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Hollywood returns to Northeast Ohio. Is more on the way?

As the Netflix movie 'White Noise' is busy shooting in Wellington, is this just the beginning of the filming industry's return to the area?

WELLINGTON, Ohio — The lights and cameras have returned, and action is being called once again in Ohio.

The movie industry is back filming in buckeye state, this time in the village of Wellington in Lorain County.

"There’s something magical about the industry," local casting director Angela Boehm told 3News. "I've definitely [and] myself and my colleagues definitely missed it.”

As businesses and industries continue to open back up after the pandemic shutdown, that includes Hollywood. Wellington has been transformed for the Netflix movie "White Noise" starring Adam Driver. They've had store fronts remade, old cars brought in and hundreds of extras called to the small village about 40 miles southwest of Cleveland.

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"I think I just missed the people the most," Boehm said. "You know, we were on set today with about 160 extras, and [it was great] seeing how happy everybody is to be working and telling stories."

The Ohio Film Office says "White Noise," which is expected to be streaming next year, is benefitting from more than $20 million from the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit. Boehm says the exciting thing is that other projects are applying as well, so we could see more films headed our way by the end of the year.  

"People have applied for the incentive that will be coming, hopefully, at the end of summer into fall," she added. "We should find out at the end of this month what movies those will be, so that's really exciting."

Boehm couldn't elaborate on who was applying for the credit, other than to say there are multiple projects looking to come to Ohio, including a mix of bigger budget films and smaller projects. She credits the state's place on the silver screen to the tax credit, which has generated an economic impact of about $700 million in Ohio.

However, Boehm also thinks the community settings and the people are helping to lure in the cameras.

"Cleveland's become a real hot spot to film," she said. "People love our crew, they love our location, they love our film commission. It's just a really great community here that we're really growing and building up."

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