ALBANY, GA (WALB) –After weeks of shooting, "Fishers of Men" is officially done filming in Bainbridge.
But the production staff still has a long way to go before releasing the movie on the big screen.
We caught up with the film's director who says there's still work to be done in Bainbridge before the crew heads back to Hollywood.
It took weeks of filming up to 16 hours a day, but the crew of "Fishers of Men" is finally celebrating the wrap of southwest Georgia's newest movie.
"It's kind of a surreal moment right now," says Josh Mills, the film's director and one of its producers. "I think the hard part is leading up to rolling the cameras. And then once it starts, it's quick. It goes by so fast."
Mills credits a hard-working cast and crew and the City of Bainbridge for a smooth filming.
"It's been unbelievable," he says. "The town welcomed us with open arms. They've made it so easy for us and made us comfortable."
Mills says the southern hospitality was one of the reasons Bainbridge was chosen as the backdrop of Fishers of Men. Another guiding factor was the city's historic feel.
"It was like a time capsule considering this film is being shot in 1958. But we're going to some of these stores downtown to make sure we leave them the way they were before we started shooting."
Production crews painted several downtown store fronts, like Alderman's, to achieve an authentic, 1950's feel.
"We actually did some upkeep to some of the stores like painting signs and whatnot that they're happy about. And we're hoping we stimulated the economy some and gave back."
Daniel Bernard, a Bainbridge resident, is glad they chose Bainbridge. "I can't wait for it to come out. I think it's going to touch a lot of people's lives," he told us.
Mills adds, "It's been an amazing experience and I'm glad I got to take the journey with the people of Bainbridge. That's a wrap!"
Three little words this crew worked hard to hear.
The Desertwind Films crew will head back to Los Angeles later this week to begin the 8-week editing and post-production process.
"Fishers of Men" is expected to be in theaters early next year.