More film­ing projects look­ing at county

The Covington News - - Local News - By Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com

Two more movie projects are look­ing at sites in Newton County as the area con­tin­ues to be a hot­bed for film­ing.

A horror movie is look­ing to film in Newton County’s ru­ral south­ern por­tion, an area that re­cently served as a des­o­late back­drop for the TV se­ries “The Walk­ing Dead”, which is play­ing cur­rently on AMC.

An­other project is con­sid­er­ing film­ing in the county’s park­ing deck, lo­cated across from the Newton County Ad­min- is­tra­tion Build­ing at the corner of Usher and Elm streets.

Tourism Di­rec­tor Clara Deemer said she didn’t want to name the projects, be­cause most film pro­duc­tions pre­fer to avoid at­tract­ing large crowds.

She said she gets around two to three calls per week from the state or lo­ca­tion scouts look­ing for shoot­ing sites around the county.

“My main thing is to try to find lo­ca­tion sites for them and then put them in touch with the ap­pro­pri­ate peo­ple lo­cally,” Deemer said Fri­day. “If I fail to find a lo­ca­tion, then shame on me, be­cause that’s my job.”

While Newton County was al­ways a pop­u­lar film­ing lo­ca­tion, it has in­creased vis­i­bil­ity af­ter it was named a Cam­era Ready com­mu­nity by the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment in Oc­to­ber. The des­ig­na­tion gives the county a more prom­i­nent place on the state’s web­site and en­sures that it is a top choice for film­ing projects. Deemer’s ef­forts to help var­i­ous film­ing projects di­rectly led to the in­creased state recog­ni­tion.

File photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

On lo­ca­tion: Por­tions of AMC’s “The Walk­ing Dead” were filmed in Newton County.

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