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‘Kevin Can Wait’ to film at Gold Coast Studios


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Kevin James’ new sitcom for CBS, “Kevin Can Wait” — which received a straight-to-series order from the network Thursday — will be shot in entirety at Bethpage’s Gold Coast Studios, first prime-time series to originate from a Long Island-based facility. READ MORE –>>

 

 

Amy Poehler, Tina Fey movie Sisters premieres.


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Sisters was filmed in many Long Island locations, including Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage. Sisters was filmed in many Long Island locations, including Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage.

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News 12 looks at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”


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News 12 Long Island’s Elisa DiStefano got an up-close look at the movie studios in Bethpage used for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was shot entirely in NYS.
In this sequel, Spider-Man faces a new enemy, a technician with Oscorp Industries who’s zapped with electricity and becomes the power-eating villain “Electro.” Click to view

Grumman hangars pulling movie business to LI


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Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios, two movie production facilities tucked among the sprawl of industrial warehouses in a corner of Bethpage, have put Long Island in Hollywood’s lens.

The two studios – retrofitted from old hangars where Grumman Aerospace. assembled warplanes and the Apollo Lunar Module, which carried astronauts to the moon — have gained traction among television and film productions, augmenting an already lively local industry.

Film industry generated $140M for Nassau


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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on Tuesday released a study showing that the film entertainment industry provided $140 million in economic benefit to Nassau last year.

The movie and television business also generated more than $800,000 in sales and hotel taxes, Mangano said at a news conference on the back lot of Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage. He said the industry employed nearly 2,000 people.

“Nassau County is becoming the Hollywood East of the motion picture and television industry as productions . . . have been attracted to our unique facilities,” Mangano said.

The study was done for the county’s Industrial Development Agency by Camoin Associates, an economic development consultant headquartered upstate in Saratoga Springs.

Those facilities — primarily the three sites that formed the basis of the Camoin study — are: Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios, both in Bethpage, and the Sands Points Preserve, frequently used in television and movie productions.

Tuesday’s news conference was held at the Gold Coast’s “Times Square” lot, where, according to Mangano, parts of the “Spider-Man 3” movie were shot.

Dee Snider, the former frontman for the heavy metal group Twisted Sister, and his sons Cody and Shane made a movie, “Fools Day,” which last month won the top award at the Long Beach Film Festival.

“Long Island has everything except mountains, and could one day be ahead of the West Coast in movie making,” said Snider, who grew up in Baldwin and lives part time in Setauket.

Burt Young, of Port Washington, who played Sylvester Stallone’s brother-in-law and best friend Paulie in the “Rocky” films, also attended the news conference.

Mangano said that in 2012, Nassau hosted more than 650 production days, and that movies and television shows filmed here have included “Winter’s Tale,” “Found Footage,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Four Weddings” and “The Americans.”

Spider-Man 2 to Be the Largest Movie Production Shot in New York


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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will be the largest movie production to be filmed in New York and is expected to result in 3,500 jobs and the casting of 11,000 extras. The production will have the biggest stage footprint ever seen in New York with massive sets being constructed at three facilities in Long Island and Brooklyn. Scenes will be shot both upstate and downstate.

“There is no better place to film the next adventure of Peter Parker than right here in the Empire State,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York has the resources, talent and locations to help make ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ a blockbuster hit. This production will also help generate new jobs and economic activity both upstate and downstate which is great news for our local communities and fans of the franchise.”

Gary Martin, President, Production Administration, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, said, “From Rochester to Manhattan, this is the first time an entire Spider-Man production will be shot in The Empire State. We are thrilled with the extraordinarily skilled craftspeople, crew and facilities that exist throughout the region and all of the local businesses whose work will help make this project possible. By shooting the film in New York, we are able to streamline our production needs and realize enormous benefits and efficiencies as a result of the state’s motion picture tax incentive program. Plain and simple, this is a win-win for the state and our production.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” production expects to require 3,500 new hires, one-third of whom will be from Long Island, and 11,000 extras, one-fourth to one-third of whom will be from Long Island. Upstate, the production expects to hire approximately 250 crew members and a few hundred extras.

The production is so large that it will use space at two separate stage facilities on Long Island, Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios, as well as the Marcy Armory in Brooklyn. The production expects to shoot for 150 days, including 50 days in Bethpage and 10 to 15 days in Rochester. This Friday, the production will be scouting locations in Rochester for scenes, one of which will be a car chase.

Filming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in New York will generate millions of dollars in economic activity across the state. For example, the production will require 3,000 hotel room nights in Rochester as well as 3,000 hotel room nights in Bethpage and Plainview on Long Island. In addition, the production is using several Long Island-based businesses for purchasing food and equipment, including spending approximately $279,000 for container rentals from Mobile on Demand Storage of NY, Inc. in East Patchogue, $130,000 in crane rentals from Pride Equipment Corporation in Islip, $32,000 for beverages from U.S. Coffee in Hicksville, $19,000 for auto parts from Quick Auto Parts in Hicksville, and $16,000 for food from Bagelboss in Hicksville.

Many movie productions, including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” have touted New York State’s film tax credit program as a major incentive when choosing New York as the location to film. Since the film tax credit program started in 2004, it has leveraged an estimated $12.1 billion worth of direct spending and has been a huge job generator for New York.

In 2012 alone, it is estimated that the 134 projects that have applied for the program will result in $2.2 billion in spending in New York. The State is now being billed as “Hollywood East.”

Since Governor Cuomo took office, the program has averaged 134 applications per year, nearly double the average of 72 per year over the life of the program prior to January 2011. In this year’s budget, Governor Cuomo has proposed a 5-year extension of the program and other changes to increase transparency and accountability.

Tax-Policy Web Lures ‘Spider-Man’ Film Here


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New York City is an essential character in the Spider-Man series, with looming skyscrapers providing the backdrop for aerial chase scenes, but versions of the movie have been primarily filmed in Los Angeles.

Until now. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which is expected to open in May 2014, is the first film about Gotham native Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego, to be shot entirely in New York.

The film has a budget of more than $100 million. The production sprawls over about 300,000 square feet at four facilities in Long Island and Brooklyn.

“When you decide to place a film, you obviously have to start with the script. Because Peter Parker lives in New York, there was always a component of having to be in New York,” said Bennett Walsh, the film’s executive producer.

The film’s producers said, however, they were ultimately drawn from Los Angeles to New York by the maturing film-production industry here. Tax incentives offered by the state amount to 30% of the film’s production expenses, which includes ticket items such as makeup, plywood, trucks and lighting (but not actors’ salaries).

The producers and state declined to say how much “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is expected to receive in tax credits, which won’t be calculated until after they finish filming. Similarly large films have receive credits worth millions of dollars.

A movie-set replica of the steps next to the Times Square TKTS ticket booth takes shape in Bethpage. Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal

The movie began shooting Feb. 1 and will take 151 days to shoot, but just a few dozen will take place on locations in the city and upstate. They will spend one day filming in the real Times Square, but 50 to 65 days shooting on Long Island.

Mr. Walsh said it is less expensive to recreate many of the city’s well-known locations, even though it takes about six weeks to build many of the sets.

The film is being shot at Marcy Armory in Brooklyn, as well as at Long Island’s Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, both in Bethpage.

The set hints at life beyond high school, including a Columbia University dormitory room that appears to be outfitted for female freshman, with sparkly sneakers and film-noir posters.

Few details about the film have been released but a synopsis says that for Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, “high school graduation can’t come quickly enough.” Mr. Parker continues to pursue love interest Gwen, played by Emma Stone, battles new villain Electro and uncovers new clues about his past.

The film is set largely in modern-day New York, with a newly commercialized Times Square that features Blue Fin, a seafood restaurant at W. 47th Street and Broadway, and American Eagle Outfitters. To recreate the effect of Times Square’s flashing lights, the producers brought in 16 cranes with lights and green screens. But at least one of the film’s 40 sets thrusts back to an earlier time. The subway station the crew constructed in about six weeks features skylights and Art Deco columns that most closely resembled a station under City Hall that closed in 1945.

New York state allocates $420 million each year in tax credits to the entertainment industry, and last year lured 57 productions here. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to extend the tax credit, which expires next year, for five years in the budget.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is expected to create 3,500 jobs, but one issue is that much of the job creation happens in already wealthy areas of the state such as New York City and Long Island. Spider-Man will go to Rochester to film a chase scene because speed laws upstate aren’t as restrictive as New York City’s.

From The Wall Street Journal  Photo: Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal

Film Industry Returning to Long Island


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Coinciding with the in North Hempstead, Nassau County Executive Edward Magano says he is excited about two new movie studios attracting the movie industry to Long Island. He says Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios both in Bethpage, will bring jobs and a much-needed economic boost to Long Island.

“We have a rich history it goes back to Citizen Kane shot at Oheka Castle in Huntington to The Godfather (scenes were) shot at … I’m very proud that Nassau County now has actual film studios, so we can invite production companies into the county to do extensive filming as opposed to just getting the scenic shots,” says Mangano.

Gold Coast Studios boasts 40,000 square feet of column-free space and is located in the former Grumman facility in Bethpage. It’s owned by brothers Joe and Glenn Lostritto. It recently hosted the filming of the soon to be released film “Man on a Ledge”, starring Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks. The crew recreated the ledge of the New York City hotel featured in the film. Gold Coast Studio co-owner Joe Lostritto says they’re building the place for the filmmakers to come. “What we’re trying to create is the studio for them to be based out of… it’s our belief that if they have a base to work from, then they’ll film even more in the surrounding areas.”

Gold Coast Studios also houses the set for the new TV show Pan Am, which was recently picked up by ABC. These films mean big-time jobs for county residents says co-owner Glenn Lostritto, who says Man on a Ledge proved it. “There were probably 80 full-time carpenters working there for 6 to 8 weeks just building these sets… it’s really a form of manufacturing back here on Long Island, especially in a facility like this Grumman where at one point there were 20,000 people that were here working in the factories and obviously a lot of that work has dried up.”

“Where do you see job creation like this? It’s great jobs, good paying jobs and a lot of them. This was just one movie with almost 400 employees and when you multiply that by numerous stages, it’s a lot of jobs,” says Joe Lostritto.

Gold Coast Studios has also partnered with the upcoming Gold Coast Film Festival to promote and encourage more movie making on Long Island. While the Lostrittos wouldn’t reveal potential future projects, they did hint that major names in the film industry have expressed interest in working there. They anticipate there will be some big news coming soon.


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