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Business designed to link Syracuse to Hollywood

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A new industry for Central New York is ready to take its first steps. Bill Carey says it's a business designed to link the Syracuse area to Hollywood.


CENTRAL NEW YORK -- For most of us, our first exposure to new types of movie effects came with the film, "Avatar." Motion capture, fueled by the speed of new computers, allowed a new type of filmmaking.

The type that is at the heart of a proposed nano technology hub specializing in the film industry.

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It was producer Ryan Johnson, who has helped make dozens of feature films, who finally took up the state on its offer of help to create a nano hub in the Town of DeWitt. He says his company; "The Film House" is hoping to have the new center up and running before the end of the year.

"The reason this was on such a fast track is because the Film House said that they wanted to do three films very quickly and the first one is being announced today, "The Opium War," said Joanie Mahoney, (R) Onondaga County Executive.

Syracuse has seen an occasional feature film shoot over the years. The most recent example, "Adult World" with Emma Roberts and John Cusack.

But what Johnson and his company are promising is a new local industry extending beyond just one film.
Mahoney added, "Central New York is a very appealing place because of its natural beauty and because of the low cost of bringing the whole production here when you have to put people up in hotels and buy meals and make this your temporary home."

Local hiring for the first of three feature films is due to begin this summer, the production pumping about $10 million into the local economy. In all, 500 temporary and permanent jobs. The permanent jobs as the new nano hub becomes a center for film effects work.

Mahoney said, "I didn't fully understand the nano application to the film until people explained that the effects you see in a movie like "Avatar" are done on this high tech equipment and that's why nano would be applied to the film industry and there's more and more of those special effects."

Mahoney says it adds up to a new path for economic development across Central New York.

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