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Wed March 13, 2013
Spider-Man Car Chase to be Filmed in Rochester
The sequel to the “Amazing Spider-Man” movie is set to be filmed entirely in New York state, and is expected to generate 3,500 jobs.
State officials announced Wednesday that this will be the largest movie production ever shot in New York and will include about two weeks of filming upstate in Rochester.
Most of the film will be shot in Long Island, but “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will hit the streets of Rochester to film a car chase, hiring approximately 250 crew members and a few hundred extras in the area.
The production is expected to generate millions of dollars in economic activity across the state, requiring 3,000 hotel room nights in Rochester alone.
In a statement announcing the movie’s production Governor Cuomo said there is no better place to film the movie than in the Empire State.
“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,” the Governor said.
Sets will be constructed at three facilities on Long Island, and about 11,000 extras will be used over 150 days of shooting.
Gary Martin, President of Production Administration, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, said in a statement that filming in New York will be a win-win.
“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.”
New York’s film tax credit program has been touted as a major incentive when choosing New York as a production location.
Governor Cuomo has proposed a 5-year extension to the program as well as other change.
There has been a push in upstate areas for new legislation that will give bigger incentives to production companies filming in upstate New York.