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Starring Role

Utah Takes Center Stage in Film Production

Hilary Ingoldsby Whitesides

March 1, 2011

Digital media has redefined how movies are filmed and edited. From audio placement to color correction post production facilities that can stay up-to-date with technology are integral to modern day filmmaking. Post production companies, such as Savage Pictures, Kaleidoscope, Universal Post and Color Mill, are important to the digital media infrastructure that exits in the State.

And, of course, the remarkable and versatile outdoor settings are often the main attraction for filmmakers. Where else in the world can you find the arches and red rock of Southern Utah, the Bonneville salt flats (Utah’s most requested filming destination and a filming location for portions of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”), picture-perfect deserts and world-class ski resorts all in the same state? And don’t forget the Utah schools, quaint towns or airport terminals that can also be seen in numerous films and television spots. This location diversity is unparalleled and has drawn filmmakers to Utah for decades.   

Coming Attractions
Filmed in Utah during 2010, Disney’s “John Carter of Mars” is a highly anticipated major motion picture based on a series of novels. Slated for a 2012 release, filming took place in Southern Utah over a 120-day period. Utah provides the perfect background for the movie, which calls for “other worldly” landscapes, Moore says. The film reflects the State’s ability to attract major movie studios such as Paramount, Warner Brothers, Fox, Sony, Disney etc. with its tax credit incentives. Not to mention the independent feature films like “Darling Companion” directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline, which will also makes it debut in 2012.

Whether it is Utah’s incentive programs, the myriad of unique locations or talented crew base, the Beehive State is a premier setting for film production. Any way you look at it, Utah has the benefits, structure and backdrop for a successful film industry. 

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