In the new "Godzilla" film, San Francisco has the honor of being destroyed by the world's most awesome lizard and two lesser-awesome ... things. It's about time, too. Or at least we thought.

Turns out, "Godzilla" only spent four days shooting in San Francisco. The majority of the scenes were shot in Vancouver, according to TheWrap.com.

Right. Canada. That place.

"While we're always proud to see San Francisco featured in any film, knowing how few days they filmed here and how many jobs our local crews and actors missed out on, makes it frustrating," said Susannah Greason Robbins, the executive director of the San Francisco Film Commission.

No wonder I didn't see anything on the local news.

"Too many productions shoot elsewhere, lured by stronger monetary incentives, and then just do a few days of establishing shots here," she told the website. "While the general public may not realize the film wasn't actually shot here, we know, and it's a huge loss."

Right. It's a huge loss for the Bay Area when a giant lizard spends more time leveling Canada.

The Wrap points out this isn't a new scenario. Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is also set in San Francisco, but was filmed primarily in British Columbia and New Orleans. Same for Warner Bros.' "San Andreas," the Dwayne Johnson action film about the aftermath of a devastating California earthquake, that is being shot mostly in Australia.

In Disney's upcoming "Ant Man," Georgia stands in San Francisco. Oh, and in the upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger action epic "Terminator: Genesis," New Orleans again subs for the city by the bay. Come to think of it, that's also where they shot the August-release "When the Game Stands Tall," about Concord's famous high school football team, De La Salle.

Thanks for all the support, former Governor-guy.

The problem seems to be that California -- which, ironically, is the home of Hollywood -- lags behind other states when it comes to offering tax credits for film makers.

Radar reported Robbins spoke last week at a hearing of the California Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, which was considering legislation to expand California's TV and movie tax credit program, which is behind other states. For example, New York offers more than $400 million in credits annually, compared to California's $100 million.

"Films with budgets over $75 million can't even apply for our current state tax credit," Robbins said. "That's why they all shoot in states or countries with tax credits and other incentives that help defray their costs."

The bill, AB 1839, is currently making its way through the state Legislature. Backers hope to get it on Governor Jerry Brown's desk by fall.

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