Gone Girl filming in Cape Girardeau is the talk of the town, and then some! It’s so exciting to see locals buzzing about sightings of Ben Affleck, David Fincher, Tyler Perry and Rosamund Pike around Cape Girardeau. Businesses are already seeing positive effects thanks to the filming. Cast and crew have relied on local businesses for specific services, such as optical assistance, matching specific windows on a set for filming in Los Angeles, for props and costumes and so much more. I look forward to learning more about the full extent of the positive economic impact as filming wraps.
The benefit to Cape Girardeau lies not only in economic development, but in promotion and publicity of our fair city. The buzz on Gone Girl has extended far beyond Cape Girardeau’s city limits. Statewide media have been covering the filming, including St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City, among many others. Cape Girardeau is popping up in international news coverage as well, such as this Spanish article that features multiple pictures of the filming. This German MoviePilot piece states “David Fincher is on set in Cape Girardeau, Missouri,” and this Italian article that also references Cape Girardeau by name. Be it in English, Spanish, German, Italian or a myriad of other foreign languages, Gone Girl has spotlighted Cape Girardeau, Missouri in the minds of movie fans all across the globe.
The cast and crew are getting along exceptionally well with locals. The film’s director, David Fincher, spoke to a group of film students at Southeast Missouri State University about his creative process, what draws him to projects, how he stays sane while filming dark material and why he runs actors through so many takes. In case you were wondering, the story draws him in to a project, humor makes dark material easier to work on and he’s looking for an unguarded, vulnerable moment from the actor. It was an enlightening evening with a casual, conversational tone and a very unique learning opportunity for everyone who got to see it.
The feedback our office has received from the crew on their experience in Cape Girardeau has been very positive so far. We continue to strive to respect the job the cast and crew are doing and to allow them to do their work free of distractions and intrusions.
From a tourism perspective, we eagerly await the release of the film. We are currently building a plan to promote the filming of Gone Girl in Cape Girardeau, and are taking our cues from the promotional efforts of other cities that have hosted a major motion picture.
I’ve included some pictures of Cape Girardeau masquerading as the fictional town of “North Carthage, Missouri.” As of right now, the film is scheduled to be released October 3, 2014, and I am so looking forward to spotting local faces and places throughout. Stay tuned for more Gone Girl news as filming wraps.
Written by Stacy Dohogne Lane, public relations director for the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau