TV movie filmed on GGC campus

Portions of the Georgia Gwinnett College campus will be featured in an upcoming made-for-TV movie tentatively titled, “Gamers.” HCP Productions II, LLC of Atlanta recently coordinated several days of filming at GGC.

Portions of the Georgia Gwinnett College campus will be featured in an upcoming made-for-TV movie tentatively titled, “Gamers.” HCP Productions II, LLC of Atlanta recently coordinated several days of filming at GGC.

The movie features Lea Thompson, Nathan Kress and other actors in a story about a student who, after choosing to go to the nation’s number one gaming college, becomes entangled in a web of intrigue.

“GGC is a great location to film this movie because it embraces all of the qualities of a high-end scholastic environment in an idyllic setting,” said David Rosemont, executive producer of HCP Productions II, LLC.

GGC students and faculty have opportunities to participate in the film as extras in selected scenes, and the production crew members are pursuing ways to involve the campus community in educational experiences such as panel discussions and class presentations.

“Having a major TV movie shot on GGC’s campus provides a wonderful opportunity for students in our film classes to witness first-hand what goes on during the production process,” said Rodney Hill, assistant professor of film at GGC.  “The process is a lot less glamorous than most people think, and it involves a great deal of hard work and dedication. The red carpets come later.”

The movie’s topic may foreshadow the future for some GGC students, as the college will soon introduce a gaming concentration in its information technology major.

“Gaming technology is important to the economic development of Gwinnett County and the Atlanta region,” said Thomas Mundie, dean of the School of Science and Technology. “Graduates with this expertise are in demand here and elsewhere, as the field continues to expand rapidly.”

The production is providing an economic boost to the Atlanta region and contributing to the State of Georgia’s ever-expanding filmography.

“This film employs the talented crews residing in Georgia and uses all available facilities which support the many facets of production including: equipment, catering, set dressing, locations and hotels,” Rosemont said.

“The 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, combined with new infrastructure and a growing crew base, has helped the state’s entertainment industry achieve record numbers,” said Lee Thomas, director of the Film, Music & Digital Entertainment division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “More than 327 productions shot in Georgia during fiscal year 2011 (July 2010 through July 2011) generated an economic impact of $2.4 billion.”

The production company is paying GGC for the use of its facilities and the assistance of its staff.  A team of GGC employees worked in close partnership with production representatives to ensure that the film crew obtained what it needed while minimizing any potential disruption to the college’s daily operations.

“We are delighted to have had this unusual opportunity to not only create a wide range of experiences for our students, but also to contribute to the economy by hosting this production,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “We hope this opens the door for similar opportunities in the future for both GGC and its students as well as the Georgia film industry.”

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