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Sacramento turned into the new Hollywood this week. At several locations scattered throughout the downtown area, Deon Taylor Enterprises has been busy filming their next big-budget comedy/thriller movie.

The crew spent two nights filming on K Street around the 2300 block and scattered along J Street. The last day of filming, December 17, wrapped in the industrial warehouse district off Richards Boulevard.

“As a filmmaker, when I write the scripts, I know where I can get a certain look at,” said director, writer and producer Deon Taylor, a Sacramento resident. “If I want water, I know the Delta is close by. For a colder, darker feel, I come to Richards Boulevard.”

This is the fourth movie produced by Deon Taylor Enterprises in the Sacramento area. Their last movie, Hustle, also featured actor David Faustino.

“Sacramento is a great city," Faustino said. "I try to see as much as possible when I’m here, but the filming schedule makes it difficult. I love the food here, though."

The production has a crew of 35, most from the Sacramento area. Enough local residents have been trained throughout the filming of the previous movies to limit the amount of outside help needed from places like Los Angeles. Deon Taylor Enterprises also trains at-risk teens in the movie industry in jobs such as gaffer and grip. The teens are all local to the Sacramento region.

“This gives the teens a skill, a marketable skill," Taylor said. "No one cares about your background here. You are looked and judged for how well you can do your trade.”

The program to train at-risk teens has been running for two years. By Taylor’s estimates, over 10 teens have learned a trade and are now employed in the film industry.

Taylor has already written the script to his next movie. It, too, will have primary shooting location scattered throughout the Sacramento region. Taylor plans on employing close to 100 locals in various positions such as crew, catering, grips and extras.

The next step for the movie is post-production. Sound effects and voice-overs will be recorded before release. The movie is scheduled to be released late next year.


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