Four New Productions Approved to Film in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (November 14, 2019) – Utah Film Commission today announced the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board approval of four new productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated economic impact of approximately $25.8 million and creating over 280 local jobs.
The second season of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ created and executive produced by Tim Federle (‘Ferdinand’) has been approved under the Motion Picture Incentive Program with an estimated spend of over $24 million in the state. The highly-anticipated first season of the series recently premiered on Disney+ and production for the second season is already scheduled to resume in Salt Lake City starting February 2020. “We are incredibly excited to bring the next chapter of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ to Disney+. Tim and this talented cast have delivered a first season that is uplifting, funny, touching and relatable across generations. We are confident that the world, like us, will want much more of these characters, incredible songs and moments of joy” said Ricky Strauss, president, Content & Marketing, Disney+.
‘Wireless’, a narrative feature approved under the Motion Picture Incentive Program is estimated to spend approximately $1.3 million in the state. Starring Tye Sheridan (‘Ready Player One’, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’), the production will begin shooting in December around Salt Lake and Weber Counties.
‘All Hallows Day Eve’ is a horror feature written and directed by Utah native, Nick Jensen. This production was approved under the Community Film Incentive Program, supporting smaller, local projects. “For us, this project is the culmination of years of hard work and passion. To be able to make this project here, in our home state of Utah, with Utah-grown talent, is a dream come true. I am excited to show off all that this state has to offer,” said Jensen. Filming begins this month and the production is estimated to spend approximately $66,000 in state with filming to take place in Davis County.
‘Rocketboy’ was also approved under the Community Film Incentive Program and is a documentary feature that chronicles the efforts of Steve Heller and Riley Meik as they prepare for their first commercial rocket launch from Utah-based Sugarhouse Aerospace. “We are so excited to film in Utah,” said Producer, Karina Orton. “It’s wonderful to follow groundbreaking stories that take place in Utah, where all of our crew has spent so much time. Having been Utah-based for so long already, we’re also grateful to work with experienced crew we know well.” Directed by Allyse Clegg, the production is estimated to spend approximately $47,000 and will be filming through Spring 2020 in Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
About the Utah Film Commission
As a part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Utah Film Commission markets the entire state as a destination for film, television and commercial production by promoting the use of professional local crew & talent, support services, Utah locations and the Motion Picture Incentive Program. The office also serves as liaison to the film industry, facilitating production needs across the state.
More than 1,400 productions have been filmed in Utah, including ‘Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid’, ‘Thelma and Louise’, and ‘127 Hours’, to list a few. Many episodic series have also filmed in Utah, such as ‘Touched by an Angel’, ‘Andi Mack’ and ‘Westworld’.
For more information, visit film.utah.gov.