For major motion picture scouts location is the key. When it came time to search for the perfect home to film The Secret Life of Bees, an old farmhouse in Pender County caught their eye. For the owners, seeing their home transform into a movie set was an eye-opening experience. The bright pink paint makes Ginger Taylor's home in Watha hard to miss, but it did not always look like this. “It was a very quiet color, sort of a gray-blue wash that had been on the house for a long time and had aged in a very pretty way, but it didn't look anything like this,” said Ginger. The home caught the eye of a location scout for The Secret Life of Bees, who then contacted the Taylor’s about using their home for the movie. “I was familiar with the story and I knew the house was going to have to be the Pepto Bismol pink. But I couldn't resist asking them what color it actually is, and the name of it is Razzle Dazzle,” Taylor said. Paint did not just go up on the outside of the home. The interior walls were painted, window treatments were hung and even wallpaper was put up in one bedroom. Ginger said, “That wallpaper is lovely. It is from the period, so the movie people found it and brought it here, I think from NY. We want to keep it because it's such a reminder of the movie and it’s lovely.” Since the Taylor’s do not live here the filmmakers had free reign. “They went into every room where they would be filming because so much of the action is inside the house - its sort the heart of the movie,” added Taylor. Outside the home a bee house had to be built for the movie, since the main characters have a beekeeping and honey-making farm. The filmmakers offered to take it down, but the Taylor’s wanted it to stay. These days though, you will not find bees in there. “We're not making honey in there, we've stored corn in it,” said Taylor. If you are in the area, you can see the bee house and the bright pink home for yourself, at least for a little while. “We did decide to leave it, especially until the movie came out and throughout the run of the movie. We thought the people in the community would enjoy riding by and maybe stopping by and getting a chance to look at it. You can't miss it,” Taylor said Ginger and Joe Taylor said for now the house will remain pink, but eventually they will repaint it.
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