BOZEMAN (AP) -- Three filmmakers planning to shoot a new family movie met with Gov. Brian Schweitzer to talk about what the state can do to lure their production to Bozeman and away from a Southern state where it would be cheaper to film.
''A Plumm Summer'' would follow the adventures of two young brothers as they search for a stolen puppet, the star of a popular children's show.
''It's all about brothers, and it all takes place in Montana,'' producer Frank Antonelli said.
The filmmakers met with Schweitzer on Monday to see if filming in the Bozeman area would make sense financially.
The catch is that South Carolina is also interested in having the movie filmed there. Antonelli estimated the $3.5 million production could save $750,000 filming in the Southern state thanks to its tax incentives, while the filmmakers would only save $200,000 in Montana.
Schweitzer set his staff to work making contacts to figure out how to save the production money if it films in the Bozeman area.
He raised the possibility of the state lending some of its vehicles to the filmmakers, or that some of the state's part-time residents from California would volunteer to fly the cast out for free.
And he told his staff to make sure Gallatin County and Bozeman officials accommodated the filmmakers' needs.
One of the governor's priorities in his first year in office was to make Montana more attractive to the film industry. The result was ''The Big Sky on the Big Screen Act,'' a tax-incentive package passed by the state Legislature in 2005.
The tax breaks in the final version of the bill were scaled back by lawmakers, meaning it's still cheaper to film in Canada and several states other than Montana.
That's why Schweitzer, in his sales pitch Monday, was largely limited to pledging to seek out volunteer help rather than offering specific financial support.
The production plans to hire most of its crew from the state where it films, and the filmmakers said Montana is suited to supply the necessary workers.
''We can employ pretty much the whole staff on this show,'' director Caroline Zelder said.
Zelder and the others have been scouting locations in and around Bozeman and Livingston. One possible filming location is the Story Mansion.
The filmmakers want to shoot the movie over the summer and show it at next year's Sundance Film Festival.
Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com