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Professor Tapped to Head Film Commission


A Missouri State University Professor has been tapped to head the Missouri Film Commission. Mark Biggs is a professor in the Media, Journalism and Film Department. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

A Missouri State University Professor has been tapped to head the Missouri Film Commission.

Mark Biggs, professor in the Media, Journalism and Film Department says he found out about his appointment Wednesday.

The Missouri Film Commission was founded in 1983 to attract to Missouri filmmakers and producers of television, video and cable programs.

Biggs says his appointment came as a result of testimony he gave to a state senate committee earlier this year.

In addition to teaching and producing documentaries, Biggs is the first vice president of the Missouri Film Alliance of Springfield.

He says it was his involvement with the group that took him to Jefferson City and that's what led to his appointment to the Missouri Film Commission.

And his testimony made a difference with Springfield Senator Norma Champion who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Missouri Film Commission.

Biggs says as chair of the commission, he hopes to study how other states have changed their tax credits and attracted large film projects.

Some well-know films have been shot in Missouri...including Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Paper Moon and National Lampoon's Vacation.

Biggs says it won't be difficult to sell Missouri as a location to filmmakers.

Besides making the pitch to filmmakers to shoot in Missouri, Mark Biggs will be making the pitch to lawmakers and taxpayers...As chairman of the Missouri Film Commission, he'll be selling them on the idea that financial incentives for filmmakers are a good investment.

He says film production can bring increased revenue to the state and provide high paying jobs.