Pocono Film Activity Higher Than Expected
Film activity in 2012 is higher than expected in the Pocono region. Troy Bystrom, Pocono Film Commissioner, has been tracking film production and new activity is on the rise. Mr. Bystrom stated, "In the past week we have had several new films contact the commission looking for crew, actors, and support services. We were expecting in the neighborhood of 7 films to shoot in the region this year and to date we have had over 10 independent films that have been completed or are currently shooting in the area. The commission has attracted considerable activity through its marketing efforts and production companies are impressed by the workforce in the area. The challenge is to find the dollars to provide additional training to support the industry. So far this year we have placed, over 30 production assistants, a set construction crew, production staff, grips, caterers, and several hair/makeup people on local film projects. We actually have crew going from project to project working in the industry almost full time."
Some of the projects that the film commission has attracted to the region include Hotel Hell with Gordon Ramsey, Red Storm East, the Battle for Scranton, Hostage, Paragon Cortex, Abandoned, Mob Wives, and many others. In addition to film work, Vogue shot it's December issue in the Poconos and there are several Television Productions shooting in the region including Wallenpaupack Life and Pocono Backroads. Film Commission plans include building post production space and a sound stage in the region. If you are interested in working in production as an actor, crew member, or have a business that can provide support services, please contact the Pocono Film Commission.