Film commission encourages locals to sign up for new production directory
by Jeff Richards
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Crew members set up equipment in the backcountry during a recent episode of a reality TV show filmed in the Moab area. Photo courtesy of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission
Crew members set up equipment in the backcountry during a recent episode of a reality TV show filmed in the Moab area. Photo courtesy of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission
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With several film productions already under way or scheduled to take place in the Moab area over the next few months, local residents are encouraged to sign up to be listed on the film commission’s new on-line directory.

“We have a new resource directory with a new website,” explained Tara Penner, director of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission. “People need to get listed so their name and business will be seen by these productions.”

According to Penner, the old directory and site will be removed from the website on Aug. 5, so anyone who was previously registered on the old site will need to do so again, even though the new site will still have the same URL address (filmmoab.com) and continue to be hosted as part of the city of Moab’s website.

Registrants can sign up to be listed for one or more job areas, which are divided into three main categories: crew, support services, and talent.

The crew category, for example, covers a variety of jobs such as location scouts and managers, vehicle drivers, production and office assistants, carpenters, electricians, riggers, and other skilled laborers. The support services category includes such areas as medical support, catering and food services, security, and lodging and other accommodations. The talent category includes various acting roles, in addition to stunt, extra, and stand-in work.

For now at least, registrants will need to sign up for each category separately, Penner said, noting that all directory listings are subject to approval by the local film commission, which covers Grand and San Juan counties.

According to Penner, 2014 is shaping up to be an average year for the local film industry, with reality TV episodes shooting here this summer and a couple of western film projects slated for the fall, in addition to several smaller commercial film and photographic shoots.

“We have fewer projects overall this year, and not the huge features like we have had over the past five years,” she said, adding that there is at least one big-name project coming to the Moab area soon, although it is not expected to have the same impact as other movies filmed locally in recent years, such as “John Carter,” “After Earth,” and “The Lone Ranger.”

The film industry typically brings in between $5 million and $10 million annually to the local economy, according to Penner.

For more information, contact the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission at 435-259-4341 or visit filmmoab.com.

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