CBS Films location manager David Weinstein is very familiar with Ligonier, as his sister has lived in the town for many years. “I am a local location scout in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas, so when a film or a TV show comes in and they need a location, of course anytime they say anything that is Norman Rockwell-like, this is the spot,” he said.
“Let It Snow” — a feature film starring John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and Alan Arkin — will have a crew of 15 people filming on the Ligonier Diamond the afternoon of Dec. 19 to capture a scene of the Christmas lights illuminating the bandstand area. Thursday night, Ligonier Borough council gave CBS Films its blessing to do the shots. “It sounds like a great idea to me,” said councilman Jim McDonnell. Weinstein brought director Jessie Nelson, who directed the 2001 movie “I Am Sam” to the area a month ago. “She really loves the Diamond, the way the lights look,” Weinstein said.
The family-friendly film, due out Christmas 2015, centers on family members returning home for the holidays, Weinstein said. The movie will be filmed between January and March entirely in the Pittsburgh region, he said. The company plans to apply for a film tax credit incentive. The Ligonier scene will be part of a montage that involves Santa Claus leaning back to relax on a bench, just when he thinks his work is done, he said. Though it’s being filmed in the afternoon, crews have special filters to place on their cameras to make the scene look like dusk, he said. Filming will last between 90 minutes and two hours, Weinstein said, and restricting traffic will not be necessary. CBS Films is donating $500 to the borough for its cooperation.
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