The location manager for an upcoming movie called “The Grey Lady” says a scene that was going to be shot next week on Rice Road has been cancelled. He didn’t elaborate on why.
Before I learned this I had been looking into what’s involved when a production company chooses to film in town. For starters, the town doesn’t have any specific permitting, though as was the case with “The Grey Lady,” the film team did notify neighbors that a film shoot was scheduled.
Wellesley Executive Director Hans Larsen says: “To the extent a movie shoot involves disruptions related to traffic, parking, after-hours activity, etc., the Police get involved to review the related plans. At a minimum, we expect production companies to pay any direct costs related to their activities, e.g., Police details, use of public parking spaces, etc. In at least one instance I can recall, the production company also made a contribution to the Wellesley Food Pantry. Otherwise, the Town does not receive any compensation.”