The majestic beauty of Smith Mountain Lake is everywhere. It’s easy to see what inspired actress and producer Sara Elizabeth Timmins’ epiphany one day a few years back. On a walk while visiting her parents in that very area, she came to realize how deeply she was affected by the tranquility of the lake—something you truly don’t see in other parts of the country. The contrast to the bustle of Los Angeles was significant, and it was in this experience that the makings of a film were born.
The film, “Lake Effects”, will feature the emotional journey of two sisters after the death of their father. The childhood home they return to in Smith Mountain Lake will undoubtedly offer insight and perspective, allowing viewers to experience a piece of the same beauty Timmins did.
The economic impact the film being produced on location will have on the community is important to Timmins. Names will not be changed, so local businesses will receive a sort of recognition that is rare in movies.
That’s not the only way this film will benefit the area, however. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to lake cleanup efforts, and the cast and crew will be involved in a volunteer day charity event.
This is an exciting concept for residents of Smith Mountain Lake, as the last time the area was used in a movie was during the 1991 film “What About Bob?” This film, while filmed at SML, was set in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. Most viewers were unaware of its film location, so it didn’t have the same results that “Lake Effects” will.
Casting and the assignment of extras is set for August or September. The gears are in motion, and “Lake Effects” will be ready for production this fall.
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Posted by Brian Watkins