Cobb County has set the scene for many movies in recent years, and now another is being filmed in Powder Springs.
Neighborhood Watch, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, is being shot in three subdivisions around the city: Echo Mill, Amberton and Oakleigh. On Wednesday, a crew was shooting at a home in Echo Mill, and a group of residents gathered at the police barricade to watch from a distance.
Echo Mill resident Michael Baker said he never thought a movie would be filmed in his subdivision.
“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “It’s cool that they’re coming into small-town Powder Springs.”
Some locals also might find themselves in the film. Emails were sent to residents of the subdivisions regarding casting calls for extras in the movie. Baker said he signed up and hopes to be used in the movie.
“I know that the crew has been real nice to the residents,” he said. “It’s interesting to see how this all comes together.”
Extras are also asked to fill Campbell High School's stadium in Smyrna on Nov. 2-3 from 4 p.m. ‘til midnight both days, according to The Bert Show website. From the site, you can sign up to attend and find out more information, including what to wear.
"All of the folks involved have been really nice," he told Patch. "Both Stiller and Vaughn have been spotted on campus. Their trailers are part of base camp. Nothing hugely exciting to report, but it has definitely been the buzz of the school and church."
LaBoy added that filming has also been done at Macland Presbyterian.
OMFG Atlanta, an entertainment blog, says Stiller was recently spotted getting his shoes repaired in Midtown.
Other stars in Neighborhood Watch include Rosemarie DeWitt, Jonah Hill, Will Forte and Richard Ayoade.
Movie Insider has the film coming out in theaters on July 27, 2012. The website’s synopsis of the movie: “A city-guy moves to a suburban community, joins the neighborhood watch and uncovers a large conspiracy.”
In March, Cobb County became camera-ready, which is a state designation saying that an area is prepared for TV and movies to be filmed.
“We are ready, able, willing and want the TV and movie industry to come to Cobb,” said Holly Bass, CEO of the Cobb County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Bass said movies being filmed in Cobb has been good for the area because of the exposure and additional revenues.
“It just kind of a boosts everything,” she said.
A “fair” amount of movies have been filmed in Cobb County, Bass said, such as Remember the Titans, Footloose, Necessary Roughness, The Walking Dead and A Joyful Noise.
"We’ve been very fortunate because we have a lot of activity,” Bass said.
Bass said Cobb County is a location chosen for TV and movies because of what it has to offer.
“You can have a lake. You can have something more rural. You have a downtown," she said. "There are just lots of looks and opportunities for TV magic.”