Parts on Disney’s Tommorowland Movie Filmed in Altamonte Springs

from The Orlando Sentinel

The reviews for “Tomorrowland,” the new George Clooney movie from Disney, may be mixed. But Central Florida’s supporting role as a backdrop — most filming took place in Vancouver — could entice local filmgoers to visit the multiplex.

“The Space Coast and NASA are clearly recognizable,” said Sheena Fowler, director of film & digital media at the Orlando Film Commission. “The Orlando locations include [main character] Casey Newton’s home in Altamonte Springs and a driving sequence that we filmed on 436 and Uptown Altamonte.”

Her office started assisting the production in 2013. “In November 2013, we worked with them on several locations including Seminole County and Altamonte Springs,” Fowler said. “They also filmed in Titusville and Brevard County.”

“Tomorrowland” spent five days shooting in Orange, Seminole and Brevard counties, but 50 days of local work were necessary, Fowler said.

Fowler supplied these figures: “Tomorrowland” employed 600 local workers and had $4.5 million in payroll. Twenty-seven vendors were used with a total $2.4 million spent on them. The total economic impact was $7 million.

The director is Brad Bird, whose credits include “The Incredibles” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” He wrote the script with Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof (“Lost”). The film also stars Hugh Laurie (“House”), Britt Robertson (“Under the Dome”) and Judy Greer (“Two and a Half Men”).

But critics seemed mostly disappointed about the story of a teen girl (Robertson) transported to Tomorrowland to bolster the utopia.

Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal complained that the film “never comes together as coherent drama” and dismissed it as “a polemic in favor of positive thinking.”

A.O. Scott of The New York Times writes that “the action is more frantic than thrilling and the sense of wonder rarely materializes.” Scott complained that the film isn’t “in any way convincing or enchanting.”

Brian Truitt of USA Today was more impressed and said the film resembled its theme-park title. “‘Tomorrowland’ is a spectacular ride for most of it, and while you’re a little let down at the end, you kind of want to jump back on and do it all over again,” he wrote.

Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie guide, on Friday morning put the critics’ take at 51 percent out of 100 but the audience score was 70 percent. “Ambitious and visually stunning, ‘Tomorrowland’ is unfortunately weighted down by uneven storytelling,” Rotten Tomatoes summarized the critical consensus.

As for Fowler, she was thrilled by what the film meant to local workers. “I was incredibly proud to watch the credits roll on the Florida crew,” she said. “The creators of this film, Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, are all highly regarded, and working with Brad Bird’s direction allowed us all to challenge our skills and rise to the occasion.”

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