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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 17:09

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amps Up New York Filming

Written by  Thea Green
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Sometimes, upping a city’s business calls for bringing in turtles.

The new take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which filmed in New York City, spent over 55 million dollars in the seventy days it was housed there and 30 million on a local crew. An article in The Location Guide covered the impact the shoot had on the city. 

Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America knows that having a versatile background is crucial to visual storytelling. “Major motion pictures require locations that are as diverse and imaginative as the content of the stories themselves,” he said.

New York has seen a huge growth in their film business this year with numerous high-caliber drama productions making the move. Television’s "Gotham," a prequel that follows James Gordon in his days before Batman, was one of many, and the city has also recently played host to big budget action movies. The success of Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s shoot in New York has lured Marvel to utilize the city again for a television show based on the comic series "The Defenders."

Dodd mentioned that being home to the first live action Turtles production in twenty years has been incredibly impactful on business and is likely thanks to the generous tax credit. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles displays New York’s top qualities and the local economies reaped the benefits. Governor Cuomo and New York’s lawmakers’ leadership in offering a competitive production tax incentive continues to enable high-yielding results.” (The Location Guide) 

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