By: Tom Meyers
August 21, 2014
Upcoming film “Sea of Trees” utilizes central MA ski area for 1-day location shoot
PRINCETON, Ma. – Wachusett Mountain was the scene of a Hollywood movie production this week as the crew for the upcoming drama “Sea of Trees” were on hand for a day-long location shoot.
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) and two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side) were on hand, along with star Oscar winner Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street). Approximately 90 members of the cast and crew were on hand filming for the day in 3 locations on the mountain. They converted the ski area parking lot in the movie “base camp” and utilized the base lodge for meals and breaks throughout the day. The film is currently in production at a variety of locations throughout Massachusetts. (for details on the movie, see attached press release).
After the day of shooting, Netter showed his appreciation by presenting the mountain staff with a Wachusett Mountain plaque signed by himself, Van Sant and McConaughey.
The August 18 shoot marked the third time Wachusett was a featured location in a Hollywood production — Shallow Hal in 2001(starring Jack Black) and The Legend of Lucy Keyes in 2004 (starring Julia Delpy and Justin Theroux).