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Mercedes-Benz Stadium turns movie location for “Fantasy Soccer”

“Filming within the stadium was insane — within the place the place the soccer gamers run onto the sphere,” Los Angeles-based actor Abigail Killmeier — often known as Abigail Fierce, songwriter-singer — says about filming Fantasy Soccer, wherein she performs powerful woman Margot, pal of the younger lead character.

A Paramount+ unique film produced along with Nickelodeon, Fantasy Soccer premieres November 25 on Paramount+. The upbeat sports activities fantasy comedy is a couple of daughter named Callie (Marsai Martin), who learns she will be able to management her Atlanta Falcons professional operating again father’s strikes on the sphere by way of her gaming console. Omari Hardwick performs her father, whereas Kelly Rowland performs her mom and Anton Cropper directs. 

Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s vice chairman of personal occasions, Natalee Anderson, who’s accountable for all non-ticketed occasions, was within the zone as she and her workforce labored to accommodate the filming of Fantasy Soccer. Whereas two different movie productions have used the stadium as a taking pictures location, one being The Tomorrow Warfare, Anderson says each earlier productions merely utilized the venue’s wide-open, industrial-looking areas. “You didn’t realize it was Mercedes-Benz Stadium, residence of the Atlanta Falcons,” she says, including that Fantasy Soccer gave the stadium the possibility to shine in its truest kind.

Natalee Anderson, vice chairman of personal occasions at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Engaged on set on the stadium, Killmeier notes that the elite venue carried out double responsibility. “All the film was shot on location. That was a enjoyable change, no sound levels,” she notes — a lot of the filming in her residence turf of Los Angeles occurs on sound levels. 

Anderson says the Fantasy Soccer manufacturing crew was on-site for 11 days whole at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with the precise shoot taking place on 9 of these days and all 11 requiring additional time for the occasions workers. “We’d have folks on website at 4 a.m., and, with crew and press, most days have been 12 hours.” 

A very difficult job for Anderson’s crew is scheduling when the stadium might be accessible for days at a time, because it was for Fantasy Soccer. However regardless of the tedious finessing round quite a few different occasions — roughly 200 every year, together with conventions, proms and a latest wrap occasion for the movie Creed — the workforce makes it work. The truth is, they deliberate for productions like this from the time the stadium opened 5 years in the past.  Within the design of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as an illustration, the venue’s suites have been envisioned to function inexperienced rooms and lodging for actors, administrators, producers and crew. And the loading dock areas of the stadium are perfect for the setup of craft meals companies. 

“[Film productions] have a ton of apparatus, clearly, plus they’re constructing issues on website,” Anderson says. “They’ve new requests every day, and we work with them to search out what’s enough for his or her wants. We [have so many] nooks and crannies that may be utilized for therefore many issues.”

The doorway space of Mercedes-Benz Stadium can be helpful for movie tasks. Crews love the concourses and the economic look, which might lend to varied scenes. Even the comparatively bare-bones stairwells and loading docks wind up as anchors for scenes. Anderson provides, “Our membership areas and suite areas — loads of movie manufacturing groups have talked about how high-end they’re.”

Safety is top-notch on the stadium as properly: “All our occasions use on-site entry and exit, however the film additionally had safety for actors.”

For Killmeier, Atlanta as a complete and the stadium specifically supplied an amenity she appreciates as an actor: the meals. “It was superb in Atlanta,” she says. “The on-set catering was nice—day by day. In LA, loads of the meals is inexperienced juice and kale.”

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Marsai Martin as Callie and Omari Hardwick as Bobby (Photograph: Boris Martin/Nickelodeon/Paramount+© 2022 Paramount World. All Rights Reserved.)

On her break day from filming, Killmeier took jaunts across the metropolis. A primary-time customer to Atlanta for Fantasy Soccer, she says she beloved the attractive greenery and the bushes, which remind her of her childhood residence in Louisville, Kentucky. 

So far as how Fantasy Soccer made it to Mercedes-Benz Stadium within the first place, Anderson says, “The [creators and crew] did 4 website visits, asking questions like, ‘Can we make it occur?’ We have been listening to their imaginative and prescient and attempting to see how we may maximize their dates. It was an superior manufacturing to be part of. This was a really distinctive factor for our workforce to see what a 20-hour workday seems like . . .  and the best way they remodeled the stadium, it was actually enjoyable and particular for us.” 

When requested how the concept for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium initially got here up, Anderson factors out that her workforce consists of a number of folks with movie backgrounds who’ve connections and are consistently networking. For Fantasy Soccer, although, “This one got here to us by way of [another] inner connection — plus, we’ve got the NFL concerned as properly.”

Anderson hopes this movie indicators a pattern towards extra film manufacturing within the venue. “We’d love one other movie the place we work with the entire workforce, and we’re a small a part of their greater manufacturing,” she says, noting that her workforce is already speaking to crews and forged for a number of 2023 movies.

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Abigail Killmeier performs powerful woman Margot in “Fantasy Soccer.”

In the meantime, post-Fantasy Soccer filming, Killmeier is again within the studio recording as Abigail Fierce and has new songs quickly to be launched. Her spectacular 100,000 followers on Spotify have soaked up greater than three million streams and are undoubtedly ready.

When it comes to movie tasks, the Hulu Love, Victor sequence alum is simply starting work on a brand new mission she’s enthusiastic about. And, whereas she was in Atlanta for the filming of Fantasy Soccer, she was additionally engaged on her new single, “Shallow Love.” Whether or not it’s by way of performing, singing or songwriting, Killmeier says she’s all the time prepared to inform extra tales.

And that’s a sentiment that resonates with the crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as properly; they’re frequently seeking to assist inform the tales of the leisure trade.

 “They don’t [necessarily] need to be sports activities movies, both,” Anderson says. “All movies are welcome.”


Carol Badaracco Padgett is an Atlanta freelance author who makes a speciality of movie and tv protection. A graduate of the College of Missouri Faculty of Journalism, her work has appeared in Oz Journal and different publications.



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