FMU campus set to become a movie set

Francis Marion University has long been known as one South Carolina’s most beautiful college campuses.

Now it’s set to become one of the state’s most beautiful movie sets.

The South Carolina- and California-based independent film company G That’s Entertainment Inc. will be filming a made-for-TV movie on the FMU campus for two weeks, beginning May 16. The broadcast destination for the project is uncertain. But the movie, entitled Suicide Note, a mystery involving college students, features strong female characters. It will likely air on a cable network aimed at female audiences.

Elizabeth Snoderly, the producer of Suicide Note and one of the principals in G That’s Entertainment, says FMU is an obvious choice.

“We chose Francis Marion because of the Southern charm and beauty of the campus, as well as the fact that the administration was friendly and accommodating,” says Snoderly.

FMU students will have the opportunity to participate in the production. Students have been offered the chance to perform behind-the-scenes work, and to appear on camera as extras and in small roles. Some members of FMU’s fine arts faculty may also appear in the movie.

Suicide Note will be shot in a variety of campus locations. Some shooting will also take place in Marion. G That’s Entertainment used Marion locales for an earlier project, 12 Dog Days Till Christmas. It was filmed in 2012 and aired on the USA Network.

Snoderly, who lives in Murrells Inlet where she works as a physician, says G is working to promote the film industry in South Carolina. The company operates out of both South Carolina and Los Angeles.
“We hope to promote film projects in South Carolina, and we try to produce quality films on a budget,” says Snoderly.

The cast for Suicide Note includes Kirby Bliss Blanton, who was in the 2014 movie Project X; Brant Daugherty from Pretty Little Liars, and The Starving Games; Stephen Colletti from One Tree Hill; Gabielle Carteris, who played the character Andrea in Beverly Hills 90210; and Lexi Giovagnoli from 12 Dog Days Till Christmas and All She Wishes.

Author: Duane Childers

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