The Oklahoma Film and Music Office is one of the busiest arms of the Oklahoma Tourism Department. They continually and effectively promote Oklahoma as one of the best places in the country to choose to film for television, studio, and independent film makers. By promoting the attractive incentives provided by the State of Oklahoma they are keeping our state on the top of the list of locations for film makers of all types. The advantages to having these folks come to the state to film are myriad, from visibility to financial. Last year, these incentives brought about $34 million in production funds to the state of Oklahoma.
To that end, they did us the great service of bringing executives from some of the biggest studios in the nation to see Guthrie on their two-day tour of our state. Studio executives from Amblin (think Steven Spielberg), Disney (think Mickey Mouse), HBO (think Game of Thrones), and Universal (think oldest surviving film studio in the United States) converged on Guthrie Wednesday to get the feel of the coolest town in Oklahoma.
The group, led by Oklahoma Film and Music senior staff, arrived at The Dominion House Wednesday morning. Taking a First Capital Trolley tour of town along with various city officials and generally awesome citizens, they were overheard remarking about how impressed they were. After the tour they returned to The Dominion House to enjoy a lunch which was co-sponsored by the nonprofit SOD and The Logan County Historical Society. The visit sponsor was Guthrie Chamber of Commerce.
Trey Ayers, Dominion House owner said, “We were glad to have them here. It’s what we do, and it is great for Guthrie!”
While enjoying their lunch they were regaled with the music of three local musicians, Jim Garling, Amanda Fortney, and Joel Mosman.
Verla Cline, with Guthrie Tourism, was with the party during the stop at The Depot and overheard one executive say that he was ready to film in Guthrie tomorrow, he liked it so much. The Territorial Governor candidates and several others greeted them in full Victorian garb.
Cline remarked, “It was fun to greet them in our Victorian outfits at the Guthrie Depot!”
Guthrie Tourism director, Justin Fortney said, “It was great to have such well-known studio reps here to see our town as part of their two-day tour of Tulsa, Guthrie, and Oklahoma City. They were friendly and gracious.”
Having this “Next Tier” consortium of studio executives make it a point to come here is a very telling thing. It says that Guthrie is being considered for larger budget films, which means more money being invested in the community, which means growth, which means Guthrie prospers!
WAY TO GO, GUTHRIE!!