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"Midnight Special" wraps up two-day shoot on Tradition Parkway

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It's the latest evidence that Hollywood is taking notice of Mississippi. Production crews are busy wrapping up a two-day shoot in Harrison County for the motion picture "Midnight Special."

They used Tradition Parkway for a car chase scene.

"We picked this spot for the beauty of it, and also the control we can have. It's kind of a road to nowhere in a sense," said Location Manager Mark Welch.

With road blocks at both ends of Tradition Parkway, production crews could do what they needed without interruption.

"We're lucky. This is a pretty big film, and we're getting some good attention here," said Bill Webb, with the Mississippi Development Authority.

"Especially this location that we found. They love it. There will be a commercial shot here. There will be a lot of things going on now that this has been found."

Mississippi offers a myriad of scenic locations.

"You can be on the coast and you've got the beaches and the sand and casinos. You can come 15 minutes north and have something like this, where people are available," said Webb.

It's not all location that brought Hollywood here. Money is the real motivation.

"The tax incentives is what lures the producers to the state, and that is the number one reason," said Welch.

St. Patrick High School is benefiting from the film production because of its close proximity to the shooting location. Movie makers found the high school the perfect spot to set up their base camp.

"They came by and approached us a couple weeks ago about using our back parking lot for some staging, for setting up trailers and tents and stuff," said Vice Principal Matt Buckley.

Even a two-day shoot brings economic benefits. Crew members stayed at local hotels, ate at local restaurants and bought goods at local stores.

Last year there were 24 film projects shot at various locations in Mississippi, including several on the coast. Bill Webb credits the Sun and Sand Film Festival for helping promote the industry and future opportunities in the magnolia state.

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