With Massachusetts experiencing a mini-boom in filmmaking, the push is on to build a full-scale studio.
Actress Jayma Mays spent March through May shooting the comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” in Burlington Mass. Mays’ co-workers splurged at Marc Jacobs, Envi, Calypso and Gretta Luxe, and the movie’s costume designer, Ellen Lutter, spent more than $100,000 locally.
Seven films have wrapped up production so far this year – and while Boston has most often been the location for filming, this year moviemakers have moved outside the city to Beverly, Gloucester, Rockport, Woburn, Lowell, Worcester and other communities.
Since last July, when Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed into law a 25 percent film tax credit, a wave of major film projects has landed in Massachusetts.
A local developer who owns land on South Boston’s waterfront is drawing up plans for a movie production complex, state Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston) said yesterday.
Scenes for Willis’ new movie, “The Surrogates,” a sci-fi thriller, will be filmed at the Draper mill complex later this month.
The film tax credit has proven its worth.
“Making movies is a recession-proof, clean growth industry. The benefits of bringing more movie business to Massachusetts could touch virtually everyone.” —Joe Maiella, President – Massachusetts Production Coalition
For years, while Boston had no formal film liaison, Patte Papa stockpiled knowledge as she oversaw events from the Boston Marathon to the gay pride parade. Now her experience is enabling the city to juggle multiple films at once.
The former Lucent plant on Route 125 has landed on a short list of prime filming spots across the state.
Lynn became the area’s latest Hollywood backlot yesterday as the cast and crew of “The Surrogates” shot scenes inside the former Security National Bank.
In a report issued earlier this week, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) predicted that the newly enacted film tax credits could bring in over $700 million of new investment and more than 5,000 new jobs.
A pair of longtime Boston-area video and film equipment companies are teaming up to cash in on the surge of Hollywood movies filming in the Bay State.
Local restaurants have been busy servicing the cast and crew, and Laverne Lovell’s flower shop has been busy filling orders, including a recent arrangement for Sir Ben Kingsley.
Voters yesterday gave an enthusiastic green light to a proposal to build a movie studio on 300 acres of town-owned land a few miles from the Bourne Bridge.
The recent boom in feature films being made around Boston has led to all kinds of action for people who want to act out their dreams.
Voters here have seen the message on 1,500 lawn signs, seen it on TV ads, read it in e-mails and pamphlets, and heard it in phone and personal pleas: Say “Yes to the ROCK.” That’s the rallying cry for a citizens’ committee that has blitzed the town with their message about Question 3, a nonbinding referendum on Saturday’s ballot in Plymouth.
The city has reeled in a big one — and there may be a few more on the line. Production crews for a new Bruce Willis movie, “The Surrogates,” are set to start work in Worcester Monday and will stay through August.
To those who wonder whether there’s room in Massachusetts for two major movie studios, the answer from the studios is an emphatic yes.
It’s too soon to know whether private investors will build production and post-production facilities without a costly new tax incentive.