(Howard Hessman, Abigail Hawk, and David O'Donnell in Ellicotville)

(Howard Hessman, Abigail Hawk, and David O’Donnell in Ellicotville)

(March 20th, 2016) It’s a wrap for Director Fred Olen Ray  third feature film shot in Western New York for his latest Christmas movie “The Apprentice” starring Abigail Hawk, Howard Hessman, Zack Ward, David O’Donnell and others.


A scene shot at the Olmsted Center for Sight manufacturing floor.

Set in Manhattan and Vermont, “The Apprentice” tells the story of an ambitious corporate holding company executive (Hawk) who comes to Vermont at Christmas to liquidate a company, and finds that the employees are more than just numbers on a spreadsheet.

Shoot locations included Pettibone’s Restaurant, Ellicotville, Holiday Valley, the Olmsted Center for Sight, East Aurora, Encore Restaurant, The Buffalo History Museum, Downtown Buffalo in front of the Market Arcade Building and the WNED Studios Sound Stage.

The 35 person crew included over 20 local hires and over 100 background extras.  ND Studios and Code Red Pictures were the chosen vendors for grip and electric, as well as crew transportation vehicles/equipment trucks.

“The Apprentice” will hit cable television screens this Christmas.

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Hessman and Hawk at Holiday Valley.


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