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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Film Shooting on Woodside Place in Fort Thomas Begins

Most films feature both location and studio shoots, and in recent years the tristate area has attracted a number of major feature films. Yesterday, film crews working on “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a biopic about serial killer Ted Bundy told from the viewpoint of his girlfriend at the time, Elizabeth Kloepfer, took over Woodside Place, in Fort Thomas.

Zac Efron will be playing Bundy, and Lily Collins will be playing Kloepfer.

So how did Hollywood find Woodside Place?

“The Kentucky Film Office markets Kentucky to film makers directly, through referrals, by way of our locations database on our website and through location conferences,” says Jay T. Hall, executive director of the Office of Film and Tourism Development; Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet in Frankfort. “Normally, interested producers will contact our office for more information about Kentucky and our film locations. In the case of this film, the producers contacted our office directly in September of 2017.”

Hall says films made in Kentucky impact tourism in several different ways.

“The film ‘Elizabethtown,’ starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, showcased several Kentucky landmarks and is still used today as a draw for visitors on the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau website,” Hall says. “Other movies, including ‘Rainman,’ ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Secretariat,’ have used landmark locations for their films that, to this day, draw visitors every year.”

Hall says films also help market the state for tourism through celebrity endorsements on social media. “Selma Blair, best known in her role in ‘Legally Blonde,’ took her son to the Louisville Zoo during a day off filming and posted it on social media,” Hall says.

Films made in Kentucky also help boost the state’s economy. Hall points to the film crew who are employed, and the purchasing of food and supplies as examples. “Production companies also rent equipment, locations, hotel rooms, etc.,” he says. “It is not out of the question for a film production to spend $1 million locally over the course of a 25-day shoot on equipment and supplies. This direct spend is a substantial boost to the economy, especially in the area of tourism.”

Shooting is expected to continue on Woodside Place today.

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