For Will Thompson, Thomaston was the perfect place to capture the small Southern town atmosphere that he was looking for in his NYU thesis film, “Pauline in a Beautiful World.” Thompson, a native of Marietta, has family ties to Upson County and spent four days last week shooting various scenes for the short film throughout the area.
Thompson grew up coming to Upson County to visit his aunt and uncle, Donna and Stewart Davis, whose house, along with Dr. Johnny and Betty Deen’s and Dr. Murray and Jessica Deen’s, is featured in the film. After writing the storyline, it did not take Thompson long to decide that Thomaston would be the perfect place to depict the setting.
“Thomaston has such a unique look, that I thought it would portray the right ambiance for the small town in the story,” said Thompson.
“Pauline in a Beautiful World” is the story of a debutant, named Pauline, who in the time leading up to her debut begins to pull away from the rich society she has been a part of her whole life. Thompson stated that the story is split between reality and a dream world that Pauline creates for herself to escape from the life that she does not want. She begins taking drives each night on a country road (filmed on The Rock Road) as a way of therapy. It is on those drives that she begins to go deeper into her dream world which eventually leads to an appalling act that results in public condemnation.
After wrapping things up in Thomaston on June 19, Thompson and his crew headed to Atlanta to finish filming the rest of the scenes on a sound stage before he could put together the finished project. Once completed, he has aspirations of submitting the film to several smaller film festivals throughout the United States, but also to more established festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival in France.