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March 26, 2013

Ninja movie filming in Tupper Lake

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The mayor said movie crews rented several houses in Tupper Lake, with other staff staying at Best Western in Saranac Lake.

And the movie company contracted locally for catering on what appears to be a very active set.

“I know they’re spending money, and there’s a lot of activity up and down that road to the Ski Center,” Maroun said.

“The Fire Department brought water to them — they have to keep their cars clean for the filming, so we filled up their tanker.

“And I know they’ve been making scenery, cutouts and props. The special-effects people had a pizza party the other night for about 40 people at one of their houses in Tupper.”

‘THRILLED’

ARISE (Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving our Economy) and Preserve Associates, resort developers who own Big Tupper Ski Center, were instrumental in securing the location for Paramount.

“The community of Tupper Lake is thrilled that Paramount chose Big Tupper for this segment of filming,” ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley said via email Monday.

“From a local perspective, the impact from the production has been well received, with the crew eating at various restaurants, having their meals catered by local eateries, staying at local motels and just visiting the businesses in the region.

“It was unfortunate that ARISE could not open the ski area due to financial difficulties (this season), but it ended up being a positive turn of events because Paramount needed a closed ski area.”

No public entry is allowed, LaValley said of the location. 

“Vehicles visiting the area will be stopped by security, well away from the ski area entrance. The film being produced will not be released until spring of 2014. Tupper Lake village and town officials, ARISE and Preserve Associates were all instrumental in making the film happen (here).”

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