CLEVELAND — We’re a few weeks away from lights, camera, action.
Monday, Marvel representatives met with city leaders about ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’
The movie will start filming in mid-May and is expected to span over a two-month period. Most of the filming will take place in the Cleveland area.
However, some city council members expressed concern about production, as it will shut down high-traffic areas like the West Shoreway. The highway will be closed for more than two weeks from May 29th – June 14th.
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“There’s a lot of action sequences and if everybody remembers on East 9th, there was a lot of debris and cars and when they did that explosion, everything was there,” said Ivan Schwarz, president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. “To move that out of the way and bring that back every day would be so cost prohibitive and time prohibitive that the impact to the community would be far greater. It would take months to complete that sequence.”
However, the project is expected to give the area an economic boost.
“The objective when you come to a city like this is to hire as many local people as you can hire, because it’s beneficial to the film,” said John Pisani of Marvel Studios. “The more local people, it’s cost-effective. The production will bring on as many local actors, local technicians, local artists, all different types of departments, as it can.”
This fiscal year, the State of Ohio is expected to get $75 to 80 million for the film tax incentive. The new ‘Captain America’ movie will contribute to that total. The film is expected to release in 2014.
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