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Wednesday 17 October 2018
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Dallas Filmmaker Advocates to Bring Hollywood Film Industry to Metroplex

Dallas Filmmaker Advocates to Bring Hollywood Film Industry to Metroplex

Local Producer Creates Production and Distribution Company to Accredit
the Potential of Dallas-based Filming

DALLAS, TEXAS (AUGUST 2018) – Dallas native Timothy Talbott strives to put the Big D back in the sights of Hollywood-made motion picture filmmakers through his film distribution and production company, Double T Productions. He developed this passion project as a platform to create opportunities for local business and showcase talent throughout the Metroplex. The unity and pride of Texans fuels his fire to bring prominence to how ‘outside the box’ residents are as a collective compared to other areas with a different type of unification, which aids in finding solutions to resolve the lack of attribution of the area’s potential.

“People find inspiration in different forms of entertainment, especially movies, so why wouldn’t we advocate for it?” said Talbott. “I want to work from ‘home’ with people who feel the same.”

Studios make movies internationally, however, they’re likely to choose to distribute them from California, in which all the profits from it goes there. He points out that Dallas, and Texas in general, has various appealing aspects that the industry often overlooks, such as unique landscapes, qualified crews, local pride, climate, and value of the dollar, being $1.03 in Texas versus .89 cents in California.

The problem for Talbott is that filmmakers choose to produce movies in other states using their land and labeling it Texas, so these states make profit instead. After conducting research, he found that filming significantly helps local economies. Productions have spent $1.3 billion in Texas Economy between Sept. 1, 2007 to Aug. 31, 2017 and created 153,000 jobs. For example, “The Long Road Home” filmed in Fort Hood in Killeen, TX gave jobs to 543 local crew and cast and a projected $1.5 million saved by shooting there instead of on an L.A. backlot. The HGTV show “Fixer Upper” and its Magnolia Market attracted an average of more than 30,000 visitors a week in 2017, which increased economic flow within the community.

“Productions build, refurbish or rebuild, allowing for new business owners to set up shop,” said Talbott. “Having a thriving film industry in Dallas benefits the community in so many ways. It brings people to an area and helps underutilized areas become new again.”

Early on, Talbott realized the focus was always on sports with others his age, but he did not show the same passion for sport as he did for entertainment. He loved the larger than life heroes he saw on television and film. At age 10, he discovered his grandfather’s video camera and taught himself how to use it. He would tape his own variety shows and conduct interviews by doing impressions of the actors he saw on TV. When he was 19 years old, he started following his dream of entertainment by becoming a wrestler and joining a small wrestling group, Texas Outlaw Promotions (TOPS). It was live action storytelling just like performing in theater. It soon became the springboard for Talbott’s goal of film production.

Tragedy struck his life after losing his mother, father, and brother in the span of four years. He felt lost and knew he needed to find his passion again. At the age of 25, Talbott made the choice to head to Hollywood, CA in 2003. He quickly got started with stunt work and stage fighting for an Indie Movie “The Last Bad Neighborhood” and “LALA land”, then took on diverse rolls in various genres. By the time 2014 came, he had starred in TV shows, on stage, and in movies, which left him feeling like he had learned everything he could in Los Angeles. The next chapter was to return home to Texas and carry out his vision.

Talbott is currently in the process of producing several films this year, including “Silhouette”, “Trunkfish”, and “Comanchero,” all of which will carry the mission of proving what Texas is made of. He is also working towards building a production studio in Dallas that he hopes will entice investors to follow the movement. His main focus is production to convince Texas Lawmakers to accept the film industry as an important part of economic growth.

“Through sheer determination, Tim is building a Dallas studio that will stimulate not only the local economy, but also the innovative energy of thousands of extremely talented individuals who have been starting for an opportunity to create,” said actor and host of “The Ugly Stick Tour”, Crew Wyard.

Double T Productions (DTP) is a production company created by Timothy Talbott specializing in the development of raw entertainment material for a worldwide audience. The team draws upon more than 30 years of experience in working with entertainment professionals from film and television. The mission of DTP is to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with investors to allow them to participate in the development and financing of Hollywood-made motion pictures. For more information email timothy@skeletonkreekfilms.com.