Regional film board seeks to bring Hollywood to Ohio

May 26, 2018 by  

The Youngstown Regional Film Commission is undertaking a major effort to bring filmmakers to the area, by searching for actors, locations, crew members, and vendors that will help present the total package to Hollywood, so they have everything they need to make a film in one place.

The commission’s Fred D’Amico said he attended a Background Extras Boot Camp in Salem recently, where people who were interested in working as extras learned what it’s like to be on a movie set. Extras are the people who are part of crowd scenes, sitting in restaurants or churches, partying, or walking down a street.

The commission also wants to develop a pool of crew members who are available to provide hair and makeup services, handle transportation, or build sets. In addition, the commission would like to develop a database that includes settings like bars, parks, graveyards, old buildings, woods and other places that would appeal to filmmakers as a location.

The database also includes information on housing for the cast and crew during filming, as well as where they can find dry cleaners, clothing, rental cars, and other amenities. The commission truly wants to provide everything a film company could need, in one place.

Projects like this might benefit if organizers work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for area residents, explaining the project and asking them to become involved.