Until a few years ago, Hollywood seldom set up cameras north of Boston. But that changed after the state began offering a tax credit that allows producers to recoup millions in rebates, a move that has lured major stars such as Larry David and Jon Hamm to shoot in the region.
Actors Jon Hamm, left, and Larry David talk prior to a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston. Next
Larry David, who cocreated “Seinfeld” and also created and stars in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” chose areas north of Boston to replicate Martha’s Vineyard, where the film “Clear History” — about a fallen marketing whiz — is set.
Left: Larry David strolls through the crowd of extras while shooting "Clear History" at the Topsfield Fair. Next
Besides Topsfield, scenes have been shot in Beverly, Essex, and North Andover.
At left: Jesus Escalera of Lynn, a teacher at North Shore Academy in Beverly, brought his students to see the filming at the Topsfield Fair. He is a big Larry David fan. Next
In addition to a scene at West Beach in Beverly Farms, the film spent a couple of days at the North Shore Music Theatre on Dunham Road.
Left: Kate Hudson spent some time with her sons, Bingham (left) and Ryder, at the Topsfield Fair between shooting scenes for "Clear History." Next
“Clear History” is the second film that has set down roots on the North Shore this summer, following Adam Sandler’s "Grown Ups 2." Sandler’s film was shot in Lowell, Lynn, Marblehead, Saugus, Swampscott, and Tyngsborough.
Marianne Murray (left), of Winthrop, came to the fair to see Kate Hudson. "I'm a humungous fan of hers," she said. Next
There are now almost 300 full-time workers on the set, with at least 275 of them local residents. They include film technicians, art and wardrobe consultants, carpenters, and about 50 local actors who serve as extras.
Left: Larry David throws a ball during a dunk-tank scene shot at the Topsfield Fair. Next
The economic boost could not have come at a better time for the Topsfield Fair, where rain kept some of the expected crowds away last week.
Left: Larry David is seen on the set of his new movie while filming at a construction site in North Andover. Back to the beginning
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