A portion of Mulberry Street in front of the Grand Opera House was blocked off Wednesday to allow crew members to film scenes for an episode of the television series The Originals.
The Originals is a drama about vampires that airs on The CW network Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The series, a spinoff of the networks hit The Vampire Diaries, is set in New Orleans and tells the story of three siblings who are the worlds oldest vampires.
Most of the extras for Wednesdays shoot were dressed in tuxedos and 1920s flapper-style costumes. The extras got ready at the Library Ballroom across the street from the theater.
Mike Jones, the location manager for The Originals, said the network has a strict policy against talking about story lines, so he couldnt say anything about the scenes shot downtown.
Since the show is about vampires from long ago, The Originals contains scenes set in different decades or centuries. Jones did say the venue has a classical look to it, which was important in choosing it for the shoot.
We looked at a number of locations across Georgia, he said. We decided the most accurate one (for the episode) was the Macon theater. Theres not many theaters that look period accurate. The reason why we chose it is because of the period in which the episode is set.
The scenes shot Wednesday are apt to air about the middle of the season, perhaps within the next couple of months.
Jones said more than 100 extras have been cast -- some from the midstate and others from the Atlanta area. The production company office is based in Conyers, so all the extras were fitted for costumes there.
Greg Morris, 33, of Snellville, was dressed as a priest for Wednesdays shoot. He has worked on both The Originals and The Vampire Diaries as a featured extra.
I think its nice, he said of the Grand. Its got that old-time feeling. I think its great (working on the series). I enjoy working with them.
Some TV productions based in the Atlanta area wont shoot outside the city because of increased costs. But Jones said producers havent worried about the extra expense. Instead, theyve searched for locations that best fit their scripts.
Last month, The Originals shot some scenes in Milledgeville, taking advantage of an empty hospital there.
I like the fact that weve opened up to places like Macon and Milledgeville, Jones said. We can go out and shoot at certain locations. Were not just looking at downtown.
There are so many gems around Georgia. Its actually our choice to feature some locations.
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