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Camillus/Solvay: Film crew feels right at home

As production continues for Lonely Joe, a movie being filmed in several locations around the area, there has been strong local support from the communities involved with the project.

Lonely Joe is Executive Producer John Kraddock's second feature film that has been shot in the area. His first film, called Sessions, was filmed in Syracuse during the May and June months.

"The people have been fantastic," Kraddock said. "Between Elbridge, Jordan, Solvay and Syracuse we have over 30 locations we're shooting in, and everyone has been more that happy to help. I don't think we've had a single person turn us down for location permission. The local governments have been very eager to help."

The film falls into the category of a "modified-low budget film" according to the Screen Actors Guild, meaning that the film is under a two million-dollar budget.

"That's one of the reasons that I hope we can grow the industry here," Kraddock said. "Shooting in L.A., New York or any other metropolitan area, it's like everyone's got their hand out all of the time, which makes it impossible to shoot on this kind of budget and get any sort of quality out of it. When you're shooting a low-budget feature, you kind of have to depend on the kindness of strangers to get it in with the amount of money you have to work with. We essentially have a small motion-picture studio we have to move around every day, sometimes twice a day, so the logistics involved with this and the amount of equipment required to get Hollywood-quality results puts a lot of pressure on us."

The tentative 19-day shooting schedule started mid-October, and is scheduled to wrap up sometime around Nov. 5 depending on variables such as weather. According to Kraddock, a typical feature film takes about six weeks to shoot.

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