Low-budget film to shoot in Covington

COVINGTON -- A Social Circle resident will be shooting a film in Covington later this month.

Andrew Featherstone said he will shoot "Tales from Morningview Cemetery" for Tiltawhirl Productions at Covington City Cemetery and a Newton County home later this month.

The film is described as "in the tradition of classic anthologies of the '60s, '70s and '80s," that Featherstone said features five separate segments that are ultimately interwoven. Four writers/directors will be involved -- Featherstone, Heather Christopherson, Lucy Cruell and Dayna Noffke. Featherstone said the bunch is a group of friends and "low- to no-budget" filmmakers with varying degrees of experience in filmmaking, from directing to working as extras. Featherstone previously directed a documentary while living in England. Featherstone's segment will center on the groundskeeper at the cemetery. Featherstone said all of the cast and crew are Georgia locals.

"We understand the importance of taking great care not to disturb the integrity of the property we are requesting to shoot on," stated Featherstone's proposal to the Covington City Council, which was approved Jan. 7. Filming will not require street closings or traffic interruption, he said.

Featherstone said the shots in the city cemetery will primarily be overhead shots, while more detailed shots will be done on a set that will be constructed on the grounds of a house in the county.

A cinematographer friend of Featherstone's in Los Angeles, Jessica Gallant, will be assisting in the 10-day shoot. Gallant has shot 17 feature films and three feature-length documentaries and is best known for her work on the award-winning independent features, "The Playaz Court" and "Tom's Wife," along with the cult favorites "Rodenberry on Patrol" and the short-lived punk-themed TV series "Oblivion."

The 10-day shoot will take place in the Atlanta area in January and February.

In other news, the first implementation of the city of Covington's policy that residents living on streets that are closed due to filming should be compensated was expected to occur this weekend.

"The Vampire Diaries" was slated to film from 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday evening and Saturday morning on Floyd Street. The shoot required a road closure of Floyd Street between Elm Street and Anderson Avenue and East Street between College Avenue and East Haven Subdivision between 5 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Interim City Manager Billy Bouchillon said a "Vampire Diaries" location manager indicated about a dozen residents would be compensated. Last month, the Covington City Council approved policies related to filming that included the stipulation that if road closures are required, affected residents will be compensated at a rate of $100 per day. If filming or wrap-up goes beyond midnight, compensation for each resident within 200 linear feet of the filming location will be $50 per day of film activity, per the policy.

Cleanup of the film set was slated for Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Clark 2 years, 10 months ago

Just as long as the film crews know that anyone desiring to enter or leave their property can do so without limit at any time. Or at least, if the filming ever comes down my street (yes, I know the article is Covington, but there is also filming in Conyers) that had darn well better be the case, or I'll have everyone hauled off the set in handcuffs, by a REAL law enforcement agency if necessary.


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