Paint (2023): Where Was the Comedy Movie Filmed?

Written and directed by Brit McAdams, ‘Paint’ is a comedy-drama movie that follows a professional painter named Carl Nargle (a fictional character inspired by Bob Ross), who has hosted Vermont’s number-one painting show for almost three decades now. So, naturally, he believes in his skills and brush strokes, convinced that he has all the necessary qualities — a signature perm, custom van, and fans going ballistic on every single stroke of his brush. However, things take an unexpected turn in Carl’s life when the station eventually hires a younger and better painter who steals everything and everyone he holds dear and close to his heart.

Spiraling down and losing control, Carl attempts to retain the reputation that he built for decades. Starring Owen Wilson, Michaela Watkins, Ciara Renée, Stephen Root, and Wendi McLendon-Covey, the comedy movie involves a bunch of paintings and canvases that Carl works on in his workstation. They symbolize the picture-perfect life he leads, which gets turned upside down when he gets replaced with someone younger and better. But when Carl goes on to spoil his paintings, it tends to reflect the turmoil in his life. All these metaphorical visuals set against some interesting locations raise some specific questions regarding the production of ‘Paint.’

Paint: Filming Locations

‘Paint’ was filmed entirely in New York, especially Saratoga County, Albany, and Lake Luzerne. As per reports, the principal photography for the drama movie commenced in April 2021 and wrapped up in June of the same year. Although the story is set in 1970s Vermont, the makers decided to shoot the movie in different parts of New York State, which was redecorated aptly. Now, without further ado, allow us to fill you in on all the specific locations that can be spotted in the Owen Wilson starrer!

Saratoga County, New York

Most of ‘Paint’ was recorded in Saratoga County, with the production team primarily utilizing the locales of Saratoga Springs. The barbershop scenes were reportedly lensed in Lucy’s Bar at 5 Caroline Street before it was opened. On the other hand, Desperate Annie’s at 12 Caroline Street in the city served as the town water cooler in the comedy movie. Moreover, Olde Bryan Inn at 123 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs is where the date scene with an aggressive fan was recorded. During the shooting schedule, the cast and crew members were spotted taping various important scenes outside Spot Coffee at 55 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs and around the Railroad Place.

According to reports, the team even set up camp in Lincoln Baths at 65 South Broadway. The movie features numerous other Saratoga Springs locations, including Division Street, Railroad Run, and Circular Street. For recording the scenes involving Carl’s art studio, the production team utilized a barn in Greenfield Center, a hamlet in Saratoga County located a few miles northwest of Saratoga Springs. The Spa City and surrounding areas have hosted the production of many movies besides ‘Paint,’ including ‘A Dog Year,’ ‘Virgin Alexander,’ and ‘Toga.’

Other Locations in New York

The filming unit traveled to other locations in New York to lens some additional portions for ‘Paint.’ For instance, Albany, the capital city of New York and the seat of Albany County served as one of the important shooting sites for the Brit McAdams directorial. Furthermore, the director and his team set up camp in and around Hidden Lake Girl Scout Camp at 1799 NY-9N Scenic in Lake Luzerne.

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