Film Production Question

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    Candi Clouse

    Hello there!

    First off, I would like to encourage you to check out our new platform at app.implan.com. The majority of support.implan.com uses this application, but the fundamentals are all the same across versions. The page 546 Industries, Conversions, Bridges, & Construction - 2019 Data has all of our most recent data and Industry Schemes for you to download. Version 3.1 is our legacy software but we do have some materials still available to help you with it specifically in the section Getting Started with IMPLAN Pro

    The film industry generally follows project-to-project work. If you would like to analyze the spending on the production, it sounds like Analysis-by-Parts: Bill of Goods is going to be the way to go. The crew can be treated reasonably like tourists, so I recommend checking out the example on Tourism Spending.

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    SCPRTimplan

    Hi Candi,

    Thanks very much for your assistance. I read the Billl of Goods article and it still doesn't seem to address the question I have about direct vs indirect impact. When I'm modeling the expenditures of movie or television production activity which involves the purchase of both commodities and services on location by the production company, should this be considered direct impact or indirect impact? The article also suggests using an industry spending pattern (more oriented towards indirect) as an alternative.

    Also, I found the construction definitions. Are definitions available for any codes besides 50 through 60? 

    Dudley

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    Candi Clouse

    Hi Dudley - 

    First off, we do have a detailed description of each IMPLAN Industry broken out by detailed NAICS: 2017 NAICS to IMPLAN 546 Industries. This should help you figure out the details for each of the other IMPLAN codes.

    For something like the film industry, it's likely you will want to use the technique called Analysis by Parts (ABP). In this case, following the article I referenced above, you can enter a list of all of their spending as Industry or Commodity Events and then an additional event for Labor Income. ABP does require work on the back end, however. The results of your Industry or Commodity Events will show up as Direct Effects on your Results. In Excel, you will have to combine the Direct and Indirect Results to create a new Indirect line and then re-create your Direct Results. 

    The easier method is to run the total spending through an Industry Output Event in Industry 429 - Motion picture and video industries. Within that Event you can enter the total Output, Employment, Employee Compensation, and Proprietor Income.

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    SCPRTimplan

    OK. Great. Thanks for the follow-up. 

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    SCPRTimplan

    The movie production is spending money on miscellaneous services from certain trades such as carpenters and plumbers. I assume at least some of it is for set design but I don't know. It could be for camera placement, staging areas etc. I don't see an IMPLAN code for these trades. What would you recommend I use? 

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    Candi Clouse

    Hi Dudley - 

    The services you describe would all fall under construction Industries. You can examine the details of these here: IMPLAN Construction Industry Detail. They would most likely fall in Industry 56 - Construction of other new nonresidential structures.

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