Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A seminar featuring some experienced Hollywood players will be held next week in Syracuse to explore and promote the advantages of filming in Central New York.
The forum organizers have plenty of selling points as various shoots have taken place in the area the past few years.
The Central New York area has been flirting with the possibility of becoming a more common choice for production teams and maybe for the first time, Syracuse is going on the hard sell to show why it should be an even more popular choice.
"Filmmakers and production companies, they get sick of shooting the same locations all the time, they're looking for new places," said Owen Shapiro, Artistic Director with the Syracuse International Film Festival.
Shapiro says Central New York has an incredible geographic diversity they'd enjoy - but even more – they would like the many economic advantages.
"Taking advantage of those tax breaks, as well as a friendlier economy, as well as a very talented work pool, we see as being great reasons for coming up here," said Mike Massurin, the Executive Director of the Syracuse International Film Festival.
Another less obvious advantage for film and commercial makers to shoot around the area is all of the college campuses they have to draw from, which is a good place to find extras and also people to fill out production crews.
“Also, the architectural diversity and beauty of some of the architecture of downtown Syracuse and other places in the area, some of our small communities like Skaneateles, Cazenovia, places like that," Shapiro said.
Massurin says that film productions create an economic spinoff for the surrounding areas.
"There are dollars left behind in the community. We want to see them left behind in our community. It’s good for local businesses, good for the economy, it creates jobs," explained Massurin.
Shapiro and Massurin say they believe Central New York is perfectly situated for a bigger role in the entertainment game.
There are still spots available for the seminar set for Friday, Oct. 4.
Award winning film director Joel Schumacher will be honored later that evening and will also be screening his latest film at the Palace.
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