Filming is in its second week now for Impact Earth, a film about a science professor who believes Earth is about to be hit by a giant meteor.
The film is being shot out of a new production studio in Gulfport. The facility was once better known as the Harrison County Skate Park on Debuys Road. Actors were just breaking for lunch when News 25 stopped by the set of Impact Earth.
Executive Producer, Chris Brown, says while it's the first time many of the actors and crew have worked in Mississippi, they're all enjoying the experience. Brown says, "They're great people. They mean what they say and they say what they mean. I've found no issues with regards to the type of professionals they have down here. The con, the pro and the con is the weather. Obviously it’s August in Mississippi. It’s probably only 90 degrees, but it’s also 90% humidity."
Brown and others on set believe Mississippi is an untapped market, with a variety of landscapes, beaches, woods, the Gulf, and opportunities to train a young workforce. Rob King, part owner of Mississippi Gulf Coast Studios, says, "We're looking to create jobs, we're looking to work with the colleges and the schools, we're working with the Biloxi school, we're working with the colleges here. We just want to open everything up that we possibly can to put Mississippi on the map, but use everybody that lives here."
Part owner, Paula Lindsay, says she looks forward to more production studios opening on the Coast, but for now, she has already seen the positive economic impacts the studio has made on the Gulf Coast. Lindsay says, "And being a local person here and a local business woman, I see where it’s going to help our restaurants. It’s going to help my other business and anything from clothing stores to restaurants, hair stylists, you name it."
King says Impact Earth and another film he completed last year already put more than $1.5 million into the local economy. Mississippi Gulf Coast Studios says they hope Impact Earth will be completed by next year.