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Filming for the movie, "Out of the Furnace" has been under way at the West Virginia Penitentiary.

Executive Producer Jeff Waxman said the penitentiary is the perfect place to make a movie.

"It's abandoned so it helps give us the ability to move around, it's a great yard and a great view of the mountains," he said.

Relativity Media has been on site Thursday and Friday shooting scenes for the film, starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.  Leonard DiCaprio is also one of the producers.

"Although there's not a lot of screen time, the scenes that do take place here are very important," he said.  "It's emotional as it takes place between two brothers."

The majority of the movie is being filmed in Braddock, Pa. just outside of Pittsburgh.

Bale and Affleck play the role of brothers living in the economically depressed Rust Belt.  They dream of escaping, but one brother lands up in prison while the other gets involved in one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast, a mistake that will almost cost him everything.

The reason why movies like "Out of the Furnace" come to places like the West Virginia Penitentiary is because of the tax credit in the state, making easier for people to film there.

"Pennsylvania also has a tax credit like West Virginia," Waxman said.  "Films today go where the credit is and it makes a difference."

"They're hiring locals, paying location fees, a lot of things occur that people don't realize," Executive Director of the West Virginia Film Office Pam Haynes said.

Producers are on a strict deadline with the goal of getting the movie completed in just 34 days.  If that happens, it will take about a year until the movie comes out.