"We needed an urban environment like a downtown area, but still not a huge big city, and Macon just fit the bill," explains the movie’s art director, A. Todd Holland.
For the next two weeks, the Song and Soul of the South will be transformed into Dayton, Ohio after an alien invasion.
"People plan, do everything they can to make sure it does go smoothly and everybody’s happy," adds Holland.
Macon Film Commissioner, Terrell Sandefur, tells us the movie will bring in 400-thousand dollars to the city, and the production company will save money.
"Georgia offers a 30-percent tax credit so that means basically if a film’s budget is 100-percent it will only cost them 70-percent of their budget," says Sandefur.
Most of the filming will happen between Cotton Avenue and Cherry Street. Many of the businesses along those streets are excited to see the actors and the workers in town. That’s because, it means they’ll see a boost in sales.
"There’s a lot of commotion around and it kind of stirs things up and helps promote business," recalls Geoffrey Hill, the owner of The Vault.
Hill’s store is one of many closing doors this week to give the film company more space to shoot its scenes.
"We’ve worked with this company before, with the movie ’42’ and they changed everything, then they changed it right back to the way it was before," comments Hill.
And, just because Hill won’t be open doesn’t mean he won’t make money. The production company is compensating his business for the closure.
"The Fifth Wave" is just one of many movies filmed in Middle Georgia. Holland also hinted Macon could be seen in other films seen on the big screen.
"It’s beautiful, people have been real nice, its gorgeous, great city here, great infrastructure, middle town America," states Holland.
Tuesday from 7:00 in the morning to 7:00 at night, traffic and sidewalks will be closed on Cotton Avenue and Second street, between Mulberry and Cherry Streets.