Beyond Education: Movies, Entertainment, and More
by Ariela Buxbaum-Grice on Friday, October 3rd, 2014
On Saturday, September 20th, the crew of the upcoming movie Good Kids filmed scenes around the Milton campus. Many boarders watched a large crew of actors, including Sky High star Nicholas Braun, shoot in front of Forbes dining hall at 6 P.M. Other filming locations included the Faulkner Health Center, the quad, areas behind the tennis lots, and the entrance to Forbes dormitory.
“It’s rad that we [rent out Milton facilities for films], especially because sometimes they take our older kids as extras,” says Caroline Wall (I).
Good Kids is not the only film that features shots of campus. The Judge (2013), The Makeover (2012), The Social Network (2010), The Box (2009), and The Witches of Eastwick (1987) are a few of the films that chose to use Milton’s 130-acre campus as a filming location. In addition, Milton’s campus has been the backdrop for commercials for companies such as T.J.Maxx, Nike, and Fidelity.
Paula Bonarrigo, who manages the rental of facilities, says that the school is “careful about what we bring here.” For example, she reviewed the script for the scenes of Good Kids that would be filmed at Milton. In addition, Milton has a contract with film companies that prohibits the director from identifying the school in any way.
To rent a Milton facility, one must fill out an event inquiry form. The form requests information about the event, its location, the time at which it will be used, the number of people attending the event, and any additional campus safety needs. The form is submitted to Ms. Bonarrigo, who is in contact with faculty and campus safety officers. When deciding to whom Milton will rent out its facilities, Ms. Bonarrigo says that she has to take into account whether or not a given event will impact the student body. “School still has to exist around [other events on campus].” The school works to “try to maximize as much [renting out facilities] as we can without impacting programming.” Still, whenever there is an opportunity for students to be involved with an event occurring on campus, Milton encourages student participation. Ms. Bonarrigo says that the film company “worked with film students.” This collaboration “gives the students insight into how a movie is made.”
Many of Milton’s facilities are rented out two to three times a week to outside companies as well as Milton Academy families, alumni, and faculty. The Apthorp Chapel, the ice rink, gymnasiums in the RSG and ACC, as well as King Theatre, Straus Library, Wigglesworth Hall, the Student Center, Pieh Commons, Withington Room, Thatcher, and academic classrooms are all available options. The Apthorp Chapel is primarily used for weddings and memorial services, the Athletic fields are used for Milton town sports teams (such as Little League practice), and many buildings are available for use as conference and meeting facilities. The ice rink in the ACC is a popular rental facility for external parties—it is has open hours in the winter and is available for rent from November through mid-March.
The cost of facility rental is dependent on the location to be rented, the period of time, as well as the purpose of the rental. Eligible Milton Academy employees and affiliates, for example, receive a 35% discount on the cost of rental for a personal event. The price of rental for the Apthorp Chapel is by function; chapel rental for weddings and memorial services is $800.00 for a non-Milton affiliate and includes a rehearsal and ceremony. Classroom and athletic court rentals are priced by the hour; it costs $37.00 per hour to rent a classroom, with a minimum of a four-hour rental period. It is $78.00 per court per hour to rent a gym facility. For larger functions, the rental cost is $1,000.00 for a five-hour rental period in Straus, Pieh Commons, Wigg, or Thatcher. In addition, there is a summer pool and tennis club to which membership can be purchased—it costs $565.00 for a family membership and $35.00 for a guest pass.
Before any outside companies or events can take place on campus, Ms. Bonarrigo sets up a meeting with faculty, campus safety officers, and anyone else who could be affected by their visit. The head of campus safety, Jay Hackett, makes an incident action plan that factors in what is going on at Milton and maps out what Milton facilities are needed for any given event. Mr. Hackett also acknowledges that “movie companies change like the wind” and the school has to “be flexible with them.” Still, the town of Milton is “accommodating to work with,” making renting out parts of campus easier for Milton, a service our school will continue to provide for external parties as an additional way to generate revenue.
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