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MOVIE FILMING A SUCCESS FOR CONNECTICUT COMMISSION ON CULTURE AND TOURISM
Spielberg shoots scenes with Cruise for WAR OF THE WORLDS remake in Connecticut.
Hartford, Conn., -December 6, 2004-Director Steven Spielberg brought actor Tom Cruise to the former Uniroyal chemical plant in Naugatuck this past weekend to film the climactic scenes of his $128 million version of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic "War of the Worlds." The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (CCT) was integral in coordinating the filming on location in Connecticut, which began last Friday and continued throughout the weekend at the Naugatuck chemical plant and on the Farmington River in Windsor.
"While the immediate economic impact of the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in the state during three days of filming is significant, there are also residual effects of filming that have a positive impact on the state," said Jennifer Aniskovich, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. "Travelers seek out and visit locations they see in
movies and on television, supporting tourism for years to come. In addition, filming in Connecticut generates a sense of pride among our citizens. So many residents have graciously extended hospitality to the production crews during the shoot and they are excited to know that they and others nationwide will eventually see their local neighborhoods on the movie screen." Estimated economic impact of two days of filming is in excess of $300,000.
The Crompton Corporation-owned chemical plant was selected by Paramount Pictures as the location for the film's final battle with the alien ship after consideration of several other sites in five states throughout the eastern seaboard. In addition, the CCT suggested several different river locations in the state that were scouted by Paramount before it decided on the Farmington River site. Paramount initially contacted the CCT Film Division in August seeking various locations for scenes in the movie.
The filming in Connecticut was a success due in large part to the coordination and cooperation of several state and local government agencies including the City of Naugatuck, the Town of Windsor, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation and CCT, who also assisted the casting company in rounding up 100 local extras through a Connecticut talent agency. Additionally, the privately-owned Uniroyal plant was significant in the overall success of the filming.
The CCT Film Division receives hundreds of requests from film, commercial, television, corporate industrial video and still photography projects a year. CCT assists an average of 150 of those productions with their shoots which in 2003, generated $12 million in revenue for the state. The CCT Film Division's goal is to build a stronger and more visible film-friendly community in which to live and work.
Friday's filming ended on a high note for local residents. When Tom Cruise saw several fans holding up signs and calling to him at his trailer, he responded by signing autographs, taking pictures with fans and talking to them for about a half hour before returning to the set. Fans who left with their cameras and scraps of paper seemed stunned and pleased by their encounter with the famous actor.
Filming resumed at the plant on Saturday and finished with a smaller shoot in Windsor on Sunday with a scene featuring "dead bodies" floating down the Farmington River after an alien attack.
Paramount Pictures' "War of the Worlds" is scheduled for release in June 2005.
In 2003, the Connecticut General Assembly created the Commission on Culture and Tourism to preserve and promote Connecticut's cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the state.
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