Many, if not most, fans who read the site and follow me have no idea how this all started, or why. The short version is that I was a huge LOST fan when the show was on. I became very interested in where the show was filmed and how the crew utilized limited locations in such a small place (Hawaii). Thanks to Ryan and Jen Ozawa of The Transmission podcast I was able to learn more about the show’s filming locations through their site, LostLocations.com. When AMC decided to film The Walking Dead in Georgia, and I began watching the show, I recognized many, many locations that I had been to personally. I decided to start this site as a way to show all fans of the show not only how those locations they see on TV every week look under normal circumstances, but also the beauty of Georgia as a whole. Having LostLocations.com fresh in my memory as a great resource, I decided to do the same thing with The Walking Dead.
Over the years that this site has existed, starting out with a handful of followers and readers, it’s grown as exponentially as the show itself with more and more fans coming on board every day. It has also grown from a site simply to show pictures of the locations around Georgia where the show has filmed, to a site which has the ability to relay information about upcoming filming locations. I couldn’t do this alone as I simply cannot be everywhere in Georgia at once and I appreciate, more than they know, the help and tips I receive from fans all over the state, especially the ones who are able to make it to filming locations that I simply cannot.
My intention behind starting this site was never to cause any problems for the cast or crew while they are working. I would like to believe that all fans, regardless of how far and long they travel to watch filming, are respectful of the people who work very hard in sometimes very adverse conditions to bring us all a show we so look forward to every week. If you do decide to use the information spread through this site to visit various filming locations, please keep in mind the people working hard while you watch and be respectful of the fact that, while they probably are having fun doing what they’re doing, they are working. Like anyone else at work, distractions cost them time that they would very likely rather spend with family, friends, loved ones, or simply relaxing until time to go to work again.
I would advise keeping talking to an absolute minimum, especially while cameras are rolling, and keep personal cameras put away until the time and situation present themselves to bring them out. I think the cast and crew are incredibly gracious in making themselves available, whenever possible, to the fans for autographs and photo opportunities while on location around the state. I would hate to see AMC, or Raleigh Studios, make the decision to film somewhere else completely inaccessible to the fans because they can’t work effectively in the locations they choose around Georgia. This would not only harm fellow fans, some of whose only opportunity to meet the cast and crew is at these outdoor locations, but also local merchants who always enjoy the increase in business when fans are in the area.
I hope everyone is respectful, stays safe, and enjoys the very unique opportunity all fans of The Walking Dead have in the ability to be so close to the cast and crew while they’re making the show.
Thank you everyone for your help, your time, and I apologize if this post sounds “soapbox-y”, but I’ve been meaning to write something like this for a while now, just as an FYI.