If you're on the slopes of Brighton or Park City Mountain resort at the end of this month you might wonder what all the cameras and trucks are up to. Nope, it's not Warren Miller or TGR hunting for epic powder stashes. The Disney Channel is shooting a new family film which is executive produced by Oly and X-Games star Shaun White (sans red shag). No word yet on whether he'll actually act in the movie but expect him to pull a few signature halfpipe stunts.
White will produce in conjunction with High School Musical Alum Ashley Tisdale. It's unconfirmed whether she'll co-star or stay behind the scenes.
The movie is called Cloud Nine and centers around a couple of teenage snowboarders, their parents, romance and a halfpipe competition or two. The mom of one of the leads owns a luxury pet spa so expect most of those scenes to be shot at PCMR considering dogs are not allowed up Big Cottonwood Canyon due to watershed restrictions.
The filming begins during the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival and continues through February. The first round of background/extras casting is this Saturday, January 5, so if you want a glimpse of Hollywood grab your headshot/photo and resume and head on down to Salt Lake City. You don't even have to be a snowboarder although it might help you get noticed. Auditions are located at 980 South 700 West from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. They're looking for 18- 70 year olds of any ethnicity; snowboarding experience a plus but not required. The pay is $101.50 per day and will include snacks and meal(s). Just expect long days in the cold so no whining.
Cloud Nine is Utah's first feature film of 2013 but not even close to being the last. Rumors have it this spring will explode with productions all over the state. Currently, Utah offers a 25 percent rebate or a 25 percent refundable tax credit to encourage productions companies to shoot among the Wasatch Range. The state also offers a sales and use tax exemption for qualified goods and services, in addition to exemptions on lodging taxes for stays of 30 days or longer. All these rebates and exemptions mean films, television pilots, series and commercials can save a truckload of cash on production costs. However, don't look for anything soon from Park City's notorious Raleigh Studios (producer of films like "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers."). The company negotiated a land deal last year with Park City but we've yet to see a single hole dug in the ground. The official statement on progress from the Studio: "We have no update provided." According to Marshall Moore at the Utah Film Commission, "They do not have proper funding for any projects in Utah so we aren't likely to see anything happen this year."