The film industry is growing in the state of Michigan, and down in Detroit. Right in the middle of it, however, a Ferris State University graduate is doing some positive things. The article below, published by the Detroit Free Press, illustrates work being done by Ferris graduate Cedric N. Lee, 29, of Rochester Hills.
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Although it was the seventh day of shooting for “The Double,” the action on the Paradise Valley set revolved around the opening scene for the movie, a political thriller that stars Gere as a retired CIA operative who joins an FBI agent (Topher Grace)
to investigate a senator’s assassination. Scheduled to wrap filming in August, “The Double” isn’t set in Detroit, but the entire picture will be shot here.
Off camera, Cedric N. Lee, 29, of Rochester Hills, who graduated from Ferris State University with a business degree, was wired to a headset as he looked over the transformed corner of Grand River Avenue and Centre Street. The scene flashes back to 1988 Paris, with the Coaches Corner bar made over to resemble a Paris café.
As part of the film’s location team working under Hollywood veteran Ernest Belding, Lee had scouted metro Detroit landmarks for weeks before filming began, communicating with producers to secure and get clearances for the locations that fit the story and the film’s budget.“This is pretty much my dream,” Lee said of his two-year-and-growing career that began with Clint Eastwood’s Michigan-made film “Gran Torino.” On “Torino,” which was released in December 2008, Lee first worked as an intern but utilized his Hmong heritage and was promoted to a consultant for the film, which was set in a Hmong community. He also made a behind-the-scenes documentary that was included in the film’s Blu-ray release. Lee has since worked on a handful of movies here, including doing stunt work in “Red Dawn.” He says his goal is to become a producer and make films in Michigan for the rest of his life.