07/05/2011 15:09 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
The Nation’s Capital also got some screen time in Paramount Pictures’ Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, from landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and Memorial Bridge to huge explosions near the National Mall.
“Movies are one of the things we’re still making in this country, and every U.S. city would like a piece of that industry,” the Washington Post’s Reliable Source wrote last week on Transformers’s contribution to Washington, D.C.’s economy.
The production spent three days in D.C. last October, spending close to $2.5 million and employing 180 local residents in jobs ranging from production assistant to extras. As the D.C. Film Office reported: “The production booked hundreds of room nights in District hotels, contracted with many DC-based vendors for a variety of goods and services, dined in local restaurants, shopped in neighborhood stores, and hired residents as cast and crew.”
Of course, the effect of the motion picture and television industry on the local economy in the District of Columbia extends further. The industry is responsible for 4,215 direct jobs and $427 million in wages in the District, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 1,100 of the jobs are production-related. In just the last couple of years, a number of televisions shows and movies have filmed in Washington, from How Do You Know? and Salt to Meet the Press and Situation Room.
Just goes to show you don’t always have to blow something up to make a real impact.