While film crews aren’t roaming the city yet, there is a possibility they could in the future.
Seguin City Council unanimously approved the adoption of the film guidelines provided by the Texas Film Commission to become a “film friendly certified community” during a regular meeting in city hall on Tuesday night.
Through the Texas Film Commission’s Film Friendly Texas Program, which was founded in 2007, rural and suburban communities can become locations for filming and production crews to utilize for projects such as feature films, commercials and television shows.
“Communities across Texas are experiencing an economic impact from the recruitment of filming and production crews,” Kyle Kramm, Main Street and CVB director, said. “Several of our neighboring communities have already been certified.”
Lockhart has been featured in productions such as “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Where The Heart Is,” “Secondhand Lions” and season two of HBO’s “The Leftovers.”
“A Warner Bros production spent $1.49 million in Lockhart over a 45-day filming schedule,” Kramm said.
Other participants in the program include San Antonio, San Marcos, Elgin and Gonzales, he said.
According to the Texas Film Commission website, there are more than 100 certified communities in the state.
To become a certified community, a city representative must attend a Texas Film Friendly training, adopt the film guidelines and provide at least five locations to include in a film scouting database.
“The first part is a city representative has to attend a Film Friendly training, which I did a couple of months ago in Waco,” Kramm said.
At the workshop, Kramm said they learned how to work with film scouts, production crews and about the film incentives offered by the Texas Film Commission.
“Filming in Seguin will not only be able to take advantage of the Texas Film Commission’s incentives but also incentives from the San Antonio Film Commission,” he said. “Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program provides qualifying film, television, commercial, visual effects and video game productions the opportunity to receive a cash grant based on a percentage of a project’s eligible Texas expenditures, including eligible wages paid to Texas residents.”
Additionally, Kramm was given the “generic film guidelines that each community could use by revising to fit their community.”
During the council meeting on Tuesday, staff approved the guidelines, which includes the following: city control and authority, permit requirements, application fees, use of city equipment and personnel, use of city-owned real estate, vehicles and equipment, notification of neighbors and hours of filming, certification of insurance and damage to public or private property.
For the last requirement, Kramm said they’ve selected Central Park, Park West, Max Starcke Park, the Seguin Events Complex Fairgrounds and Seguin City Hall to be included in the database.
Private property owners also have the opportunity to submit their own properties for the database through the Texas Film Commission website, he said.
The Aumont Saloon and the Palace Theater already are on the list, Kramm said.
City council approved the film guidelines and permit process following a motion by councilwoman Jet Crabb and councilwoman Donna Dodgen.
Additionally, during the meeting, council also took action on the following items:
• The Main Street Program received unanimous approval to relocate to the Visitor’s Center in the Seguin Chamber of Commerce.
• Staff also unanimously approved a facilities use agreement for both Texas Lutheran University and Navarro ISD to use the Max Starcke Golf Course.
• A first reading to amend the food truck ordinance was unanimously approved to allow the trucks to stay open near taverns and bars until 2 a.m. in conjunction with the recently approved extended alcohol consumption hours ordinance.
For more information on the Texas Film Commission, visit www.gov.texas.gov/film.