An upcoming HBO production, entitled "Banshee" was filmed at Johnnie Mercerís Pier on Wednesday, June 27. The filming permit was given to Charlotte-based company Screaming Spirit Productions.
"Banshee" is a dramatic television series scheduled to air in 2013 on the Cinemax network. The series is set in a small town in Amish country in Pennsylvania and is about an ex-con posing as a sheriff.
There has been other filming in Charlotte, N.C., as recently as Tuesday, June 26. The Charlotte Observer reported road closures in the city for the production.
The scene filmed at Wrightsville Beach involved a character in dialogue on a phone. Several extras mulled about on the pier behind the character. Various vendors, such as ice cream stands, were in the background.
The filming occurred between noon and 7 p.m. on the pier. The scene involved a cast and crew of more than 90 people. The production required 40 parking spaces in the East Salisbury parking area. The crew parked in the grassy area in front of the old fire station. Base camp for the production team was located in the overflow parking area adjacent to the Wrightsville Beach Visitors Center.
Even though there were a number of support vehicles parked in the vicinity of Johnnie Mercerís Pier, no traffic control was requested in the permit.
The required parking spaces were blocked off Tuesday night and equipment was moved onto the scene early in the morning before production began. The town of Wrightsville Beach invoiced the production company once the project was completed and will credit Lanier Parking with the fees collected, town manager Bob Simpson wrote in an email.
Wrightsville Beach police and beach patrol and ocean rescue were also notified in anticipation for larger-than-usual crowds.
No animals or special stunts were used in the production.