Monday, April 14, 2008

Ode to Philadelphia Series – Philly is the New Hollywood

It may come as a surprise to many readers, but Philadelphia is actually becoming a popular place to shoot movies. In fact, several full production studios are being built in right here in the Philly area to attract the best movies and TV shows.

Sampling of major movies that have recently filmed here or will be filming soon:
The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson) – Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz
The Happening (M. Night Shyamalan) – Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo
Our Lady of Victory – Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz
Transformers Sequel
The Dream of the Romans – Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham
Tenure – Luke Wilson, Gretchen Mol
Major TV Shows Shot Here:
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
“Cold Case”

So what does this mean to you? Celebrity Sightings! I mean, how cool would it be to have a beer at Roosevelts with Mark Wahlberg, who always seems to be shooting movies here. Also, movies always need extras so you could have a chance to be in a movie! I heard you even get paid!

Also, if you would like to get a good flavor for the city through cinema, there are plenty of ways to do so. I’m sure everyone knows about Rocky and Philadelphia, but there are many other great ones that can give you a good feel for the culture and scenery. I personally recommend:
Invincible – the neighborhood is South Philly, don’t worry you won’t be living there. But the portrayal of Eagles fans is dead on !
National Treasure – Featuring many landmarks of Philly
The Sixth Sense

Finally, “The Colbert Report” is in Philly (at Penn actually) filming all week. Tune in if you can!
For everything you ever wanted to know about the Philadelphia film industry, plus job postings (get your headshot ready!), visit the Greater Philadelphia Film Office at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am woman applicant this year. I was browsing in general and found out that there is one woman who is Asst. Product Manager in google and finalist in Ms.India World wide contests and seems to be doing modelling too. She wants to work in Bollywood(Indian films). She is attending Stan this fall. She was definitely very energetic in her blog. My thoughts on this

Does schools underplay the stars(in any field) in schools so that applicant numbers dont go down? Schools brag abt their alums but not abt who they were before. Is it a conscious move? If the applicants are so good, adcom has not choice but to give those the admits. Thats fine. What abt those thousands of applicants who fall into the trap of "We look for leadership potential, what you learnt matterns and not thos experiences all that blahh......." marketing statements by shcools. I dont know why I am venting out in this blog. See I am contributing your blog hits a lot :-)