Movie magic being made in Meriden


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s no better place to produce a Christmas movie than New England.

Hollywood stars came to the city of Meriden to shoot a holiday movie.

Chelsea Vale said, “A lot of productions are coming here to Connecticut. So, it has been really, really great. The landscapes, the architecture here you just can’t beat it.”

Producer David Gere added, “Christmas in Connecticut it makes perfect sense. New England, the classic backdrops. Winter is settling in. We don’t have snow yet, but we made snow for the locations, so it is just a great match.”

Connecticut has become a hotbed location to film Christmas movies. With a little bit of movie magic, an ordinary location can turn into a Connecticut Christmas classic.

A Hollywood film crew decorated the armory building on East Main Street, complete with lights and decorations.

Gere said, “It’s an incredible space and we were able to make it a legitimate Hollywood-level sound stage in a matter of a couple months.”

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The armory building is over a hundred years old. It has more than 20 rooms and is a perfect place to make Hollywood movies.

The movie is based on Italian folklore called “La Befana.” It’s about a broomstick-riding witch who delivers gifts to children.

Actor Taylor Vale describes his character, “I’m like the henchman of ‘La Befana,’ so I’m like her sidekick. Her one-hand man that helps to do everything.”

Chelsea Vale told News 8, “My character is opposite from these guys. They are the evil twins, evil elf twins, and I play the good elf.”

Talented makeup artists transform the actors into on-screen characters.

Tanner Vale said, “These ears are very comfortable. I slept in them so we don’t have to redo them and to keep the special effects artist happy.”

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes. Even the actors get starstruck when they get to work face-to-face with their favorite stars.

Chelsea Vale told News 8, “There’s a huge crew and team that’s behind us in this entire production, so all from the stars that we had. We had Barbara Eden, which is incredible to have her on set. We had Denise Richards, another mega star. Patrick Muldoon, Jamie Luner… So having all of those along with the cast, it was such an honor. It was such an honor to join that cast.”

Gere said the architecture in New England sells Christmas more than anything. He plans on making more movies here.

He added, “It is exciting to the LA-Hollywood executives because they are normally in sound stages or small spaces in Los Angeles and they have to fake or create or build everything.”

The movie will hit theaters next year. 

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