Vermont’s Movie Magic

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Lights, camera action! It turns out Vermont has had its taste of Hollywood over the years.

You’d probably notice the small town featured in Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton.

A majority of the film was shot in East Corinth.

Jim Carrey spent time in the Green Mountain State while filming Me, Myself and Irene. Multiple scenes were shot in Waterbury, Williston and Burlington.

Some other notable films include Funny Farm and What Lies Beneath.

“It’s really free advertising people get to see the beauty of the state, the spectacularness backdrop it is,” said Joan Goldstein, Vermont Department of Economic Development.

A Vermont Romance was the state’s first feature film shot more than 100 years ago.

“It created a lot of excitement because people weren’t yet used to seeing movies generally and especially so many people recognize the characters and the locations in Vermont,” said Orly Yadin, Vermont International Film Foundation Executive Director. Some of Burlington’s most notable buildings could be seen in the silent film, most of them are still standing today.

Yadin said, “Watching film shot 100 years ago or so tells us so much historically about life in this case in Vermont today it’s not just what people wore and how people moved around, I mean you see the horses and buggies but it is also their moral attitudes.” So why such a rich history of filming in Vermont?

Goldstein said, “Vermont is gorgeous and it is not congested so that is the other thing if you needed to get a beautiful water scene, mountain scene, four seasons Vermont is the place to go.” And its easy. “The permitting process for film production in Vermont is very lenient unless you are doing something like shutting down a road or need emergency services for support there is no film permitting process needed here,” said Steven Cook, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Deputy Commissioner.

There are currently no incentives offered to filmmakers who choose Vermont, but there are other ways being explored that would attract more action from Hollywood. Goldstein said, “There is one idea posed about creating a film institute where we would train electricians, hairdresser and the rest of it specifically for film production.”

State officials believe filming has the potential to play an important role in the economy and welcome all of Hollywood’s finest to come to the Green Mountain State.

“Look we are not LA or New York however there are some quintessential Vermont character and Vermont stories that it would be a shame to filmed anywhere else but Vermont,” said Goldstein. Cook said, “It’s a bit of a time-capsule of that time when it was produced but it continues to showcase the state, the people, the fun things, the quirky things that make Vermont what it is.

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