NOANK, CT (WFSB) -- It was “lights, camera, and action” on the shoreline Wednesday for a new Hallmark movie to be released this summer.

The town of Noank as transformed into a fictional town called “Sand Dollar Cove” for a new romance film based on Nancy Naigle’s book with the same name.

The flick stars Aly Michalka, who plays a real estate development manager wanting to build a resort. Opposite her is actor Chad Michael Murray, who holds the deed to the land she needs.

“Yeah, they take it over, but everyone has been so, so nice to work with,” said local Andrew Blacker.

Synthetic Films International of Rocky Hill was using his family’s century-plus old Carson’s Café for a location shoot on Wednesday.

“You don’t realize how much work and how many people that are working behind the scenes,” Blacker said.

Other scene locations are on the water with a ferris wheel, and the iconic Noank lighthouse.

“I think it’s perfect. They don’t have to build some set, some sound stage, it’s all right here, you know, which is pretty cool,” said Lynore Plouffe, of Mystic.

Hallmark’s ‘Sand Dollar Cove’ is on the fast track for production, being released in late June.

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