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HBO location manager Greg Alpert adores key to city

Location manager Greg Alpert started scouting Barnesville as a possible set destination for HBO’s ‘˜Sharp Objects’ last December. Soon after that, he had his first meeting with community development director Niki Sappington who was the city’s official liaison for the project. At that time he asked Sappington if he might get a key to the city if things worked out well. Alpert got just that July 13 at a city hall celebration in his honor. ’I have asked about a key to the city at every project I have ever worked. I use that line everywhere I go but this is the first time I actually got one. It will have a place of honor in my home in Los Angeles,’ Alpert said. Alpert has a long, storied background in film and television production. He was a teenaged Boy Scout at a camp in New Jersey when he was chosen to take a visiting film delegation on a tour of the place. Those location personnel liked what they saw and chose the camp to shoot the 1980 classic ‘˜Friday the 13th’. That chance encounter sparked his career as a film production supervisor and location manager. He has worked with directors Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and others. His credits include ‘˜Artificial Intelligence’, ‘˜Minority Report’, ‘˜Terminator 3’, ‘˜War of the Worlds’, ‘˜Draft Day’ and ‘The Hangover Part III’. Alpert and a few others have seen rough cuts of the film work done here and all were blown away with the results. Alpert is sure HBO crews and others will be back for more work in the future. ’I fully expect this will be the beginning of a long, fruitful relationship,’ he concluded.

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