- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Gary Carpenter had a film crew in his house for a day filming a scene from the disaster movie, “Impact Earth,” starring Tom Berenger.

The movie is filming along the Mississippi Coast for the next several weeks.

Carpenter said it started when someone dropped off a business card. It was a location scout wanting to use his home. He agreed.

And one recent Sunday morning, a crew took over. He and his wife, Trish, boarded their dogs next door, and the house and yard in the neighborhood tucked behind Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jeff Davis Campus was host to lights, cameras, action.

“It’s been a pretty wild day,” he said. “A 14-hour day.”

Carpenter stood in his front yard surrounded by deflector screens, electrical lines, poles, people with headphones and mobile camera tracks.

“I even got a bit part,” he said, from behind his movie-star sunglasses. “They zoomed in on me and I made a stupid face and they had to re-shoot it five times.”

Berenger wasn’t at Carpenter’s house. But the film staff said the scene has something to do with the star - known for “The Big Chill,” ”Inception” and “Major League” - trying to get his family to leave because of an imminent disaster.

He’s a NASA employee predicting a meteor will hit the Earth.

Producer Paula Lindsay said she and director Rex Piano were driving in the neighborhood, knocking on doors, when Piano picked Carpenter’s house.

This is the first film for Mississippi Gulf Coast Studio since it opened in the old Harrison County Skate Park on DeBuys Road.

Rob King (“Category 5”) is stunt coordinator for this film and partner in the studio. He stressed the value of the industry to the Coast and how important it is to train local talent in all aspects of film production.

He’s been working with the community college to host seminars so they can bring in film veterans to teach.

One key to attracting film to the area is qualifying for the Mississippi tax rebate; and in order to do that, they must hire locally.

The movie will be entirely filmed in Mississippi. Some of the other locations include Mississippi Gulf Coast Studios, St. Patrick’s High School, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jefferson Davis campus and Pass Christian.

The film industry in Mississippi is on the rise. The James Brown film “Get on Up,” now in theaters, was filmed in Jackson and Natchez. More recently, “Mississippi Grind” starring Ryan Reynolds was filmed at the IP Casino in Biloxi and “Midnight Special” starring Kirsten Dunst was filmed in the Tradition community. Both films are in post-production.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com



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