Tempers are flaring as traffic is detoured and getting from point A to point B in town takes longer than usual. Yet for others, watching the making of a movie is pretty exciting.
So what does the community get out of all this? We posed the question to Huntsville CAO Denise Corry.
According to Corry, the benefits she sees coming out of the five-day disruption (from Sept. 25-29) is that it gives Huntsville an opportunity to showcase its community and “it’s another way to put Huntsville on the map.”
She said it also boosts the local economy as those involved with the filming of the movie stay in area hotels, eat at area restaurants and use local goods and services. It is also an opportunity for local residents to participate in the filming of a movie or see a movie in production, and the experience provides exposure to the arts industry while also creating civic pride.
Corry said the municipality is also collecting fees for the following:
- Rental of Kent Park and the High Street Parking lot as well as the parking spaces at the corner of Brunel and High Street.
- Fees for the rental of the Active Living Centre
- Application fee for the Special Event Advisory Team
“In total we are collecting $1,479.17 from this movie shoot,” she said.
You can find out more about the movie here.
UPDATE Sept. 29, 2018: Listen to Mayor Scott Aitchison talk to Wei Chen of CBC’s Ontario Morning about the movie shoot. The interview starts at the 2:20 mark.
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