Workers were busy in Stanton Woods subdivision Tuesday preparing for production of the feature film "Prisoners," starring Hugh Jackman. Several houses in the neighborhood will be used in the movie. Filming is expected to continue in Rockdale County through the end of February. -- Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith
CONYERS -- The Stanton Woods subdivision has been transformed into a movie set for filming of the Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. feature film "Prisoners," starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano.
Gina Hartsell, executive assistant for the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council, said filming in the south Rockdale neighborhood is concentrated in several homes there.
"A good bit of the film itself takes place in the subdivision and in the characters' houses," she said.
Filmmakers have a satellite production office in the neighborhood, she said, as well as a headquarters in Stone Mountain where they are filming in the downtown area. Other film locations in Rockdale are in the process of being finalized, Hartsell added.
Hartsell said the film has already had a positive economic impact on the community.
"They've actually been here for several months now doing the pre-production phase," she said. "They have spent a considerable amount of money in the restaurants, flea markets and thrift stores," as well as stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and Cowan Ace Hardware, she said. "They have been quietly going about their way here."
She said production crews have also spent months working on relationships with property owners where filming will take place.
"Prisoners" tells the story of a small-town carpenter, played by Jackman, who kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend. Jackman recently won a Golden Globe for his performance as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables," and is completing work on the upcoming movie "The Wolverine."
A casting call for extras for the film was held in December at Rockdale Career Academy. Filming is expected to continue in Rockdale through the end of February.