“War Room” is not only the Kendrick brothers’ biggest hit. It’s also their first movie shot outside Albany, Ga. It was filmed in the Charlotte area from May through July in 2014.
Here’s what producer Stephen Kendrick says about the shoot.
▪ Why Charlotte? “We were really praying – we felt that this film needed something different. Different backgrounds. Albany doesn’t have epic skyscrapers or mountain vistas like in nearby Boone. There were so many good things about shooting in Charlotte that drew us. The summers are 10 degrees cooler than in Albany. And you don’t have a ton of gnats flying around in your face the whole time you’re shooting outside...And there are (experienced film) people there who are available to work and they’re very talented.”
▪ The Kendricks cast a Mooresville actress, Karen Abercrombie, as Miss Clara, a strongly religious senior citizen who steals the film. “We were auditioning (at Grace Covenant Church in Huntersville). And she happened to go to that church ... That was a big answer to prayer because we needed someone very unique to fill that role. And she nailed it. (Though Abercrombie is much younger than the Miss Clara character), she had played older women before. We were originally trying to audition older women in their 70s ... We (aged) her with makeup and clothes and she did it with changing the way she talks and the way she walks.”
▪ The film features two scenes – 40 years apart – shot at Oakwood Cemetery in downtown Concord. But in the background is the uptown Charlotte skyline. “That was a special effect. We actually shot it and there was nothing (in the background). When we did that 40-year transition, we had to digitally go in and grow the trees, add more cemetery plots and add the Charlotte skyline.”