Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kingston In The Movies

With the wonderfully mild weather we were having this past weekend our little city was very busy. People were out and about enjoying the long overdue spring temperatures, and Kingston was buzzing with excitement, especially in the downtown section.


But it wasn’t just the warm temperatures that Kingstonians were excited about. They were also excited about the movie scenes being filmed in the area. Yup, Kingston is going to be in director Guillermo Del Toro's new movie "Crimson Peak"; a gothic horror movie set in the early 1900s.


A movie production company spent last week removing everything 21st century from part of downtown to transform the area into an early 20th century city. Tons of earth and 1900-era props were used to turn back time, and although (sadly) I didn’t witness a lot of the work being done, we walked through downtown Kingston a couple of times over the weekend with our out of town guests, and got a glimpse of the amazing transformation.

This is just the starting point. By the time the production company was done, the streets were filled with dirt.

The movie scenes were filmed yesterday, which I also missed (*sigh*), and the film, which is about a young female author who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be, will be released on October 16, 2015.

A lot of excitement in our little city!

What’s going on in your part of the world?

30 comments:

  1. Very exciting to have movie people there I bet ! I think Kingston has been used for movies before . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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    1. I think you are right, Country Gal. There was another film not too long ago. I'll have to look into this.

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  2. Oh Martha, it is snowing today! The movie set looks amazing and exciting!

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    1. It's incredible that it's still snowing in some ways, even if it doesn't stick around for very long. Let's hope that it ends for good after this. We were lucky. The snow didn't come here; only rain.

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  3. Wow, how exciting to get to watch a movie set in your own town. Very cool. I am your newest follower (as of this moment) and so glad I joined your blog.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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    1. I never realized how much work goes into this. It's incredible.

      Welcome, Deb! I'm always happy to meet new people. I will pop over to your blog as soon as I get a chance.

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  4. Keep your eyes peeled for Tom Hiddleston -- he plays "the charming new husband," I believe. Squeeeeeeeee!

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    1. I don't know if he was here or not. I didn't see him (darn), but I haven't heard that anyone else did either! Oooooh...so much excitement around here.

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  5. Wow, that is very exciting, Martha.
    Great shots.

    Here , today it's sunny but cold, we are supposed to get snow tonight, spring is taking a backslide!

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    1. A lot of areas got snow. That is shocking! We only got some rain, which I am grateful for!

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  6. That Easter Bunny picture is horrifying!

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  7. Don't you just love movie productions. When we moved into our house 23 years ago, two doors down was an old fashioned gas station which I might add came in handy many a time, I digress. It was used as a movie for a Greg Harrison movie, Cadillac Girls 1993-4. The building is gone now and I have no pics because cameras weren't invented by then, were they!? Oh drats!

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    1. No, of course they weren't invented in the early 90s. Neither was electricity and indoor plumbing....LOL...

      I've never seen a scene being put together for a movie. It is quite exciting.

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  8. Well? I was going to get all excited about seeing a movie made from around your area! but gothic horror?? hah! no way …

    In my world? … Charlie and Yates left for home this morning … a freeze last night!!! and a gorgeous sunshiny but chilly day …. catching up on blogs since little bitty fingers are away from m'keyboard … ;) already miss the little toot!

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    1. Littly bitty fingers on the keyboard! So cute. A littler troublesome, perhaps, but super cute.

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  9. My son used to be in the movie business in Toronto...worked on quite a few BIG movies...
    So exciting, Martha!
    Perhaps you can be in the "crowd"? Hahaha!
    Snow here...is that exciting?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Yes, snow is exciting...but in a negative kind of way! Hiss...go away, snow.

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  10. How cool, Martha! I'm always amazed at the sets in movies, but I've never seen a set put together in my town (or anywhere). Guillermo Del Toro writes scary vampire stories, let me tell you. I started a series of his and couldn't finish it because it was too grim.
    What happened here today? The last of the snow from Sunday night's snowstorm melted away! Yeah! Just in time for the next round on Thursday. Boo! I had a great lunch with two special friends, and then my trainer put me through a tough workout. She had no sympathy for my being tired because I stayed up to watch part of the eclipse of the moon last night! LOL!
    Have a good evening!

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    1. A lot of work goes into them. It took the crew a whole week to transform a certain part of the downtown area to look like the early 1900s. And in the end, the scenes they will shoot will be edited down to a couple of minutes. Wow!

      That is one tough trainer! Oooof...

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  11. That's exciting! It's so cool how an area can be transformed like that.

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    1. It is pretty amazing. So much work goes into it.

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  12. That is exciting indeed although I'm sure some people may have been a little frustrated, but all in all, it shows good taste of them to choose that location, when it comes out in DVD as it always does, I'll buy to see your town (well a re-make, but still)

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    1. It didn't seem to be that disruptive, although I shouldn't say because I don't live or work downtown. But the businesses were booming, so I'm sure that was very welcome. Stores and restaurants were full!

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  13. Love movie sets and all that is involved in putting them together! Another life....maybe.
    In our neck of the woods.....well, it's raining, 12C and supposed to drop to below 0C tonight....just for fun!! lol

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    1. Mother Nature seems to be toying with us, Jim! What have we done to upset her so much. Um...wait...we've actually done a lot to upset her!

      I would love to have a job creating movie scenes. It takes a lot of creativity, which is something I'd enjoy.

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