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Lake Lanier could be background for movie
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"Senior Camp" producer Steve Teachout may be filming his upcoming movie in Hall County.

Picture this: A group of high school seniors get off the bus at what they think is an end-of-the-school-year retreat with their friends.

Turns out, though, it's a camp for senior citizens - and it's on the shores of Lake Lanier!

Well, maybe Lake Lanier plays more of a cameo than a credited role in the upcoming movie, "Senior Camp," but it just might be a reality if producer Steve Teachout decides to film his upcoming movie in Hall County.

We caught up with Teachout by phone to talk about the production, which is slated to start filming in September. He said often, locals have lots of questions before a movie crew comes to town, so we thought we'd try to clear the air first.

Question: What type of movie will you be making?

Answer: This film is a PG-13 comedy rated for the genre of (ages) 14-22. We've had it in inventory for about two years, and the reason we flagshipped this script is because of the economy. ... In good times, action does well, horror does well. But comedy is the trend right now.

Q: Will filming affect traffic around town?

A: First of all, you never film on a busy highway. Most scenes are shot in a matter of hours. So, one of our shots would be at the courthouse, so we would be at the courthouse a maximum of six hours, more or less. The street would be shut off just for the moments that the cameras are rolling. We use local police officers to do traffic control.

The (bulk of the) film is being shot at a camp on the lake, so our secondary shots are being shot at a courthouse, school, post office, those are all intermediary scenes.

Q: Can people come out and see the production?

A: People will always spectate film, but no one is allowed on set, not even the mayor. But most people think that viewing a movie is interesting, but there's actually nothing to see. When the director yells "action," you see two people walking ... it's very boring. There's no action, no "great" thing.

We do encourage people to come out, when we do a shot of the courthouse (for example), to watch us set up, shoot and leave.

Q: Will there be a chance to sign up as an extra?

A: The best thing about shooting in a city like Gainesville is we have access to local talent. I would say 98 percent of the extras in the film will be from Gainesville. There's no hotel costs or no travel cost for the production.

Q: How does the area benefit from a movie production?

A: The local economy's going to benefit from the crew coming in, food and beverage and local hotels. Second is the local talent - we'll be using the extras and whatnot. Back to the first one, we'll be renting the courthouse ... Those are things - for instance, we rent the local mom and pop diner - we rent that for the day. That's an income they usually don't generate. Third, for this particular movie, we're going to have a local premiere for the film, so we're going to bring the entire cast and bring them back to Gainesville.

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