By Tamara Race
The Patriot Ledger
October 08, 2008
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Rock Studios says an Oct. 15 jobs forum for people interested in working at the proposed film studio is booked to capacity. It will be held in Plymouth’s 1,400-seat Memorial Hall. All spots for the presentation were taken after just three days of online registration, the company said.
After turning away hundreds at their last job forum at Plymouth South High School, studio officials moved to Memorial Hall.
The hundreds turned away at the first event received tickets guaranteeing them a seat at the October forum. The remaining seats were filled with online registration.
Online registration for the final job forum Nov. 12 forum will begin Oct. 16.
Those interested should visit www.plymouthrockstudios.com
Studio officials say the job forums are the first step in building a local work force for the state’s fledgling movie and entertainment-production industry.
Those attending will learn what kinds of jobs are available at the studio and can be added to the studio’s data base of those interested in training for the positions.
Plymouth Rock Studios founder David Kirkpatrick and his development partners want to build what they say will be an energy-efficient movie and production studio on the 240-acre Waverly Oaks golf course off Route 3 at Exit 3.
The $350 million, 2-million-square-foot project includes plans for 14 sound stages, a theater, a 10-acre back lot, production offices, a village center with a 300-room hotel, shops and restaurants and an educational center.
Gensler, an international design and architectural firm with offices in Boston and experience in movie studio development, is designing the project.
Before it moves forward, the project needs a zoning change from town meeting, an agreement with selectmen guaranteeing infrastructure improvements and state funding approval to pay for those improvements.
Studio officials hope to have permitting in place by next spring and begin construction by late summer for a 2010 opening.
Plymouth Rock Studios would shoot its own productions as well as leasing the facility to other producers.
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