The Utah Film Commission announced this month that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development has approved five new film productions to film in Utah which will generate an estimated $6.5 million economic impact and create over 185 local jobs.
The second season of “The Chosen” -a faith-based streaming series- will begin filming in October and features a cast of 20, 40 crew, and 1,200 extras. “After looking at several locations worldwide, we immediately knew that Utah is the best place to film,” said Derral Eves, executive producer. The team found what they were looking for in Goshen, Utah. “We are thrilled to be filming in Utah and are excited to get to work alongside talented local cast and crew,” said Eves in an article in the Enterprise Business Journal. This production will spend about $4 million in the state, according to a press release from the Utah Film Commission.
The fourth season of “The Outpost”, a science fiction series, will be shooting this fall in Salt Lake, Summit, Utah, and Washington counties “The brilliant production and post-production crew members, the visual effects talent we employ, and the fantastic landscapes of the great state of Utah are each an enormous asset to the series,” said Jason Faller, executive producer.
Another science-fiction feature, “Alien Country” will start filming in October in Emery, Garfield, Salt Lake, and Utah counties. “‘Alien Country’ was born out of our love for the Utah desert and recreation culture,” said Renny Grames, the director, and producer who also happens to be from Fillmore, Utah.
Michael McLean’s “The Forgotten Carols”, a Christmas-themed film, will begin production soon in Iron County. “We, as a production team, feel that to be filming in Utah which is home to many of our cast and crew including the writer and star of the show, Michael McLean, is just the icing on the cake,” said producer, Julie Ahlander.
“Twice Upon a Song” was written and will be directed by Utah native, Savannah Ostler is a sequel to the 2019 file “Twice the Dream”. Production will begin filming this month in Utah County. “We choose to film in Utah for many reasons--the professional cast and crew, industry resources, the breathtaking natural beauty, and the fact that Utah is our home,” said Ostler.
As 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 and talent, support services, Utah location, and the Motion Picture incentive program. More than 1,500 productions have been filmed in Utah including “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “Thelma and Louise”, and “127 Hours” and more.
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