October was a busy month for film in Utah – we celebrated a legend, welcomed back a legacy and visited a few classic Utah locations.

Robert Redford debuted his film Old Man & The Gun earlier this month to a sold-out crowd at Larry H. Miller’s Jordan Commons. Hosted by Governor Gary Herbert and Zions Bank’s Scott Anderson, Robert Redford showcased his latest (and rumored to be his last) film to Utah. The film is a quiet celebration of a life well-lived and left many of us (me) in tears.

rr-group (002)
Pictured above, Governor Herbert, First Lady Jeanette Herbert, Robert Redford, Sibylle Redford, Scott Anderson, and Greg Miller.
The Disney Channel announced that they will be back in Utah this winter to film the latest version of the immensely popular High School Musical series. These films, shot in northern and southern Utah in 2004-2006, proved to be a runaway success for Disney and East High School, home of the singing Wildcats, still welcomes thousands of fans through their doors to take the self-guided tour. This newest version will be a 10-episode series that will premiere on Disney’s new streaming platform later in 2019 and will be actually based in Salt Lake City, UT – a big win for us, and another indication that we are “all in this together”.

In our quest to revisit the most iconic film locations in Utah, we spent time in Cedar City this month reshooting the classic scenes from films like Cecil B. DeMille’s Union Pacific, Can’t Stop Singing and John Ford’s Drums Along the Mohawk. Standing at the top of Cedar Breaks National Monument, inspired by all the beauty, I really didn’t want to shut up!
Pictured above, Virginia Pearce, Director of the Utah Film Commission reenacts a scene from Can't Stop Singing near Cedar City, UT.


Jane and Emma was released in theaters on October 12th to over 30 Utah theaters. Prior to the premiere screening, we were able to sit down with Chantelle Squires, director, producer, and editor of the recently released Jane and Emma to discuss what it was like to film in Utah. Chantelle has 15 years of experience in the industry, having directed and produced the PBS documentary, Reserved To Fight, and co-founded the production company, Mirrorlake Films. Jane and Emma is her second feature film.

jane and emma
We asked Chantelle to tell us about her experience working in Utah. Chantelle replied, "I will always try and make my films in Utah if I can. I don’t know that I would have been able to make this film happen anywhere else. The resources we had here, from the tax incentive, to the locations and the crew, were vital in making it come together. The majority of our crew was Utah based, and outside of our lead actors, the cast was also from Utah. I am also a single mom, and I live 10 minutes away from our set. It was truly a gift for me to be able to go home and hang out with my children on many of the nights during production. I know that living in Utah is the only way that this career has been sustainable for me. It’s a really wonderful place to make films."

You can read the full interview at the Utah Film Commission website.
chantelle Squires
Pictured above, Chantelle Squires directing on the set of Jane and Emma, sitting next to the Director of Photography, Wes Johnson.


Fear Factory is one of Salt Lake City’s newest, haunted attractions. The property, which was once home to the Portland Cement Company, opens periodically throughout the year and is available as a filming location to production companies and independent filmmakers.

When Fear Factory was about to open, it happened to be a very slow year for Utah's local film industry. There was a pending SAG strike, an upcoming WGA strike, and the economy was in full-blown recession mode due to the housing collapse. Recognizing this hard time, Jason Fife, a long-time key grip, was able to find jobs for over 100 crew members working at Fear Factory to help bring the space to life. Fear Factory hired an art department, scenic department, grip and electric, and construction. Today, we are still reaping the benefits from their hard work.
The factory consists of underground tunnels, large outdoor space, silos, and a warehouse. Fear Factory has provided a hands-on experience for visitors to make their way through the factory as monsters pop-up at every corner. In addition to the hands-on experience, the factory offers zip-line rides and a factory free fall. Visit the Fear Factory website for more information. If you're interested in filming at the Fear Factory, call the Utah Film Commission at 801.538.8740 for contact information.


Haunted Utah: Ghost stories, decorated yards and local legends abound, KUTV
Top 10 Made-in-Utah Horror Movies, Salt Lake Magazine
'High School Musical' will return to Utah to film new Disney series, The Salt Lake Tribune
'Jane and Emma,' a drama set in the early history of the LDS Church, takes an intimate look at friendship under fire, The Salt Lake Tribune
From Monument Valley to Park City, Utah Caters to the World of Film, Variety


Little Women: In theaters September 28th
Andi Mack Season 3: October 8th
Jane and Emma: In theaters October 12th
Shoelaces for Christmas: November 2nd on Itunes
Damsel: Available on DVD and Digital


Artist Foundry Directing Workshop: November 1st, 8th, 15th
13th Annual Filmmakers Showcase: November 8th
Spy Hop presents PitchNic: November 8th

Check out the UFC Event Calendar
custom custom custom custom custom