OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Movie magic is being made in Ocean Springs.
Filming has been taking place in different locations throughout the city over the past several weeks for a television movie called "Mississippi River Shark."
Thursday morning, the set was Ocean Springs Harbor. The production was nearly impossible to miss as crew and talent buzzed about bringing the movie to life.
Those who saw the action believe having the project in South Mississippi was a big deal.
"To have a big movie crew come to the Coast to actually want to film everything down here, it's a good opportunity," said Shannon Andrews.
Not only are the locations made in Mississippi, about half of the crew and some of the cast are from the Magnolia State as well. Miles Doleac, from the Pine Belt, has a growing resume of acting and directing credits.
He plays a big role in the film and believes the future looks promising for industry in the state.
"It means that the work we're doing at the grassroots level on the ground as independent filmmakers is starting to pay off," said Doleac.
According to Doleac, producers and directors from out of state are beginning to take notice. The tax rebate packages are a driving force behind that draw.
"Film production is an economic engine," said Doleac. "If we want to see our economy grow in the state of Mississippi at a time when it seems like budgets are being cut at every level, one of the main industries that can do that, I have no doubt in my mind, is film production. I've seen it first hand."
With more productions in sight, Doleac and others in the business feel like Mississippi's industry could be on the verge of taking off.
"Mississippi River Shark" is set to premiere in the summer.