BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The WLOX News studio got a little taste of Hollywood on Sunday. For a few hours, the news set was transformed into a movie sound stage. Cables, humming sound equipment and about a dozen crew members buzzed about all trying to accomplish one thing; making a movie.
"A lot of people are under the misconception that with a film, you really just need actors," said Paula Lindsay.
Because of the efforts of Lindsay and Rob King, more film industry is coming to the Coast.
This project, "Impact Earth," will be the first to use the Mississippi Gulf Coast Studios. Before it fully moves in, some scenes are being shot right in the WLOX News studio.
"I used the same setting here about a year ago. I directed 'Category 5,'" said King about another film he directed on the Coast.
King showed his footage to "Impact Earth" Director Rex Piano, who immediately fell in love.
"There's some wonderful locations. Everyone's greeted us with open arms, and it's been a wonderful experience so far. I love the food and the accommodations. It's terrific," said Piano.
According to Piano, the prospect of filming in Mississippi is becoming more and more attractive.
"I think there's a wonderful future here for filmmaking. Everybody's willing to help, because they're excited about the prospect of a movie shooting here," said Piano.
"Impact Earth" is scheduled to be completed after the first of next year and will follow a team of scientists trying to save the Earth from an apocalyptic collision with a meteor. Will they succeed?
"You'll have to watch the movie to see if they save the day," said Piano.
Official production for "Impact Earth" is slated to begin in the coming weeks at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Studios. King and Lindsay say they hope this project will bring attention to the new sound stage and help continue to grow the Mississippi film industry.