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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Is there a place near where you live (or that you’re familiar with) that would make a great movie location?

Fenway Park

Nice piece in USA Today about Boston’s Fenway Park as a movie location:

“When it comes to making a ballpark a Hollywood star, Boston has seized the market,” says sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy, author of Fenway: A Biography in Words and Picture.

Producer Jason Clark says the ballpark, which opened in 1912, was the best location for [the film Ted’s] climax. “We couldn’t have ended the movie in a better way. When you are doing a Boston movie and trying to capture the spirit of the place, Fenway is so intertwined. It’s almost a requirement that you honor one of the city’s great cathedrals.”

Perhaps the most famous scene honoring the park was from 1989’s Field of Dreams, in which Kevin Costner’s ultimate baseball romantic character takes a reclusive writer (James Earl Jones) for an inspirational game at Fenway.

“For anyone from New England, Fenway is sort of heaven,” says Peter Farrelly. “Being on the field was one of the highlights of my life. If you get a chance to shoot there, you do it.”

Is there a place near where you live (or that you’re familiar with) that would make a great movie location? I’m thinking of a place that hasn’t been on film much or at all, but you know how amazing it is and figure it would look great onscreen… and perhaps capture something of the local flavor of where you live. And what sort of scene(s) should be set there?

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