Film crews came to Rockdale County closing down sections of N. Main Street and Ga. Hwy. 20 in Conyers to shoot scenes for the new AMC TV series, “Halt and Catch Fire.”
Crews spent part of their multiple day shoot in the parking lot of Voices of Faith Ministries on Sigman Road in Conyers. The series is scheduled to debut on June 1.
Gina Hartsell, film liaison for the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council, says the city has welcomed a number of productions and does its best to make sure the process is a smooth one for both, the film crews and residents.
“The city of Conyers has welcomed the likes of Vin Diseal, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Hugh Jackman, just to name a few. We let companies know if you represent a production company, you have a helpful liaison in Rockdale County ready to assist you with your upcoming shoot,” said Hartsell. “I enjoy being that liaison because I get the opportunity to handle all incoming requests from production companies interested in shooting in Rockdale County and I work with production companies throughout the entire shoot.”
In the fictional “Halt and Catch Fire,” Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), a former IBM executive, plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer and force his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. AMC says “Halt and Catch Fire” thrives on the spirit of innovation and explores what it's like to stand at the forefront of something world changing and works toward it, no matter the risk.
Hartsell says other recent movie productions that utilized the city’s “movie-friendly resources,” include Fast and Furious 5; A Joyful Noise; Prisoners; American Pie Reunion; Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 1 & 2; and Rob Zombie’s Zombieland.
Television series productions that continually shoot in Rockdale County include “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals,” and MTV’s “Teen Wolf.”
The City of Conyers is part of a growing trend in Georgia. The state offers some of the best film and TV tax incentives in the country – an income tax credit of 30% for qualified production expenses – leaving companies with more money for production budgets.
“It’s just one of the reasons why we are consistently ranked as one of the top five states for film production in the U.S.,” said Hartsell. “We’ll work with companies one-on-one to produce award-winning work, save you money and ensure your project’s success.”