Making Movies in Eaton County

Welcome to the official information center for making movies in Eaton County.  The county offers many diverse locations for film and video productions.  


2010 Red_Dawn_Promo_Poster

2010 Red_Dawn_Scene_-_Mine_Shaft

Click here to view a night scene filmed at Fitzgerald Park (Grand Ledge) involving an explosion and destruction of the mine shaft shown on the left.

For instance, the county's Fitzgerald Park, located in Grand Ledge, Michigan, was the site for several scenes for a new production of Red Dawn, a remake of the 1984 film starring Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, and other familiar actors. The new film is directed by Dan Bradley.


"I have been a location manager in the motion picture industry for 13 years, and have worked throughout the world. The experience of working in Eaton County ranks as on of the most supportive and cooperative locations I have ever been involved with."


James McAllister

Key Location Manager

"Red Dawn"

Wolverine Productions LLC.

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Interested in sharing your photographs for potential locations to produce a film or video?  Click on this link to access the Michigan Film Officewhere photos can be submitted directly to this "central office."

Click on the links below to access other useful information:

Eaton County enjoys a rural small-town lifestyle in close proximity to larger urban centers such as Lansing (state capitol, Lansing Regional Airport), Battle Creek, and Grand Rapids (Gerald R. Ford International Airport).  Our proximity to these urban centers provide convenient expressway routes leading into the county to move production equipment and crews.  Our rolling landscape, picturesque small towns provide a way of life that make it a wonderful place to live, do business, and create films.  The county's skilled workforce is supported by high-quality educational institutions, with some programs specializing in film and video productions.


To learn more about how we can help with your future film or video production, please contact:

John Fuentes, County Controller 
Eaton County
1045 Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, MI  48813
(517) 543-2122

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