CONYERS—Tractor-trailers filled with state-of-the-art cameras and other equipment led an assembly line of film crews to shoot on location for the second season of the CW television series, “The Originals.”
Film crews who were in Conyers used a private residence on Bonds Lake Road and the parking lot of Voices of Faith Ministries on Sigman Road during an all-day shooton Aug. 27 in preparation for the second season, which begins airing on Monday, Oct. 6.
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. “All the shows and movies filming here are a win-win for everyone. Georgia offers some of the best film and TV tax incentives in the country – an income tax credit of 30 percent for qualified production expenses – leaving you with more money for your production budget. We work with companies one-on-one to produce award-winning work, save money and ensure project success.”
In the fictional vampire series, “The Originals,” a spinoff of “The Vampire Diaries,” also shot in Conyers, centers on the “Mikaelson siblings,” Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The show follows the siblings returning to the city of New Orleans for the first time since 1919. Having originally built the city, they were forced to flee their vengeful father. In their absence, Klaus' protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), took charge of the city. Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel and get back the city that once belonged to them.
Conyers also shoots scenes for MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and has set up shop for several movies including Fast and Furious 5; A Joyful Noise; Prisoners; American Pie Reunion; Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 1 & 2; and Rob Zombie’s Zombieland.