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Georgia State University: Embracing and Discovering Creativity

“Before attending Georgia State University, I worked for a film, video and a marketing company, Atlanta Idea Studio. While there, I gained experience in the media and content creation field. I was a part of the production for television and radio campaigns, video and photo marketing campaigns and even served as a brand ambassador for an organic produce company.”

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What’s filming in Georgia right now

Netflix announced production for “Red Notice” back in July featuring an star-studded cast. Dwayne Johnson (Skyscraper, Jumanji: The Next Level), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) will star in the action-thriller.

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SCAD dean column: Why film loves Savannah

Savannah is a city built for film. With our sun-dappled squares, uniquely historic buildings, and verdant skyline, I like to say the city itself looks like a film set. It also means the infrastructure that brings film and television production from around the world to film here.

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New Yorker: Finding Truth and Fiction on Film Sets in the South

From the desk where I write this, in my house in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of downtown Atlanta, I could toss a hunk of Georgia red clay and hit the bungalow where the actor Jason Momoa was rumored to have lived while shooting “The Red Road,” a discontinued TV series set in the fictional town of Walpole, New Jersey.

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SAG-AFTRA Goes to Capitol Hill

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon visited Washington, D.C., during the week of Nov. 11 in a successful effort to draw policymakers’ attention to the issues faced by working creative professionals and to discuss the continued economic benefits of the film and television industry across the United States.

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Belize Film Commission Partners with Georgia

The Belize Film Commission, along with the Global Commerce, Digital Entertainment and Media Divisions for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Saba Industries is pleased to report that they announced the soft launch of the Belize International Market: Film – TV – New Media – Animation at the recent Belize International Film Festival.

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Mountainfilm on Tour, Savannah: January 22-25, 2020

Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah is scheduled for January 22-25, 2020, and will screen over thirty films throughout the four-day festival. The mission of Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah is to educate and inspire local audiences to create a better world through the power of film. Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah is a partner of Telluride-based, Mountainfilm.

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Georgia gaming economy exceeds $830 million

A new report released by the Georgia Game Developers Association shows how it impacts the economy for the state. Dr. Jay O’Toole, an Assistant Professor at Elon University’s School of Business in the department of Management and Entrepreneurship, wrote the report. Georgia’s game development studios and workers participated in the survey.

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Israeli Film Mogul Invests in Georgia

From his vacation home in Barcelona, Cohen told the AJT, “We chose Georgia because of the tax credit {the highest in the U.S.] but Georgia was missing the last part in the process. In the past, the filming was done here, but then left for LA to finish the job.”

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Atlanta Esports Summit Nov. 14-15

Get a comprehensive overview of the esports ecosystem at the Esports Summit. General attendee tickets include a tour of Skillshot, access to the B2B Mixer, an all-access badge to Esports Summit panels and presentations, and an escorted tour of Hi-Rez Expo at DreamHack Atlanta.

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Contend with The Art of the Fight SCADFILM Weekend

On Saturday, join SCAD for the Writing for Fighting screenwriting workshop as you practice polishing the perfect physical action scene. Then learn how to take the scene from page to screen at the fight choreography demonstration featuring performers from Black Panther, Jurassic Park, and The Avengers.

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Augusta jail called best prison set in the U.S.

Georgia’s film tax credits bring productions to the state, but the rarity of the six-story jail building, with its built-in courtrooms and law enforcement office space sealed the deal for the team working on a film Monday at the site, several said.

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Mark Simon, Atlanta Artist/Author, Releases Latest Book

Start At The Top is a book of inspirational success stories on how Simon quick rose to the top of any career he chose, from skateboards to construction, from training, advertising, and writing to the entertainment industry. Stories include landing his dream job with Spielberg in just 15 minutes, along with the lessons he learned from each one.

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Georgia Receives Top Business Ranking for Record-Breaking Seventh Straight Year

Governor Kemp made the historic announcement at the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, Georgia. “I am incredibly proud that Georgia has received the No. 1 ranking from Site Selection for the seventh year in a row,” said Governor Kemp. “From day one of my administration, we have been laser-focused on creating opportunities for hardworking Georgians in every corner of the state.”

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Cinema in the Classic City: 7 films shot in Athens

Atlanta is nicknamed the “Hollywood of the South” for a reason. But turns out, Athens has made a name for itself in the film industry with documentaries and short films as well. Here is a list of 7 films where you might catch a glimpse of the city you call home.

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Profile: Marjorie Ocho Kouns, an artist in multiple mediums

My Marjorie Kouns – Body as Canvas works complement the industry needs at this auspicious time. Plus, I’m super excited to be one of the calavera – sugar skull – face painters this Saturday, Nov. 2, from 2-8 p.m. at Atlanta’s Mutiny Artwrx for their Day of the Dead Art and Culture Festival!

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GPB: International Politics Barges Into The World Of Video Games

International politics has now entered the world of video games. A professional player of the game Hearthstone has forfeited his winnings and has been banned from competing for a year. His crime? Vocally supporting the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests. NPR’s Andrew Limbong reports that decision prompted a furious response.

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World Box Office: Joker Back on Top

A slow weekend with no major new releases saw a familiar face return to the top of the North American chart. Joker, now in its fourth week in theaters, came in first place after having slipped below Disney’s maligned Maleficent: Mistress of Evil last session. 

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Canon Unveils Its New Flagship DSLR Camera

The 1D X Mark III builds upon its predecessor in many ways, especially when it comes to autofocus. It features an enhanced autofocus system with a new algorithm, subject tracking using Deep Learning Technology, and an optical viewfinder that uses a new autofocus sensor that has 28x the resolution of the 1D X Mark II.

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Gov. Kemp Applauds Contributors in Arts and Humanities

“Growing and sustaining our arts and humanities sectors can create a catalyst for community revitalization and local economic development across the state. I congratulate the recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities and thank these individuals and organizations for their tireless work toward the advancement of our state.”

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Utah sees rapid growth in film and television productions

The state currently offers up to a 25% tax credit or cash rebate on money spent by productions in the state, with the program capped at about $8 million each year. The program is considered conservative compared to other states such as Illinois and Georgia with larger breaks and no cap.

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Motion Picture Association Officially Reopens Global Headquarters

Designed to reflect today’s dynamic entertainment industry, the new space includes a state-of-the-art theater with expanded seating capacity, an elegant event venue with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a museum-style exhibit featuring props, costumes, and memorabilia from iconic films and television shows. 

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Faith-Based Sports Drama FULL COUNT Red Carpet

Clifon Powell joins FULL COUNT stars Elizabeth Omilami and Afemo Omilami at the red carpet world premiere screening of the film at Regal Atlantic Station. The faith-based sports drama will be available in select theaters and in over 100 million homes through its VOD and digital release on October 25.

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