"Need for Speed" filming to begin in Macon Mid-April

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Macon Film Commission, (478) 321-8112, [email protected]

Macon, GA - The Macon Film Commission is pleased to announce that part of principal photography for the feature film “Need for Speed” will be shot in Macon.  The DreamWorks Studios film is an adaptation of the highly popular video game of the same name and is to be directed by Scott Waugh, who directed “Act of Valor” in 2012. At this time the cast includes actors Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”) and Michael Keaton (“Batman”). An estimated 200 cast and crew members will come to Macon as part of this production, which will begin shooting in Macon in mid-April 2013.

Location scouts have been working with the Macon Film Commission for several months to secure shoot locations for this “high octane” film in the downtown Macon area.  Macon has once again shown that it is an outstanding option for filmmakers.

“Macon and our entire region continues to attract interest for movies, television shows, and commercials, and we are excited to be one of the locations for the filming of ‘Need for Speed,’” said Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “With more and more production crews working here, our reputation as a great place to film is spreading.”

“Need for Speed” will be the third major motion picture filmed in Macon in the past year. Macon’s recent movie triple-play began with two baseball-themed films: “Trouble with the Curve” starring Clint Eastwood, which hit movie theatres in September 2012; followed by “42” staring Harrison Ford, which will be released in April of this year. “Need for Speed” takes Macon from the diamond to the streets in flashy racecars. The film adaptation will be a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise. In “Need for Speed,” the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps viewers at the edge of their seat.

Information about casting and other opportunities for members of the community to be part of the film will be announced closer to the start of production in Macon.

About The Macon Film Commission
The Macon Film Commission was commissioned by the city of Macon in 2010 and is an arm of the Macon Film Festival Board of Directors. The Macon Film Commission works closely with the Georgia Film Commission to assist filmmakers in securing locations for film, commercials and television shows and has a “Camera Ready” status in the state of Georgia

About the Macon Film Festival
The Macon Film Festival was founded in 2005 to celebrate the art and craft of the moving image, and to introduce independent films that rarely appear in Macon. The Macon Film Festival is dedicated to entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences and filmmakers alike by offering innovative and imaginative films both mainstream and independent in nature. The festival also strives to introduce visiting filmmakers and guests to the Central Georgia community, and to promote film production in the area. The festival is open to filmmakers working in all media, genres, and themes.