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A new movie being filmed throughout Arizona is based on a local author's mystery novel.
"It's based on Sylvia Nobel's novel Deadly Sanctuary, which we're turning into a film," producer Nancy Cruiss said.
Nobel was also on the set, and said she only wanted to have the film created in Arizona.
"There wasn't anywhere else I wanted to place it than in Arizona," Nobel said.
However, Arizona doesn't offer tax incentives for the film industry. This past session of the state legislation saw another bill stalled that could have saved this half million-dollar production more than $100,000.
"We're a little bit frustrated. I'd like (Arizona legislators) to take a good look at (the film industry) and see how much business this bring in. Think about it. There is more than just the film being made here. When the film is shown, everybody sees Arizona. They see the beauty of Arizona. They're going to want to come here," Nobel said.
Actors Eric Roberts and Dean Cain both star in the film, and said they enjoyed filming in Arizona and wished there were more opportunities to film here.
"I love Arizona. I love that it's a hop skip and jump from Los Angeles, so it's a real easy commute to get over here," Cain said.
"The weather - you can't beat it, and I don't mind John McCain," Eric Roberts joked.
Representative Carl Seel was also on the set today at Colossal Studios. He said it was eye opening to see the process, but wouldn't directly answer whether he would support an Arizona film bill in the coming session.
"If a bill comes to the next session and it (offers tax incentives) just for this industry, are you willing to support it?" asked CBS 5's Greg Argos
"I'm not willing to commit one way or another on that," Seel said.
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