Boston-based production company, Camp 9 Films released their first movie this week, a detective drama appropriately named, Boston. The film, penned by Ralph Celestin, chronicles a father and son detective duo who risk their badges to try and take down Boston’s most notorious criminal. The first three episodes of the film are available for online viewing now on Camp 9′s website.
Camp 9 Films CEO, Wes Williams founded the company in December, 2009 with a group of eight friends interested in making films in Boston. Although many of the founders dropped out of the project when the real work began, Williams kept the company going and kept the business in Boston.
“We have so much talent here, it’s ridiculous,” said Williams in reference to the East Coast’s talent pool. ”I’m tired of Hollywood acting like Hollywood is it.”
Camp 9 Films has focused mostly on professional photography and music video shoots since its beginning, but Boston is the production company’s first major film. William stresses that the end result is a combination of some of Boston’s greatest talents.
“My focus for this whole thing is collaboration and working with people,” Williams said.
Williams reached out to the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, whose students were eager to help out on a real film set. Other aspects of the film were completed with help from local companies, such as Cybersound Recording Studio on Newbury Street and Kutroc Records.
Williams has opted to use unique techniques to release the film. Starting June 20, three episodes of Boston were released on the web, similar to a web series. The film will we be released in full though Comcast and RCN, with a screening planned for early September.
Despite some setbacks due to a snowy Boston winter, Williams says shooting in Beantown was a great experience.
“I think working in Boston definitely does not hold you back,” says Williams. ”Working in Boston provides a lot of opportunities. There is a lot of underdeveloped stuff.”
Up next for Camp 9 Films is a comedy, set to release in 2012 and Williams plans to keep working in Boston. He is also full of encouraging words and advice for those looking to make it in the Hub’s film industry.
“Keep your head up and all the hard work will definitely pay off,” said Williams. ”Go for the gold.”