See how Cleveland locations are picked for major motion pictures

Filmed in Cleveland: Finding locations for movie shoots in the city by the Lake

Filmed in Cleveland: Finding locations for movie shoots in the city by the Lake

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - When a major movie shoot, like the latest Marvel movie or White Boy Rick comes to Cleveland, they didn’t just happen to show up. It’s normally the result of hard work on the part of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, an organization that is dedicated to bringing movie shoots to the city.

Thanks to its mix of classical and modern city architecture, and easy access to nearly rural areas, Cleveland has a variety of location “faces” that can work as multiple time eras, as well as stand-ins for other cities.

Wendt spends many days going out to photograph and scout possible locations to suggest to directors. The locations are as diverse as shopping malls, abandoned factories, high-end apartments and rolling fields.

The only things Cleveland can’t provide, according to Wendt, are mountains and deserts. (But with CGI, they can fake it.)

Take a look at a small part of what goes into his day, as he and the film commission work toward building a thriving, year-round job market for Cleveland’s burgeoning film industry.

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