Those tracks may look familiar. They are on Canal Street.
The Board of Aldermen agreed Tuesday to approve a licensing agreement allowing AGT Productions, LLC, to shoot scenes from an upcoming independent film on city property Thursday through Saturday.
The movie is a missing-persons drama set in the '80's featuring Kirsten Dunst ("Spiderman") and Ryan Gosling ("The Notebook") and directed by Andrew Jarecki.
James Ryan, chairman of the Shelton Economic Development Corp., said this is the first movie he knows of that will include scenes shot in Shelton.
This may be the beginning of a new trend.
The Connecticut General Assembly established a tax credit program to encourage in-state production of digital media and motion pictures in 2006. According to this measure, production companies are eligible to receive tax credits of up to 30 percent of qualified digital media and motion picture production, pre-production and post-production expenses incurred while in state.
Several nearby towns have seen filming come to their streets ever since the state legislature developed these financial incentives, said Aldermen Jason Perillo.
"War of the Worlds," starring Tom Cruise, was partially filmed in Naugatuck in 2004 and the latest installment of the Indiana Jones series, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," includes scenes shot in downtown New Haven.
"It's exciting for Shelton," Perillo said.
In addition to the direct economic impact of a movie being shot in town, Ryan said filming draws attention to the community and helps market it as well.
This added attention may have an affect on tourism since movie buffs often visit the locations where their favorite films were shot and even make pilgrimages to see the filming in action.
AGT Productions Location Manager Gayle Vangrofsky said that her company thought Canal St. was an ideal place to shoot three scenes of "All Good Things."
"Everyone loves the sites," she said. "It is the perfect location for this movie."
Vangrofsky said that the scenes would involve a car pulling off Canal St. onto the graveled roadway, and then pulling up to the train tracks. An actor will walk onto the path dragging garbage bags, step over the train tracks, and throw the garbage bags into the river, she said.
Ryan said much of the filming will take place at night and will capitalize on the "heavy, industrial features" of the area's old factory buildings.
The production company needs to make some minor adjustments in order to shoot these scenes, including removing at least half of a fence and cleaning graffiti off a tressel. Part of the road will be closed overnight in order to accommodate the filming.
Ryan said he has been working to insure that the site is in acceptable condition for shooting and that environmental regulations are respected.
He added that while the shooting area will be cordoned off, those interested may be able to catch a glimpse of the action on Friday or Saturday.