Shooting of "Hollow Creek", a major motion picture, wrapped up in Cairo Thursday, but there may be more to come for the Ritchie County area.
It all started months ago when Florida native and producer Guisela Moro fell in love with the state after coming to West Virginia to pick up Brandy, her new dog and one of the film's stars. And thanks to Brandy, Moro decided to shoot the indie film here in the Mountain State, with parts of it filmed in Ritchie County. The crew said it's been an intense effort, but the movie will be as good as a studio release.
"So far we've pulled it off. The shots are extremely cinematic, extremely Hollywood-like, and so far we're making it look pretty awesome," said Director of Photography John Schellenger.
And it's just the beginning for a growing film industry in West Virginia. The West Virginia Film Office is offering tax credits to crews to come in and shoot movies in the state. It said those productions don't just bring attention to the state, they also boost the local economies.
"It's a constant boost to the economy. You've got people eating in restaurants, staying in hotels, buying equipment for the production, so it's a nice little boost that keeps the film industry going year round," said the office's Jamie Cope.
And while the state and local areas benefit from their presence, Moro and her crew said they couldn't have done their work without the support the received from the community.
"I don't want to talk bad about other states, or Florida, but there is a special extra kindness in people here. Everybody wanted to help," Moro said.
Hollow Creek is slated for release in Fall 2013. If you want to learn more about the movie, visit www.hollowcreekmovie.com.