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PHOTO: An old grain elevator in Reedville in Caldwell County was used to film scenes for the NBC dystopian drama “Revolution” in July 2013. SUBMITTED PHOTOS


The city of San Marcos has been designated a “Film Friendly Community” by the Texas Film Commission, joining a long list of cities in Texas that support artistic expression on the silver screen.

“San Marcos is an excellent backdrop for films, televisions shows and music videos. Our community has provided shooting locations for the Academy Award Winning film ‘Boyhood’ and the television show ‘American Crime,’ which took home an Emmy just last night,” said Kristi Wyatt, the city’s communications and intergovernmental relations director. “Our beautiful downtown and pristine river brings filmmakers here, but this designations gives us the tools and resources we need to attract even more projects and accommodate them once they get here.”

The Film Friendly Texas Program provides training and ongoing guidance on how communities can effectively deal with on-location filming, as well as put their best foot forward in marketing their resources. According to the Texas Film Commission, certification in the Film Friendly Texas program sends a message to filmmakers that a city is serious about attracting their business.

As part of the Film Friendly certification program, the city of San Marcos has adopted filming guidelines for potential film projects. The policy and application can be found online here.

For information, contact the city of San Marcos Communications Department at 512-393-8105.

Filming in Hays, Caldwell counties

Movies and TV shows filmed in and around San Marcos, based on lists compiled by the Greater San Marcos Partnership and the San Marcos Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Buda: Friday Night Lights; Beyond the Prairie II: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Continues; Snake tales; A Small Town in Texas

Kyle: Secret at Arrow Lake; Resurrection; Slaughter Creek; The Lights; Summer League; God in the Machine; Bound; Donnybrook

Dripping Springs (partial): The Alamo; Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach; Red on Yella, Kill a Fella; Barn of the Blood Llama; Tryst of Fate; Bound; Last Days of America

Wimberley (partial): Secret at Arrow Lake; Friday the 13th (2009); Piranha (1978); American Outlaws; Flesh and Bone; Pastor Shepherd; The Perfect Human Diet; A Small Town in Texas; Camp Kickitoo; The Reunion; The Healer

Lockhart (partial): The Faculty; Transformers: Age of Extinction; Joe; The Bystander Theory; Bernie; Temple Grandin; The Great Waldo Pepper; What’s Eating Gilbert Grape; Waiting for Guffman; The Newton Boys; Where The Heart Is; Secondhand Lions; Stop-Loss; Rolling Kansas; Secret at Arrow Lake; Walking Life; Elvis and Anabelle; She Fought Alone; The Garage

Luling: Grindhouse; The Hot Spot; Aaron…Albeit a Sex Hero; Le grand Voyage de Giovanni; The Gothic Man; Once You Leave

San Marcos (partial): Friday Night Lights (2006-2011. TV), Showville, The Ringer, Idiocracy, Piranha, Courage Under Fire (1996), The New Guy, The Faculty, The Getaway (1972), The War at Home, The Tree of Life

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