Two films are currently being shot in Gates at Young Lion Studios. Both movie producers say a place like Rochester won’t be a secret in the film industry for long.
Inside Young Lion, formally Kodak Elmgrove, is L.A.-based writer and director Max Finneran. He says he was inspired by Rochester.
"It was so amazing here that I decided to write an entire script set at this location. I spent a year here and my wife spent a couple years here. I knew that Rochester was a great environment for filmmakers,” Finneran said.
New York State is enticing film makers with incentives. "The Shells" producer Kim Jackson says if you shoot for one day in an approved facility like, Young Lion, you're eligible for a tax incentive.
"For example, if you had a $100,000 budget the tax incentive program would get you back 30% so you would be getting back $30,000 back,” Jackson said.
Good news for independent film makers on tight budgets.
"If it's not a city film, if your story isn't about being in New York City and you're looking for a convenient, accessible location to shoot in and you still want to take advantage of the tax incentive program, Rochester is a great choice,” Jackson said.
But there's actually two movies being filmed at Young Hion.
"As if Home Alone, but if the kid were a little disturbed and he takes them all out in a serious way... not little pranks,” Eben Kostbar, “The Agression Scale’s” producer said.
Kostbar shot a movie here two years ago.
"We figured, instead of choosing another state that we weren’t really familiar with the crew and the vendors, we said why not come here?” Kostbar said.
Kostbar and his crew flew in from Los Angeles. They are also taking advantage of the tax incentive. Kostbar believes within the next 2 to 3 years people will slowly move away from New York City and LA and film in smaller locations, like Rochester.
"You don’t get that love, like as if you’re going home to mom. I feel like every time I go to Rochester I get that loving treatment. People are excited when we come,” Kostbar said.