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Hit TV series, Schwarzenegger movie filming on Lanier
Ian Somerhalder, left, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley star in "The Vampire Diaries," which will be shooting on Lake Lanier later this week. The hit TV series focuses on two brothers who are vampires and the woman they both love. - photo by Justin Stephens

Lake Lanier isn’t just an attractive location for tourists and fishing enthusiasts.

Lately, it’s become an alluring location for Hollywood film and television crews, too.

According to the Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau, two different crews will be working on the lake during the next few weeks and into the new year: The CW’s "The Vampire Diaries" and "Ten," a new thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Ten," directed by David Ayer, is about an elite team of DEA officers who are taken down one at a time after robbing a drug cartel’s safe house.

Stacey Dickson, president of the Lake Lanier CVB and a camera ready liaison, said the exterior of a private residence on the lake will serve as the cartel’s compound. The movie will also feature some dive sequences in the lake.

Other cast members include Sam Worthington, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Terrance Howard and Josh Holloway.

"Keep your eyes peeled because you never know who you might see in the Gainesville area," Dickson said.

Fans of the "The Vampire Diaries" may be able to spot their favorite characters later this week. The show, about two vampire brothers and the teenage residents of a small town, will be shooting a scene on the shoreline of the lake.

Dickson said the show’s location scout requested a place that looked like an Alaskan beach. They found the perfect location along the Georgia lakeshore.

She said film scouts are always looking for new locations, and the requests are varied.

"It could be something as random as a tree by a railroad track, and sometimes they’re looking for an abandoned barn that is very specific for what they need," Dickson said.

Dickson said the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Tax Credit is to thank for bringing these and other productions to Hall County and North Georgia. The incentive can save production companies up to 30 percent in tax credits.

The Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment office also helps encourage the industry in the state by training counties to be camera ready.

Hall County was among the first to attain that designation when the program was launched in 2010.

Dickson said as Hall County’s camera ready liaison she helps production crews with all of the "nitty gritty" work like scouting locations, lodging and acquiring permits.

Because crews often purchase certain supplies and food locally, use electricity and require permitting, Dickson said film shoots make a positive impact on the local economy.

If a property for the shoot is privately owned, the property owner will often be given a stipend from the film budget.

The Internet Movie Database lists the budget for "Ten" at $40 million.

According to the state’s entertainment office, TV networks, Hollywood studios, production companies and independent producers invested more than $689 million in Georgia in fiscal year 2011.

Dickson invited any local property owners who are interested in making their property available for future filming projects to contact her office at 770-536-5209 or

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