Martin said film production allows local residents to get involved and influences tourism.
“Often times, local talent are hired as cast extras, community businesses are hired for set production and most definitely off-duty law enforcement personnel are used for security,” she said. “The long-lasting effect of film is the impact it has on tourism. When you have a huge box-office hit, like ‘Hidden Figures,’ it is bound to draw tourists to Canton to see if they can spot where some of their favorite scenes were filmed.”
Thomas also said fans of the film come to watch production as well, and many came out to see Octavia Spencer for “Hidden Figures.”
“We are hopeful to continue attracting film projects to Canton,” Thomas said. “They are great publicity for our city, our local businesses, Cherokee County and the state of Georgia.”