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Pilot for planned AMC series filming in Paulding
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Paulding County has become home to a pilot episode for a planned cable television series.

The AMC pilot episode “Halt & Catch Fire” is being filmed in the county and around the Atlanta area, said Executive Producer Mark Johnson.

Johnson is known for producing television shows such as “Breaking Bad,” and such blockbuster movies as “Rain Man,” “The Notebook” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

AMC released the information about the pilot in November. The show is set in the 1980s in Dallas, Texas.

Johnson said the crew has been in Paulding for six weeks and should remain for the next four weeks. During the filming at least a third of the pilot will be filmed in the county, he said.

They chose the area after their Atlanta scene scouts sent information about it, he said. The services offered by Atlanta Film Studio Paulding County also drew the producers, he said.

“It made perfect sense,” Johnson said.

The studio is being used for the headquarters for the crew, office space and will be used for filming, said Jeremy Hariton, a partner in Road Town Enterprises which operates the studio. He said their main goal is to be supportive of what Johnson and the crew need.

According to the AMC web site amctv.com, “‘Halt & Catch Fire’ dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a computer prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.”

Since this is the pilot for the series it will be filmed and sent to AMC for its leadership to decide if the show will be picked up.

“AMC ordered it so you want to think they are predisposed to picking it,” Johnson said.

He said if the show is picked up then he would like to return to Paulding County.

“We would be shooting a lot more in the county,” Johnson said.

The area has been one of the top places he has ever filmed, he said.

This is the first television pilot to be filmed in the year-old studio, Hariton said.

The set is being built in the studio now while the crew is out on location, and filming in the studio will start once the location shooting is complete.

“They don’t do everything in Paulding County, but they start their days out there,” he said.

Johnson said the community and governments have made the experience in Paulding great.

“I really want to thank people for being so gracious,” he said. “We’d love to come back.”

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