While Fennelly, a film producer, says that he’d considered bringing films to Otsego County before, the idea to film “The Automatic Hate” in Otsego County actually came from its director, Justin Lerner.
“It was one of these total happenstance, serendipity type of things,” said Fennelly, who said that Lerner came to him with a farm house in Mount Vision that he wanted to film at.
“The Automatic Hate” is set primarily in upstate New York and Boston, and the decision was made to film both upstate New York and Boston scenes in Otsego County. This filming took place over the month of September in Mount Vision, Cooperstown and Oneonta.
“It was fantastic,” said Fennelly, when asked his thoughts on the filming, saying it was a lot like shooting at home. “It was everything that I was hoping it would be.”
He also said that the other people working on the film also enjoyed the experience.
“It was kind of like summer camp for the crew,” said Fennelly. “I think that everybody felt it was a nice change of pace from shooting in the city.”
Fennelly also said that shooting “The Automatic Hate” had been a benefit to the local economy.
“We used local housing, local catering, as much local resources as we could,” said Fennelly.
As for his thoughts on what makes upstate New York attractive for filmmakers, Fennelly cited the area’s varied landscapes, as well as tax incentives. He also said that people were receptive to the shoots themselves.
“People are more accommodating than in New York City,” said Fennelly, saying that in the city film shoots are fairly commonplace. “People (in upstate New York) are actually excited when a film shoot comes in.”