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Movie cameras rolling again in Savannah with virus protocols

February 7, 2021 GMT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Movie cameras are rolling again in Georgia’s oldest city.

Crews began shooting a Korean War-era film titled “Devotion” during the past week in Savannah, ending a months-long drought of film productions since the coronavirus pandemic emerged last year.

Production company Black Label Media plans to spend 12 weeks shooting in the Savannah area, and streets in the downtown historic district have been closed on select days to accommodate filming, WJCL-TV reported.

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The company said in a statement it expects to administer 10,000 virus tests for crew and extras during filming and take other protective measures.

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said he welcomes the economic boost the production is expected to bring as long as the crew works safely.

“Obviously, if filming is picking up, that helps our local businesses,” Johnson said. “If it’s helping our local businesses, it’s helping our local economy.”