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Fear the Walking Dead uses Texas filming locations

Fear the Walking DeadZombie horror series Fear the Walking Dead, a spinoff from ratings hit The Walking Dead, has filmed scenes in the Austin area of Texas.

“We’re grateful [cable network] AMC moved the production in the Austin area,” said Brian Gannon, director of the Austin Film Commission, in comments to local media outlet the Statesman. 

“What’s great about a TV series is it keeps our crew employed for long periods of time. We want productions in town generating money for the local economy and not moving to Atlanta or Kentucky.”

Fear the Walking Dead is currently shooting its fourth season. The first was set in Los Angeles but largely shot in Vancouver, with production then shifting to Baja Studios in northern Mexico to use local water tank facilities.

Original series The Walking Dead has filmed near Atlanta in Georgia almost since its launch in 2010.

The Texas shoot for Fear the Walking Dead is a boost for a state that does not get many high-profile films or TV shows, partly because of limited incentive support. 

Extended filming on larger shoots is rare in Texas and usually driven by exceptional circumstances. A recent example has been modern war drama The Long Road Home, which recreated a suburb of Baghdad at Ford Hood to tell the story of a mission undertaken by the soldiers based there.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Texas.

Images: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC