Actors and extras needed for future Reno films

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Actors and extras needed for future Reno films

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The film industry may soon be coming to the Reno/Tahoe area and more actors are needed.

The film industry may soon be coming to the Reno/Tahoe area and more actors are needed.

Senate Bill 165, which is the film tax credit bill passed in the 2013 Legislative Session, takes effect on January 1st. In preparation for that, the Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority is holding a panel this afternoon to get the word out to potential talent in the region.

Jeff Spilman, who's the film liaison for Reno Tahoe Studios, says they hope to bring in feature film projects, some TV shows and major reality shows.

"The type of film project we are looking at that really is the sweet spot for the Nevada film incentive is right around, let's say, a 5 to 12 million dollar film project."

Spilman says film scouts from several major productions have already visited to check out the area. He says when films come, they'll mainly be looking for extras and small speaking roles.

"And we don't have that many people. We need to have more, and we need to have a whole lot more people who want to come out her and do background, be extras, so when the films come in they have local pools of talent. So they don't have to bring people in."

If films have to bring in outside people for these roles, he says it will cost money and the financial model for the incentive doesn't work. Because Reno's film industry is in its infancy, Spilman says there's much more opportunity to get credits and experience than any of the major cities in California.