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WHITEWRIGHT, TX -- Production on a short film began Friday in Whitewright, Texas.

With a population less than 2,000, it's has become a go-to city for filmmakers in search of small town Texas.

"We looked 45 minutes in every direction of Dallas and we researched everywhere online, but when we pulled up here, it was just obvious," director David Redish said.

The short film titled John and Claudia is the fourth film in two years to be shot in Whitewright.

Redish says having a city, like Whitewright, that's easy to work with is key when it comes to deciding where they'll film next.

"I've shot in Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and you're always wrestling with the city to get permission for things," he said. "We just showed them what we were going to do and they said, ‘Great, what do you need?'"

Cathy Pierce with the Whitewright Chamber of Commerce says opening the city's doors to film crews not only puts it on the map when it comes to movies, it also helps bring in tourism dollars.

"It's a great draw. Being out here where we're at, we need the tourism and this is one thing that brings it here," Pierce said.

Other north Texas towns seem to be following suit.

Although nothing is lined up, on Tuesday, Van Alstyne's city council approved a measure paving the way for film crews if, and when, they decide to use their city as a set.

The city of Sherman says it welcomes film crews, too, and so do Texoma actors.

At least 20 will make an appearance in John and Claudia.

Bobi Wheatley and her husband run the Denison car club that provided the classic cars for the film.

"It's neat," Wheatley said. "It boosts these tiny towns."

The crew will wrap up in Whitewright on Saturday then move to Marfa, Texas for another couple days of shooting.

Redish says the film will be finished by mid-summer.