Representatives from 18 different movie, television and music video projects have expressed interest in shooting scenes in the county, said Heath Tippens, project manager with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.
So far in 2013, no filming projects have actually started in Cherokee County, but with interest up, something may come through soon, Tippens said.
Now he is actively fielding inquiries on a variety of projects, including a Universal Pictures movie called “Endless Love.”
Tippens said he was in contact with Universal Pictures just a few days ago, and “the jury is still out” on whether or not they will come to Cherokee.
They have, though, been interested in more than one location in county, he said.
Tippens is also in communication with film makers interested in shooting at a baseball field near the American Legion in Canton and an independent group looking at the Luther Reeves house in Woodstock as a “haunted” location movie.
There’s been a “ton of prospect activity,” he said.
And Tippens said since Cherokee County became “Camera Ready”-certified in March 2011, it has been one email or phone call after another with producers and film makers wanting to come to Cherokee County to film anything and everything from a zombie-themed firearms commercial to a Lifetime Channel movie about June Carter Cash to a Japanese documentary about something Cherokee has a lot of but has never gotten much credit for: old windows.
Tippens said he isn’t sure how much demand there is for filming windows, but when the company contacted his office, they got on the task of finding whatever “historic and interesting” windows Cherokee could offer.
Misti Martin, president of COED, said the reason for their work on bringing the projects to the county is pretty simple: the crews that come in and spend their money in the county.
“They’re all buying your gasoline, eating your food, staying in your hotels,” she said.
But she said it isn’t just standard things like gas and hotel stays the crews spend money on.
Local contractors, caterers and suppliers get their share of the incoming dollars, she said.
Even average residents can get a few bucks being hired on for extra roles, she said.
“There’s a great multiplier effect,” she said.