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On the Set of Gus Van Sant’s Film “The Sea of Trees”

Brian and Joe Girard of Worcester, Mass. spent their summer working on Gus Van Sant’s film “The Sea of Trees,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe.

“Gus Van Sant is one of my favorite directors of all time. And I’m thinking if Gus Van Sant is coming in, I don’t care what I’m doing, I am not leaving this town. I am working on this movie,” said Brian Girard.

‘The Sea of Trees,’ scheduled for release in 2015, is a film about a suicidal American man, Arthur Brennan, getting lost in a dense forest at the base of Mt. Fuji. In the forest, Brennan (played by McConaughey) encounters Takumi Nakamura (played by Watanabe), a Japanese man who is also lost, and together they search for a way out. Continue reading

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Elizabeth Strout’s Acclaimed Novel ‘Olive Kitteridge’ Comes To HBO

This Sunday, Olive Kitteridge, a four-part mini-series, will debut on HBO.
It tells the story of a middle-aged school teacher in a coastal community in Maine. Continue reading

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The Top Locations Worldwide

There are currently 42 U.S. jurisdictions and 31 foreign jurisdictions offering strong film/TV incentives, but the most attractive perks involve consistent laws, processing, funding, infrastructure and favorable exchange rates. To explore the best offerings worldwide, P3 Update aliened with the Entertainment Partners division EP Financial Solutions, which provides production finance/incentive advice and services to film, TV, commercial and new media producers around the world. The alphabetical lists below explores the U.S. and international jurisdictions offering the most lucrative and reliable incentives along with a jaw-dropping buffet of cinematic scenery. Continue reading

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Greenfield sneak preview of ‘The Judge’ draws cheers

The first cheers at a Wednesday night sneak preview of “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall were not for the film’s stars, but for a spectacular aerial view of nearby Shelburne Falls. Continue reading

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‘The Judge’ hits home with audience

Franklin County went to the movies Wednesday night to see what so many people had only seen in bits and pieces last summer — “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, and, of course, Shelburne Falls.
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‘The Judge’ director David Dobkin on love affair with Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, is a thousand miles away from southwestern Indiana, but its beauty and charm made it a shoe-in for the filming locale of “The Judge,” said director David Dobkin. Continue reading

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“The Judge” Premieres in Greenfield, Just Days Before National Opening

Hundreds gathered to the Greenfield Garden Cinemas Wednesday night to be part of “The Judge” premiere, which was shot partially in Western Massachusetts. Continue reading

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Lisa Strout honored by Association of Film Commissioners International

Massachusetts Film Commissioner Lisa Strout was honored with the Arthur M. Loew Jr. Crystal Vision Award at the Association of Film Commissioners International annual Cineposium. Continue reading

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‘The Judge’ spotlight shines on local extras, Massachusetts locales

More than a year after filming concluded, folks in Shelburne Falls, Dedham and other Massachusetts towns will finally see how much of their communities – and possibly themselves – made it into “The Judge”.
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Movie based on daring Coast Guard rescue starts filming in Quincy

A warehouse in the shipyard has been converted into a makeshift movie studio for filming of Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” which is based on the real-life rescue mission that occurred off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. Continue reading

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Olive Kitteridge Teaser Trailer ~ Airs Nov. 2 & 3 on HBO!

Made in Massachusetts Olive Kitteridge debuts November 2nd and 3rd on HBO. Here’s a teaser trailer! Continue reading

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PRODUCTION IS SET TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER ON “THE FINEST HOURS”

PRODUCTION IS SET TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER ON “THE FINEST HOURS” STARRING CHRIS PINE, CASEY AFFLECK AND HOLLIDAY GRAINGER Continue reading

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‘The Judge’ cast gives two thumbs up to Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

The reviews are in and the cast of “The Judge” gives two thumbs up to the people of Shelburne Falls. Continue reading

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BU Band Cast in New Johnny Depp Film

On a hot day earlier this summer, members of the Boston University Band gathered for a scene they’ve enacted countless times. The musicians were decked out in their trademark scarlet and white uniforms. The drum line kept rhythm. The color guard twirled flags. A hundred students marched in perfect unison down a city street. Continue reading

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3 Massachusetts movies among Toronto International Film Festival offerings

Three films shot in Massachusetts with big name stars attached to them will be featured at the largest film festival in North America. Much attention had been paid to “The Judge,” which stars Robert Downey Jr., because it kicks off the 10-day festival tonight. Continue reading

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From Scouting Waterfalls To Securing Port-A-Potties: The Life Of A Film Location Manager

Whether it’s Fenway Park in “Fever Pitch,” the Bunker Hill Memorial in “The Town” or the Fairmont Copley Plaza in “American Hustle,” a lot of us get a kick out of seeing Boston on the big screen.

It takes an army of professionals to cast, prep and secure places around Massachusetts for their turns on film, but one person plays a particularly critical role in the creative and logistical gauntlet that comes with the territory. Continue reading

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Perfectly Pressed, Or Perfectly Bloody: Local Pros Costume Hollywood Stars

We recently reported on the growing film crew base in Massachusetts — the gaffers, sound men and costumers who live local but are finding steady work on Hollywood movies shooting here.

Now let’s go deeper into one of the creative areas in the filmmaking ecosystem, the costume department, where professionals work long hours day after day, taking meticulous care to create wardrobes for films like “The Social Network,” “American Hustle” and “Black Mass.”
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Behind The Scenes, Mass. Film Crews Rise

Recently there’ve been catering trucks idling on Beacon Hill, transplanted palm trees that turned Revere Beach into Miami Beach, and Johnny Depp creepily transformed into James “Whitey” Bulger.

But for every Hollywood actor passing through Boston to make movies, there are dozens of local crewmembers working long hours on set. Continue reading

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PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS UNDERWAY ON SEA OF TREES IN MASSACHUSETTS

BLOOM, Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions announced that two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) began principal photography on THE SEA OF TREES. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan. Continue reading

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MFO Director Lisa Strout and IATSE Local 481 Business Manager Chris O’Donnell discuss cinema in the Bay State

Lisa Strout, the director of the Massachusetts Film Office, and Chris O’Donnell, the business manager of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts Local 481, join Peter Howe on CEO Corner to discuss. Continue reading

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