Off-road Vehicle Video Makes Debut Here Today

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After spending two weeks last month filming at several sites throughout the Mahoning Valley, the producers of the third installment of the XP1K series “UTVUnderground.com” will post it online today.

The first local showing of the video will be held at B&O Station along with another video of the behind-the-scenes work that allowed it to be made. The behind-the-scenes video features people hired to work on the short film, first shown to audiences last weekend the Polaris Camp RZR event in Glamis, Calif.

Matt Martelli, CEO of Mad Media and director of the film, said the crew spent between $400,000 and $500,000 during their stay here. The full budget, which lists area vendors, equipment and crew, will be presented during today’s showing.

The video was filmed at several locations throughout the Valley, including Youngstown, East Liverpool and Salem. Martelli said his crew spent about $80,000 to build a Polaris RZR Turbo 1000 off-road vehicle from the ground up so the stunts could be performed.

Fred D’Amico, executive director of the Youngstown Regional Film Commission, said that in addition the Ohio Film Office’s 35% wage tax credit and 25% discount on in-state spending – both given to productions that spend a minimum of $300,000 – he expects Mad Media to receive an additional 15% to 20% discount.

At a press conference Oct. 12 to announce the project –about a week after filming began – Martelli and D’Amico said the crew members were given restaurant guides with coupons, that equipment was rented from local stores and area machine shops helped build some of the equipment used to stage the stunts.

Next week, members of the film commission and 4th Ward Councilman Mike Ray will travel to Santa Monica, Calif., to meet with film producers and discuss tax incentives in the area, according to D’Amico.

Pictured: Off-road vehicle inside abandoned Youngstown factory used as a setting for the video.

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