August 8, 2013
up in Holly Springs
If the motto for Holly Springs Main Street Chamber is “All Kinds of Character,” you could say the number of characters doubled the last two weeks with crews moving about the city getting sets ready for filming of “Quarry.”
The movie is based on a real story of a Vietnam veteran from Kansas, who served as a sharp shooter in the service. He returns home after the war and cannot find work until he is hired by the mafia as a hit man.
The pilot, shot in North Mississippi, may be the first show of a series if picked up by the studio (HBO or Cinemax).
Randy Vinet, who helped assemble a jetliner inside the National Guard Armory for one shoot, said he has found home in Holly Springs.
“I absolutely love it,” he said. “It is truly Americana. I am going to bring my wife and we are going to ride around on my bike.”
Vinet says he is going to move to Holly Springs from New Orleans.
Joe Walsh, a member of International Association of Technical Stage Employees, Studio Mechanics 478 in New Orleans, La., has been in the business 10 years. He loves making things look real for the film industry. And he likes the way folks in the union all do their fair share of the work.
The scenic artists come in behind them and work on the paint and other items. IATSE will then come in and put all the airplane seats in place. The airplane is used by the film industry and is rented for the occasion and brought on site, Walsh said.
Chris Grantz, from Louisville, Ky., works out of the Nashville, Tenn., office. He has 21 years’ experience in set work in Los Angeles, Calif.
He worked on getting the furnishings in place for the upstairs studio above The Smiling Phoenix. He said furnishings matching the period of the 1970s are gathered from numbers of sources. He points to a visual staccato element that is embedded under the wall paper in this room. It is set with tiny charges that will detonate and make automatic gunfire like imprints on places in the wall.
A front display window at The Smiling Phoenix looked like a paint and linoleum rug store of the 1970 vintage.
Rigging and Grips employees from Memphis, Tenn., were in town Wednesday and Thursday of last week doing advanced set preparation for filming, which wrapped up over the weekend.
“Snake” Curtis Burnette and Jeff Price headed up the crew of the rigging grips crew from Memphis, Tenn.
Some movies they have worked include “21 Grams,” “People vs. Larry Flint,” “Walk the Line,” “Cookie’s Fortune,” “Soul Man,” “Road to Graceland,” and “The Help.”
At Thursday night’s filming on the downtown square, the corner was crawling with movie makers and sightseers.
Peter Kurland, who won two Grammies for “Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou,” and Kay Colvin with the sound department, talked about their journey with mixing sound for movies. Kurland is a member of the Studio Mechanics (IATSE, Local 492) and also is a union agent.
Other shows he worked on were “Lady Killers” and “Walk the Line.”
Colvin has 30 years’ experience in all the big pictures, “Sleepless in Seatle,” “The Amazing Spider Man,” and “Saving Mr. Banks.”
Mark McManus, from Charlotte, N.C., has 20 years as a video assistant operator. He has worked on “Patriot,” “Hunger Games,” two Muppet pictures, “Last Vegas,” and “The Conjuring.”
Crews were energetic, friendly and unruffled.
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