If you’re a fan of the Jesse Stone movie series, then as well as the excellent characters and great storylines that you have come to enjoy (and expect) from the films, you will also be a fan of the setting of each picture. Despite the murder and drama that takes place across the series, Jesse’s home town of Paradise sure does look idyllic and is great to look at on screen.
But where are the Jesse Stone movies filmed? If you wanted to visit some of the locations seen on screen, where would you need to travel to?
The Jesse Stone movies are filmed in the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has provided the backdrop to the popular film series since 2004, when production began on Stone Cold (2005) – the first movie to be shot in the series.
Each entry that has followed has returned to the area, making use of various locations to provide the right setting for the movies. This is a beautiful area of the world, and it is reflected across the films, with areas of Blue Rocks and Halifax doubling for Paradise.
Filming the Jesse Stone movies in Nova Scotia has proved a success for the production team, with Jake Rose, head of Sony Pictures Television Movies and Mini-Series Production commenting in 2011, “we always enjoy our time here.”
Speaking in a press release, he said: “From great cast and crew to strong financial incentives, Nova Scotia always proves to be one of the optimal filming locations for our productions.”
The partnership has been a two-way street too, with the Jesse Stone movies bringing a great deal of investment to the local area. Ahead of the eighth movie, Benefit of the Doubt, the production team had spent $17 million in Nova Scotia and this increased with the production of the next movie too.
Speaking at the time, Ann MacKenzie, President and CEO of Film Nova Scotia, said: “We are proud to maintain our strong relationship with the Jesse Stone team and are happy that they are able to continue to fulfil their production needs here in Nova Scotia.”
Hopefully, if the long-awaited tenth Jesse Stone movie happens, Nova Scotia will also play host to the movie. I guess we will have to wait and see, but for now, this has been a great home to Jesse Stone.
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