By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
Goosebumps, the film based on R.L. Stine’s popular children’s horror fiction novels , wrapped up shooting in Madison on Jul. 30-31, capturing various aerial shots with the use of a helicopter.
“I think overall it has been a very positive experience,” said Ann Huff, Main Street Director. “It’s a big deal, and a big production. It’s been inconvenient at times, but I think the overall importance of the recognition and revenue it has brought in to certain businesses has been worth it, absolutely.”
“We wouldn’t want to do this every week, but occasionally, it’s a lot of fun,” added Huff. “The more people that hear about us, and come to see us, you never know where it could lead. This is the end and we just can’t wait to see the finished product when it comes out.”
Local businesses and property owners near shooting sites were asked to retrieve any potential airborne items and take them inside during filming because of the moderate winds caused by the helicopter. “This was simply a public safety issue to prevent damage to people’s items or store, as well as nearby property or persons,” said Huff. The helicopter captured footage over Town Park, West Jefferson Street, Main Street and High Street.
Sections of these roads were closed during filming. As an extra special thanks to the city of Madison, Goosebumps Productions will arrange a special early showing of the final version of the film next year right here in Madison, before the movie hits theaters in 2015.