‘Walking Dead’ okay to film in Grantville’s cemetery
by Celia Shortt
Stalwart Film Studio will still be able to film scenes for AMC television series “The Walking Dead” in Grantville City Cemetery, following Monday evening’s special meeting called by Councilmembers Selma Coty and Barham Lundy.
In the meeting, Grantville City Attorney Mark Mitchell advised the council they are obligated to honor the previously issued filming permit. If they did not, the city would be in danger of possible legal action.
All councilmembers were present at Monday night’s meeting. Councilmembers Johnny Cooks and Rochelle Jabaley rejected the motion to back out of the contract with Stalwart, and Lundy and Coty voted for it. Grantville Mayor Jim Sells broke the tie and voted with Cooks and Jabaley.
“The permit will be honored,” said Sells. “We will work with the studio and verify the cemetery is treated with dignity for their two days’ use and returned in good order.”
At their regular meeting Oct. 14, the full Grantville City Council voted unanimously to allow Stalwart to film Grantville for two days. The filming locations include the cemetery and a home in the town.
In regards to the cemetery and the films being filmed in it, Stalwart agreed: “nothing disrespectful, no violence, no walker/zombies, no names of our deceased to show in film, no filming on weekend and everything as good or better when they leave.” The scene would include members of the cast walking out of the woods and through the cemetery to a fake headstone placed there by the studio. The cast then sees what they are looking for and leaves.