Do you wanna be in pictures? Maybe Austin, Texas is the place for you!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

A couple of days ago, I was driving on City Park Road headed toward Emma Long Metropolitan Park, which sits right on Lake Austin.  It's a relaxing drive on a winding road, and it was a beautiful October day.  As I came around a corner, I noticed that there was a police car following three trucks very closely.  They were moving at a crawl, which seemed odd to me. 

Later, as I was headed back up the same road to leave the park area, the police car had its lights on and all three of the trucks were pulled over.  I got a good look at the policeman, and something seemed out of the ordinary to me.  He looked scraggly with a large mustache, rather than the normal clean-cut appearance that I am used to seeing.  Then I realized that the trucks had lots of cameras mounted on them.  They were shooting a movie scene!  How cool is that? 

Austin was named #2 on the list of Top 10 American Cities to be a MovieMaker by Moviemaker Magazine.  Austin has actually held this position for three straight years.  This is not surprising to me, considering the number of movies that have been created in central Texas over the years.  Here is a list I found.  The magazine praised Austin, saying, ""each year, the Austin Film Commission manages to outdo itself in bringing exciting new programs and initiatives to city, from the smallest detail to the biggest."

One very large-scale project is underway east of the city.  Villa Muse is going to be developed on almost 1,100 acres of land near Webberville, which is about 15 minutes east of downtown Austin.  The project is to include a full-blown movie studio, recording studio, 70,000-seat amphitheatre, and it is predicted that it will add about 4,000 jobs to the local economy.  Additionally, developers are planning to surround the studio with homes in various themes.  Residents who purchase these properties will be living on a "residential backlot", with movies being filmed along the streets. 

This promises to be a very exciting development for Austin, and it will likely change the entire landscape of the area east of town.  The scope of the investment is estimated to be around $2-3 billion.

If you are interested in moving to Austin to pursue your dreams, please feel free to call or email me anytime.  I would love the opportunity to help you find the right home or investment property.  I can be reached at 512-796-7653 (cell) or jason@austintexashomes.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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JOEY - Honestly, I think it's more exciting to think about meeting Bill Murray (who is one of my all-time favorites), even briefly.  By the way, I do a pretty decent impression of him from "Caddyshack" as well as Todd from the old SNL skits with Gilda Radner.

KATHY - The sheer size of this project does promise to change things a lot around here, especially in that particular area.

TRICIA - Thanks for stopping by to comment on this post.  I always thought the square in Georgetown was very much like the one from "Back to the Future".  As for Webberville, they are in for a big shock in the next couple of years.  I think that should be a very strong investment area, especially since prices are still quite low.

Oct 06, 2007 04:17 PM #8
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Hey Jason -- very cool post. It's always fun to watch the making of a movie especially when it's in your own town or city. Over the years there have been a few movies done here in the Mesa/Phoenix area. Most of the cast typically head up to Scottsdale if they are sticking around to film for a few days! A movie in the theater now is one that was done here in Phoenix and mainly in Mesa on an old base that was converted to our ASU East Campus and housing for students and young families that are going to school. The movie is "The Kingdom" with Jamie Fox. At the time of the filming I lived fairly close and it was interesting that they had to put out notices one week to let us know that they were going to be blowing up the set, valued at thousands of dollars to build and to not worry and be too alarmed!! The filming crews were awesome as the locals were allowed to watch at a distance to see some of the making of the movie. Unfortunately, it is rated "R" so it probably is not a great movie for a family outing of course!  I am undecided if I will make it just yet to see it. But nonetheless always cool to see a movie made in town. That's very cool you will be getting a movie studio in Austin....you might get to see a few premieres!!
Oct 06, 2007 04:29 PM #9
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CANDACE - Thanks so much for your enthusiastic comments.  I am excited about the prospect of having a real movie studio right here in our backyard.  They mentioned that they are planning to have the largest water tank for filming in the United States (I assume for ocean scenes, etc.).  "The Kingdom" looks interesting, but I will probably see it via Netflix.  I hope to have the opportunity to watch some more scenes being filmed - maybe I can be an extra sometime, although I have heard that it's not very glamorous work.
Oct 06, 2007 05:00 PM #10
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You ought to be in pictures!! A handsome McBlogger like you. Don't just watch the thing happen jump out of your car and get in the movie.
Oct 06, 2007 05:27 PM #11
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ALAN - You're right - next time I will do that.  I really should have been more proactive!
Oct 06, 2007 05:33 PM #12
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Hi Jason:  So, if am I to read between the lines, soon we will all see you as one of the next "super hero's" on the screen.  Well, we need to come up with a name for you.

What an awesome development for the city of Austin.  That sounds so very exciting.  And the prospect of 4000 new jobs... how wonderful is that ? 

Oct 06, 2007 06:16 PM #13
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JASON:  This is a very interesting project.  I'm not sure that I'd want to live on a movie set, but I'm sure that others will.  Anything that can create that many jobs for the local economy can only be good for the area, and in turn good for you.  More jobs = more money in the area = more need for housing.  Sounds like you're in a good situation even if you don't move in to movie town.
Oct 06, 2007 06:22 PM #14
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ADAM - I won't be moving there myself, but I have a good friend who is a minor partner in the project, and we are supposed to get together and discuss the residential side sometime soon.  He said that he wants my help, and he doesn't trust anyone else to assist him.  It is still early in the process, but it could be a great thing for my career when it comes to fruition!
Oct 06, 2007 06:38 PM #15
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KAREN ANNE - I would love to hear the name that you would come up with for me as a superhero.  Name away!  Yes, this is a very exciting and interesting development for Austin, and it promises to bring a rather large ripple effect on the local economy.
Oct 06, 2007 06:41 PM #16
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Hi Jason, that's a great post, very well put together and very interesting.  I've never been to Austin, but I've probably seen it in a movie or two!  I loved "What's Eating Gilbert Grape". 
Oct 07, 2007 03:34 AM #17
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SHARON - Thanks for your time and for the great compliment.  I was trying to make my Localism post a bit more interesting.  Austin is a great place to live and work, and you're right - you probably have seen it a time or two in the movies.  One of the more recent movies that I have seen with recognizable Austin landmarks is "Office Space", which is hilarious in my opinion.
Oct 07, 2007 10:37 AM #18
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Absolutely adore "Office Space" and I've seen it over and over!  Love the mumbling stapler guy.  When I'm having technical difficulties, I always remember the scene where they take the machine out into a field and assassinate it.  So now I know that was most likely a field somewhere in Austin, Texas!
Oct 08, 2007 04:32 AM #19
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Lysa Napolitano
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Jason, no kidding? I'm making a phone call to a friend who's an out of work actor here in FL. Hollywood must be stopping in TX now, they aren't knocking on our door anymore :( Good for ya'll bad for us!
Oct 08, 2007 04:36 AM #20
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SHARON - I also liked the "field destroy" scene in "Office Space"!  I like how it was presented like a mafia slaying.  Great movie!

LYSA - Send your friend to Austin.  Sorry to hear that they aren't there as much anymore.  I believe the studio is set to open in 2009.  Thanks for your comments!

Oct 08, 2007 04:50 AM #21
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Jason:

 

just wanted to say Hi and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COWBOYS!!!! Talk with you later

Oct 09, 2007 06:17 AM #22
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Go Cowboys alright!  I think God just wanted them to win that game.  I have never seen anything like that before.

Oct 09, 2007 06:47 AM #23
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Jason: That is a huge list of movies. I had no idea that so much had been done there. That is really cool!! Thanks for pointing me to this post. :-)
Dec 21, 2007 12:27 AM #24
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ELIZABETH - You are welcome.  Austin has really come into its own as a spot for making movies these days.  Thanks for checking out this post!
Dec 21, 2007 05:44 PM #25
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Jason:

Great post. I found this post on the Austin/ California connection., I think you and I are the king of this group so why not moderate. I seledt me and you aa the Featured posts for the month. Ha.

Feb 22, 2008 07:22 AM #26
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Jason,

You mentioned 'Office Space' and I just loved that movie. Did you know the place that Jennifer Aniston 'worked' was actually the "Old Alligator Grill' on South Lamar?!?  They even have some photos on the walls of the stars that were taken while they filmed in Austin. Oh yeah the food and drinks are good as well.... and the waiters don't wear 'flair'!

Betina

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