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April 24, 2008

The opening of Plymouth Rock Studios in South Plymouth may still be uncertain, or years away, but one small part of the operation is already up and running in the town's historic Cordage Park. The Plymouth Rock team operates out of executive offices there, according to project coordinator Peter Fleury, and some small-scale filming about the project has begun.

"Plymouth Rock: The Series" is being filmed and produced in a suite of rooms near the executive offices. It will be shown this fall on local cable television.

David Kirkpatrick, a principal of Plymouth Rock, described "Plymouth Rock: The Series" as "a documentary view of these Hollywood folk who come to Massachusetts to build a world-class studio."

Says Kirkpatrick: "It's a clash of two cultures - like fish out of water on both sides - for comedic purposes." It will feature both fictional and non-fictional characters. "We'll play around with reality a bit," he said. It is similar, he says, to the show "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Another show, called "Can You See It?" filmed at the Cordage Park studio and already running on local cable television, is informational, Kirkpatrick said, focusing on the Plymouth project.

The film company has also leased a large area in Cordage and is equipping it for a special-effects operation called Rock CGI. That component, expected to be online by the end of this year, will support a workforce of 200 graphic artists and illustrators, producing computer-generated imagery for movies and television.

Recruiting has begun and resumes are being reviewed.

Kirkpatrick said the studio team has already met with officials from a six-college network of two- and four-year institutions in Southeastern Massachusetts, where they found several programs in graphic illustration.

"We're finding a lot of local people really have good credentials," Kirkpatrick said.

According to Kirkpatrick, the work at Rock CGI will be a combination of artistry and technology, some of which will result in fully animated movies such as "Finding Nemo." Others will be a combination of the virtual world and live action, similar to what is seen in "300" and "Moulin Rouge."

CHRISTINE LEGERE

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