"Need For Speed" Starts Filming In Macon
Hollywood is back in town Wednesday and this time they're burning rubber. Production for the major motion picture, "Need for Speed" started filming in Macon. Shooting for the movie, that's based off the EA video game of the same name started filming 15 days ago in California. Setting up pro
duction in the south is bringing hundreds of people to the area and the movie's production staff said it's an economic boost to Middle Georgia. The first location of shooting on Wednesday is on Hardeman Ave. and the Fountain Car Wash. the location is doubling for a town in New York. Macon is no stranger to films and Executive Producer Tim Moore is no stranger to Macon. Moore was in the city last spring for the movie "Trouble with the Curve" and he said choosing Macon again for this film was a no brainier. "Everybody is so great to work with here, Moore said. "The crews are great, we get a lot of local talent, support services but one of the other big things the studios like to come here is because of the tax incentive and rebate that we get." The studio gets a rebate and Macon sees an economic boost. "We have to pay for all of the police, all of the coning, all of the plans, location fees for the car wash, all of that we hire, a lot of local people," Moore said. It's not just production spending, more than 200 people with the film will be lodging in Macon and eating in town. Valerie Bradley with the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau looks at the film's long term impact. "It gives Macon a very positive brand image and it stimulates tourism," she said. Production staff said they're using seven 2013 mustangs with alterations for the film As the cars take to the streets, many people stand back and watch as Macon once again becomes part of the big screen. "It's helping put Macon on the map." Filming will continue the rest of the week in Macon. Also, Macon city officials said that I-75 southbound from the I-16 split to the Mercer University Drive exit will be subject to rolling roadblocks Thursday morning to accommodate film crews.