Special Photo A film production crew last week filmed segments of a made-for-tv movie at Georgia Gwinnett College. The film, tentatively titled "Gamers," is set for release in late fall.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- When Emmy Award-winning producer David A. Rosemont set out to make a film about a cutting-edge video game school he scouted dozens of locations in search of the perfect set.
For officials at Georgia Gwinnett College, it was the ultimate compliment that Rosemont decided on the local campus to shoot much of the film's scenes.
"We showed up here one day and we said, 'wow,' this place was built for our movie," Rosemont said Thursday, taking a break between shots. "It's got a nice feel to it."
Added Rosemont: "It feels like a place where there's high-end technology being taught."
For the movie's storyline, that's exactly what the crew was after. The film, tentatively titled "Gamers," features Lea Thompson and Nathan Kress among other actors in a narrative about a student who chooses to go to the nation's top video gaming college. The made-for-TV film is slated for release on NBC in late fall.
Thompson is perhaps most famous for her role in the "Back to the Future" movie trilogy from the '80s and early '90s. Kress is known for his role on the television show, "iCarly."
Thompson took a break Thursday afternoon between shots. She and other actors waited near the set in chairs with their names stitched across the backs.
Hundreds of crew members walked the campus last week, rigging all the gadgets and wires for the movie set.
Said Rodney Hill, assistant professor of film at GGC: "Having a major movie shot on GGC's campus provides a wonderful opportunity for students in our film classes to witness first-hand what goes on during the production process."
Added Hill: "It's a lot less glamorous than people think, and it involves a great deal of hard work and dedication. The red carpets come later."
Some GGC students and faculty had opportunities to participate in the film as extras in selected scenes.
Co-Executive Producer John Laurence said there were "some kids that are not technically extras that could be in the movie. We've got signs up all over those locations that say, 'if you walk through this area, you may be in a movie.'"
The production company is paying GGC for the use of its facilities and the assistance of its staff. A team of the college's employees worked in close partnership with the production company to meet their needs without potential disruption to the college's daily operations.
College President Daniel J. Kaufman said the staff was "delighted to have had this unusual opportunity to not only create a wide range of experiences for our students but also to contribute to the economy by hosting this production."
Added Kaufman: "We hope this opens the doors for similar opportunities in the future for both GGC and its students as well as the Georgia film industry."
Rosemont has produced more than 40 films for major studios including ABC, NBC, CBS, Showtime, the Hallmark Hall of Fame, Dreamworks and more.
Rosemont said he's enjoyed working at the local campus. He thinks the scenes shot at GGC will look good in a movie.
"It's just a beautiful campus," Rosemont said. "The buildings are very architecturally tasteful. It looks like a place where intelligent people go to school."