If you’re not familiar with the story, for a long while now, the plan to build a gigantic new movie and TV studio on the East Coast has been fast in motion. The goal was to have this huge facility similar to that of a the legendary Hollywood production studios that would allow the big time film and television producers out there a legitimate option to always shooting out West. It took quite a while to get things lined up, and changes had to be made in the state’s former tax and financial set-up to make it appealing enough, but all hurdles were cleared and the massive project was approved. The development is currently moving right along at its Plymouth, Massachusetts location, and the $500 Million Plymouth Rock Studios is heading straight for a Fall 2010 opening planned.
So what exactly will this brand new high-tech, completely “Green,” eco-friendly LEED studio complex offer to those who set up shop there for big projects? The studio is being constructed on 240 acres of land, and will become the largest production facilities in the entire Northeast, which will create 2,000 new job opportunities. It will contain 14 sound stages, with 10 acres set to become back lots. Included among these shooting locations, will also be all of the other major areas to production: offices for production and post-production, casting agencies, and even an amenity village with a bunch of convenient on site services, like a coffee shop, dry cleaners, retail and grocery/convenience stores, hotels, restaurants, and a post office, among many others. With all of these things, people won’t have to worry about coming and going — everything will be right there for them in what they call a “studio as city concept.” All of this paired with the 25% film tax credit and a more calm, tranquil, and beautiful location that’s only an hour from Boston and multiple airport options, makes Plymouth Rock Studios an incredibly attractive new option.
Click on over to see a great virtual tour video, and a few images, including some concepts of what the studio will look like when completed.
In general, this whole thing may not be that exciting to anyone who doesn’t get to go there, use it, and make movies. For those of us on the East Coast — especially those from New England (such as myself) — this is some really exciting stuff. We’ve had plenty of productions filmed around here, but that quintessential giant Hollywood studio has always been worlds away. Personally, this should have happened years ago, as this is really a perfect place for film makers. Where I sit right this moment, it is almost exactly one hour to the ocean, one hour to the forests and mountains up north, and one hour to Boston. Where this studio is, it will be closer to the ocean and a little farther away from the heavy nature, but it is still a great location. Oh, and let us not forget the beauty of four different seasons in one place and how helpful that can be to a movie that spans a long period of time.
Basically, this is all just one giddy love letter from a chronic movie fanatic to what sounds like the most magical place on Earth to yours truly. In fact, I may just have to whip out my resume and see if I can score a janitorial position.
Below are concept and other images, and don’t miss this very cool virtual tour, which covers all of the details and gives you a lot more pretty visuals than I can!