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Augusta Film Office begins shooting new sci-fi epic

Sci-fi movie is being filmed in Augusta (WFXG) Sci-fi movie is being filmed in Augusta (WFXG)

Filming began this week for Encounter, the latest in a line of movies brought to the area from the Augusta Film Office. The writers describe it as a drama-science fiction movie where fantastical elements change the lives of normal people. Kelly Bayley-Rhinehart is one of the producers of the movie. She says it is truly an Augusta film.

"It's kind of a PG-13 thriller drama with big sci-fi special effects," she said. "A lot of the investors are local business owners and it would not be possible without them. People like Kevin Goldsmith from Taco Sushi, Henry Sheare from T-Bonz, my husband and I from Rhineharts, and Rick Kelly from Harvest Table Buffet." 

Kelly introduced Augusta to Paul Salamoff, who is the director of the film. He thinks Augusta is the ideal place to make a movie. And that it has the potential to compete with other areas such as Atlanta. "We feel so lucky that the community is really rallying around this film and has really come to our support. We are making such a much bigger movie than we would have if we shot it in [Los Angeles] or New York."

The film is also bringing some big names to town. Stars like Vincent Ward from The Walking Dead, Chris Showerman from Supergirl, and Tom Atkins from movies Halloween III. "My lead is Luke Hemsworth who is currently on Westworld and I have Anna Hutchinson who people might remember from Spartacus." says Salamoff.

The production will be in town filming for the end of April.

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