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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 16:06

Georgia’s Filming For the Fiscal Year Passes One Billion Mark

Written by  Thea Green
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The last year has been a booming one for Georgia’s increasingly large presence as a filming location: their 2013-2014 fiscal year saw giant numbers with productions spending 1.4 billion dollars.

Around 160 productions filmed there, including enormously popular ones like Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, as well as the Hunger Games sequels. An article in The Location Guide covered the increase and local reactions. 

The rising numbers for Georgia has aided the economy with new jobs and laid a solid foundation for future film shoots. “Since 2008, more than 90 companies have located in Georgia to support the industry,” said Chris Carr, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “These new businesses are generating jobs and ensuring the industry’s sustainability in Georgia well into the future.”

Many large productions are making the move to Georgia thanks to its 20% base filming incentive and high caliber studio spaces, such as Pinewood Atlanta, Atlanta Film Studios, and Raleigh Studios Atlanta. Insurgent recently relocated their shoot to Georgia from their original Chicago location, and the Hunger Games sequels switched from North Carolina over to Georgia. AMC’s The Walking Dead has also shot in Georgia for the past few seasons, boosting the economy and bringing a buzz in. 

Governor Nathan Deal is thankful for the impact that the recent surge in filming has had on Georgia. “Not only has this industry created jobs and investment opportunities for Georgians, it also has revitalized communities, established new educational programs, tourism product and more.” (The Location Guide

 

 

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