Did you know: “Oz” filmed in Michigan

March 6th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by under Entertainment
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” spent months filming in Michigan

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” poster courtesy Disney

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” was filmed mostly – about 6 months – in 2011 at Pontiac’s Michigan Motion Picture Studios, which was then called Raleigh Michigan Studios (the name changed a few months after production wrapped).

“Oz: The Great and Powerful”is the largest film to ever be shot in Michigan.

The estimated $200 million dollar budget movie spent about half that in Michigan…  $105-million movie took over all seven sound stages for much of 2011.   “Oz” came to Pontiac because it was approved for a $40-million Michigan film tax credit.

The Disney 3D epic prequel was directed by Michigan native Sam Raimi (born in Royal Oak, MI).

L. Frank Baum’s book “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was heavily influenced by landmarks in Holland, Michigan where he would spend summers with his great-grandfather.   The  Yellow Brick Road was reportedly named after the winding cobblestone roads in the town.

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” was filmed in 3D, being released in traditional 2D, as well as in 3D and IMAX 3D format.

Lansing native Tim Holmes plays “The Strongman” in the 1905 Kansas Circus scenes at the beginning of the movie… he has a few lines of dialogue.

Michigan’s many connections to Michigan: http://youtu.be/aG5y4ZxJ9SU

2011 post about “Oz” coming to Michigan: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2011/05/13/no-place-like-michigan-wizard-of-oz-prequel-coming-soon/

I’ll post my review of the movie early Friday morning, just after midnight!

And I’ll have 2 stories on the production – with reaction from the cast and crew that made the movie possible.


“Oz: The Great and Powerful” poster courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

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2 Responses to “Did you know: “Oz” filmed in Michigan”

  1. Denny Olson says:

    Baum also visited his friend W.W. Denslow in the “Castle Park” section of Holland.
    Denslow illustrated the first two OZ books and lived in Holland. A home there that looks like a castle also was the influence for the castle in the land of OZ.
    A book about Denslow was published by Central Michigan University.
    Another out-of-print book was published in 1976 about Castle Park and Michigan Author also mentioned Castle Park in his book about the history of Holland.

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