Is Hamilton County Ready for its Close-up?
By Ann Craig-Cinnamon
Movies. Just the mention of that word stirs up images of our favorite films. Film making is an exciting industry, but not an easy one. And it’s even more difficult if you’re trying to do it from Indiana and not from the west or east coast.
Sure, there have been big movies shot in Indiana, such as Hoosiers, A League of their Own and Eight Men Out. But big Hollywood feature films with an Indiana connection are rare. Surprisingly though, there is a robust film making community in Indiana, and in Hamilton County.
Amy Howell, the Director of Communications and Media Relations with the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, reports that statewide there were 192 projects last year, which could include feature films, short films, commercial productions, TV shoots, and music videos. There are no specific numbers for Hamilton County, however the Visit Hamilton County website lists three movies shot in the county in the last year. Howell says Indiana is a great place for filming. "Film making is a growing industry in Indiana. We have several schools that support this craft," she says.