Georgia has become a major hot bed for film productions in the past years and it is continuing to grow rapidity. Over the summer, Governor Nathan Deal announced that film and TV productions brought in over $9 Billion Dollars in economic impact in 2017. Just in the past year, over 300 film/television productions were shot in Georgia. In honor of our outstanding growth in the film industry, we are bringing you 10 reasons why Georgia is great for film.
1. Film incentives
It is said that Georgia has one of the best film incentive programs in the US. Georgia offers a 20% tax rebate for productions shot in the state with an additional 10% for those who include the Georgia “Peach State” logo in its credits.
2. Geographical features
From the skyscrapers downtown, to the plains, and all the way up to the mountains in North Georgia, the peach state is the perfect backlot for filming. If you need the hustle and bustle of the city, go to Atlanta, or if you need sandy beaches go to Savannah. Georgia’s southern cities have an old-fashion southern charm with an ample amount of historic homes perfect for filming. With Georgia’s diverse geography, film productions have a variety of diverse backdrops to choose from.
3. The Hollywood of the South
Covington, GA, known as “The Hollywood of the South” has long been THE ideal place for film production companies across the nation. Tourists flock to this small town for its rich film history. TV shows like The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and most recently The Vampire Diaries, helped put Covington on the map. Also, many films have been produced in our quaint town. Covington has become the crown jewel of Georgia.
4. Home to CNN, TBS, CN
It’s no secret that Atlanta is home to CNN, TBS and Cartoon Network. With these major television broadcasting system’s headquarters ‘ as our next-door neighbor it makes filming a lot easier.
5. Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
Another perk of filming in Georgia is having access to the world’s busiest airport. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offers over 100 domestic and international destinations. Having the Atlanta airport at your fingertips makes traveling easier for film production crews moving in and out the state.
6. Less Extreme Weather
Even though Georgia has unpredictable weather, it’s not extreme like other states. With Georgia’s mild winters and temperate climate, you can shoot anytime for almost any scene. In the wintertime, if you need some green scenery, stop by Savannah Georgia where the foliage remains greens all year around.
7. Less Expensive Amenities
Its already expensive enough to shoot a movie but when it comes to amenities, Georgia is less expensive. Restaurants, supermarkets, transportation, utilities, rent, and more are much more affordable in Georgia. According to Shofur Technologies, food is 8% cheaper and entertain is 17% cheaper compared to Los Angeles. So, by shooting in Georgia your saving some extra bucks when it comes to feeding and housing your crew.
8. Local Universities
In Georgia, there are some local universities who are currently training new and better film crewmembers. Georgia State University, located in downtown Atlanta, Ga, offers degrees in film, video, and digital imaging. GSU alumni have seen the success of the film industry and are involved with many projects. Also, the University of Georgia offers similar opportunities with their studies in video production, screenwriting, and digital media.
9. Economic Growth
Earlier stated in this blog, we said Nathan Deal announced that film and television productions generated over $9 billion in economic impact. Because so many movies are being filmed here and they are doing well in the box office, this sets an example and makes others want to film their movie or television shows here. Television productions, like The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead have become HUGE hits and their filming locations are as well.
In addition to the new Three Rings Studio being built in Covington, GA, the state of Georgia has a huge amount of studio space and sound stages. Some popular studios in Georgia are Pinewood Studios, Blackhall Studios, and Tyler Perry Studios. With so much studio space, and more being built, Georgia can have multiple film productions in the works simultaneously.