Friday, July 12, 2013
Mesquite dubbed a “film-friendly city” by state organization
The show Storage Wars: Texas was filmed in part in Mesquite.
MESQUITE The city of Mesquite recently received a Texas Film Friendly certification from the Texas Film Commission. The city council will formally receive the certification at its next council meeting on July 15.
Mesquite will join Sunnyvale, Cedar Hill, Dallas, Frisco and Midlothian as cities in the Metroplex with the certification.
"For Mesquite, this is a great opportunity to benefit economically as film projects often require spending locally on places to stay, food for cast members and support staff, gasoline for vehicles and props for production. As we build our inventory of productions filmed in Mesquite -- such as TV commercials, TV shows and feature films -- we can use that to promote tourism and brand awareness of Mesquite," said Wayne Larson, city of Mesquite communications and marketing manager.
"For the film companies it tells them that our city is prepared to deal with them. We have guidelines adopted and a process in place. They know if they come film here they are not starting from scratch. It really makes their process easier," said Judy Skowron, Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau director.
According to the Texas Film Commission website, Mesquite's current film credits include Storage Wars: Texas and Slap Her, She's French. Skowron said the designation will help the city keep better track of its filmography moving forward.
The Texas Film Friendly certification program is managed by the Texas Film Commission in the Office of the Governor. To obtain certification, Mesquite had to meet three requirements including staff attendance at a workshop that focused on the production process and how to effectively work with filming requests, adoption of a film policy approved by the Texas Film Commission and provision of location photos for inclusion in TexScout, the Texas Film Commission's online location database.
The location photos taken in Mesquite for TexScout include the Mesquite ProRodeo, Mesquite Metro Airport, Town East Mall, Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite Cemetery, Heritage Square, downtown Mesquite and City Lake Park.
"Visitors often want to see locations where movies and TV shows were filmed," Skowron said.
See clips of various productions filmed in Texas available in the Texas Archive of the Moving Image at www.texasarchive.org.
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