By Mark Reaman
The town of Crested Butte will once again have a movie close-up. Filmmakers from June Street Studios will be shooting scenes for a movie in Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte and Gunnison over the next several weeks.
Representatives of the film company met with Crested Butte town staff Tuesday, April 3 and told them they are producing a romantic/musical movie they hope to sell to the Lifetime or Hallmark network.
Filming was set to begin on the streets of town on Wednesday, April 4. Filming would also take place April 5 and 17.
“Their activity will not interrupt vehicle or pedestrian traffic. They will be on Elk Avenue during part of that time and in some of the private establishments,” explained town manager Dara MacDonald. “There will be some filming at night, when they will use LED light panels but nothing that will cause glare or inhibit drivers. They may decorate the exteriors of some private buildings along Elk and place some fabric that looks like snow. This is a Christmas movie, after all. They will not be doing any decorating of lampposts or signs in the right of way.”
MacDonald said the plan was to also film in and around a private residence off Journey’s End Road April 13-15.
“They are considering filming on the outdoor stage at the Center for the Arts after dark on April 11 and April 12,” MacDonald said. “We let them know the limitations on amplified sound and lighting and that no amplified sound or lighting would be allowed after 10 p.m. They would like to have some singer/songwriter type of music. If they do move forward they must notify the neighbors within 250 feet by April 4 to make the deadline of notice for amplified sound at least seven days prior to the private event. We let them know that the marshals have full authority to terminate the event in response to any complaints.”
MacDonald said given the relatively late notice for the film company’s requests, staff felt compelled to turn down most of their desires in terms of on-location filming. She said they also plan to do some filming for the movie in the Gunnison area.
In a letter to the Town Council, MacDonald assured the board that there would be no helicopters or drones used in the filming.