Filming for a made-for-TV movie, “Kingmakers,” is expected to get underway in Rome sometime between March 11-18 and take up to two weeks to complete.
Executive Producer Loucas George, who was the line producer for ABC’s hit series “Nashville,” said once his crew saw the Berry campus and downtown Rome, they decided they didn’t need to look anyplace else.
Berry was on the short list of college campuses the state wanted to show off when producers first came here with details of the made-for-TV movie, said Craig Dominey, manager of the Camera Ready section of the Georgia Film Commission. “It is one of the most visually beautiful campuses in the state,” Dominey said.
Incentives offered by the state of Georgia and the typical spring weather were also factors in bringing the crew to Rome, George said.
Berry was chosen as the backdrop for an Ivy League college look and much of the filming is also slated to take place in downtown Rome.
George extended a special thanks to Ann Hortman, with the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau, who took the crew to various locations.
“That’s when we decided that we’d move the whole company up here rather than shoot Berry College and go back to Atlanta,” George said.
He said he hopes there will be some big-name talent involved with the pilot.
“It’s pilot season so we have a lot of competition with other pilots so we’re still trying to lock up our people for this,” George said.
The executive producer said he expects to have between 300 and 400 extras for the production. CL Casting is handling the search for extras for the film.
Lisa Smith, executive director of the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the production would have a huge impact on the Rome and Floyd County economy.
She said the tax incentives offered by the state have been a huge benefit to communities all over the state.
“What it would mean in the long term if the mini-series is picked up is absolutely mind-boggling,” Smith said.
“Kingmakers” is about a young girl who goes off to college and is murdered. Her brother has to infiltrate the school to find out what happened, George said.
Some scenes include rowing and will be shot on the rivers.
Dominey said his office has a large photo database with locations in Rome.
“Whenever we get a project that looks like it would by a good fit visually with what Rome has to offer then we send photos to get those conversation started.” Dominey said.