December 13, 2023
Hallmark Christmas movie lovers, rejoice! It was recently announced that a “Hallmark-style Christmas Movie” has commenced filming in our very own neck of the woods.
According to NewYorkUpstate.com, Brookhaven, NY-based production company Gemelli Films has started shooting the as-of-yet untitled holiday film in Lake Placid from December 4 up to December 21. It is currently shooting and Adirondack Film has been assisting! Further details on this film can be found at https://www.newyorkupstate.com/lake-placid/2023/11/hallmark-style-christmas-movie-set-to-film-in-lake-placid-cozy-locations-crew-wanted.html.
To us at Adirondack Film, Gemelli Films’ decision in choosing our area for their upcoming film comes to no surprise. The Adirondacks is more than the ideal region to shoot a wintry film! With the region’s rugged trails, thousands of trees, pristine snow-capped peaks, and near-endless bodies of water for icy aquatic sequences, the Adirondacks is bountiful in its options for winter film shooting locations. Due to the diverse natural terrain, our area provides an appropriate setting for a number of different genres for filmmakers to decide, from white Christmas tales to suspenseful outdoor survival thrillers! It’s no wonder filmmakers have chosen the Adirondacks for their preferred winter-centric shooting locations since the Silent Film era.
Hitting the Slopes
Many snow-centric films inevitably involve speedy wintry sport activities. Suppose your story involves skiing down a snowy hill; if you’re doing a movie about competitive snowboarders, then look no further than the Adirondacks. Our region’s many mountains offer not just ski resorts for personal recreation, but great settings for your next winter film production. From large mountainous slopes like Whiteface Mountain, Gore Mountain, and Titus Mountain, to smaller slopes such as Oak Mountain, Mount Pisgah, and Snow Ridge, the Adirondacks is home to many ski resorts that are perfect for skiing, sledding, and snowboarding action sequences.
Cozy Lodges For Indoor Scenes
Certain winter pictures do require the necessary indoor scene. If you’re filming a holiday romantic comedy set in a ski lodge, why not consider the Adirondacks’ cozy luxury resorts? From the vintage Adirondacks Great Camps to modern resorts such as the Friends Lake Inn, Garnet Hill Lodge, and Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, our region provides cozy luxurious mountain getaways that could prove handy for your film’s indoor scenes.
Mountain Trails For Icy Adventures
The Adirondacks’ breathtaking mountainous terrain provides a great physical landscape for your snowy film project. Filmmakers with a flair for outdoor adventure should consider shooting in our region’s many skiing trails. For example, the Tug Hill area offers miles upon miles of snowmobiling trails that would be perfect for a riveting snowmobile chase sequence in a wintry action thriller. Or if your picture is a historical period piece that involves characters going on snowshoeing expeditions, then Dewey Mountain, Northville-Placid Trail or Lake Placid’s Mt. Van Hoevenberg may provide great backdrops for your project!
Safety Tips For Outdoor Film Shooting
Of course, it’s vital that filmmakers take safety precautions when performing outdoor film shootings, especially during the winter time. During your scouting process, it’s important to consider the following safety considerations and tips to ensure your crew and cast’s wellbeing:
1. Research the Area:
2. Seasonal Considerations:
3. Permits and Regulations:
4. Local Contacts:
5. Visit Multiple Locations:
7. Weather Awareness:
8. Time of Day:
9. Local Culture and History:
10. Safety First:
A Winter Wonderland At Your Filmmaking Disposal
We at Adirondack Film would be remiss in our film promotion duties if we don’t recommend our region for your next filmmaking journey. Apart from the Adirondacks being a terrific place for recreational activities, our region offers the finest wintry terrain for film productions in New York state, and perhaps even in the Northeast! To help plan your film production in the Adirondacks, contact us at (518) 302-1375. Hope to see your next film shot in the heart of the Adirondacks!
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