Great Divide Pictures, out of Denver, Colo., filmed a documentary last week on the Battlefield of Resaca.
The film will depict the Battle of Kennesaw, using the Resaca Battlefield as a backdrop to the documentary.
The production crew brought in everything from pyrotechnics to pseudo terrain to make the film look authentic, and ensure there was no damage done to the land. According to Ken Padgett, chairman of Gordon County Historical Preservation Commission, everything is just cosmetic.
The production crew only used civil war re-enactors in the film, but locals worked behind the scenes distributing refreshments and cleaning up.
There was a 20-person film crew used to film the documentary, according to Padgett.
The historical easement had to get approval for the documentary, which passed pretty easily by the local commissioners, said Padgett.
“This is looking to be quite a boost to the local economy,” said Padgett
Everyone seemed to be in high hopes for the long term and short term trickle effect that is to come off of the film taken place here.
According to Padgett, the crew has spent upwards of $20,000 dollars just in the logistics for the film.
“There are 250 re-enactors, and all the equipment and supplies were bought locally,” said Padgett.
Along with the money being spent on the movie, there were also four local caterers that catered to the crew for the week. Most of the crew that was from out of town used local hotels, and all the supplies off screen from ice to sanitation facilities were bought and provided by local companies, according to Padgett.
This is suppose to entice tourism to the Gordon County area, and what a good time to do this, because according to Padgett, the county is on the verge of opening two historic sites by 2013.
Padgett went on to say that the sites the county plans to open are Fort Wayne, and a Historic Museum that will house artifacts and will show the film.
According to Commissioner Alvin Long, Chickamauga sees one million a year that goes toward the economy, and their historical sites are miles away from the interstate. Gordon County’s historical sites are going to be right off the exits.
“The battlefield is to begin construction any day now. Now we just require the financial assistance to build the museum,” said Long.
There is positive feed back on the future of Gordon County’s historical contribution to the state, and there are plans to be a beginning focal point to the rest of the states historical areas.
“Gordon County is going to be the gateway to Georgia Civil War Tourism. We have the largest land mass battle in the state of Georgia history,” said Padgett.
Gordon County is full of history, and according to Long, tourism is something we can work for to help every business in town. It filters down to enrich every person in Gordon County.
The documentary is mainly meant for the Kennesaw National Park, but part of the stipulations for the crew being able to film here are that they allow the documentary to be shown at the GEM Theatre, and at the future museum looking to be built.