Schools Find themselves on the Big Screen

by NYC Firm Schools on July 10, 2009

With all the attention received from the NYC Prep show on Bravo, many people forget that private and public schools across the nation are routinely used for movies and television.

In the summer of last year, the small, rural town of Tolland, Connecticut became the backdrop for a horror movie. Wes Craven used the recently closed Tolland High School as the staging grounds for his new horror movie, 25/8. The small school atmosphere was exactly what the famous director was looking for to portray the fictional Riverton High School.

WFSB.com carried the story about the school’s movie debut:

The movie is set to be shot both inside and outside the school.
Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Katy Zachry reported that the building’s classrooms, hallways, offices and auditorium would be used in the film.
“The scenes portray the average comings and goings of everyday life in an average high school,” the movie’s production company said in a letter. “Neither the name of the school, nor the town of Tolland will appear in the film. A fictitious name will be attributed to both.”

Access Atlanta recently talked about the filming at the Westminster Private School, on West Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta.

If you happened by the Westminster School in the middle of the night recently, you might have seen:
Sandra Bullock. Tim McGraw. Football games that lasted until dawn.
Filming of “The Blind Side,” based on Michael Lewis’ best-seller about former Ole Miss lineman Michael Oher, took over the West Paces Ferry Road private school for three weeks following graduation

“They kept our coloring (forest green and white) but changed the name on the scoreboard to Briarcrest. They took Wildcats off the concession stand and changed it to Crusaders,” Dimon said. “They had armies of people to make sure all the details were right.”

Schools across the nation are used for movies and television on a regular basis as the cost for movie and TV sets are driven up. Who knows, maybe your school will be on the big screen next.

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