change by Paul Ingrassia, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Detroit bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal. The film will address the ebb and flow of the U.S. automotive industry, with interviews and scenes filmed in Detroit, Auburn Hills, Highland Park, Dearborn, and Flint.

“Our talented workforce and competitive incentive program support a wide variety of projects in Michigan — from feature films and documentaries like Moontrap: Target Earth and Crash Course — to digital media and video game development,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office.

“We are pleased that both of these projects are also planning to tap into the post-production services available right here in Michigan,” O’Riley adds.

So far this fiscal year, seven projects have been awarded a total of $41 million on nearly $155 million of approved production expenditures. 

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