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How the Film Industry Found a Home in Georgia

Georgia’s relationship to the motion picture industry is not new. From Gone with the Wind’s sweeping presentation in 1939 to Forrest Gump, Glory, Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, and Sweet Home Alabama in later decades, blockbusters have been filmed in the state for years.

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It appears south Georgia’s going ‘Gollywood’

After hearing through the grapevine that he was in Ben Hill County filming a movie, I talked to Brandy Elrod (director of Tourism, Arts and Culture for the city of Fitzgerald and Camera Ready Liaison for Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County) to find out more about what’s going on there.

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More Analysis Refuting Koch-Funded Study on Film Production Incentives

The Motion Picture Association is refuting a new study by Michael Thom, associate professor at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy, for poor data selection, methodology problems, and its authors repeated dismissal of positive effects from production incentives that demonstrate a clear pattern of bias.

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Areu Bros. Studios to take ownership of THEA

Atlanta-based Areu Bros. Studios, the first major Latino-owned and operated studio in the nation, will take ownership of THEA, a streaming platform that attracted more than 1.5 million viewers during its first year and has caught the attention of industry leaders at film festivals.

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14th Annual Peachtree International Film Festival Set

The 14th Annual PVIFF 2019, the southeast’s premiere international film and arts festival returns with Screenings of Short Films and Major Motion Picture Films, Meet & Greets with Cast, Producers and Directors, Film Maker Competition with $100K Prize, Educational Forums, Networking, PVIFF 2019 Gala and after parties each day.

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SAG-AFTRA to Hold Fourth National Convention This Week

The National Convention brings together more than 400 delegates from the union’s 25 locals to elect the executive vice president and national vice presidents, debate and vote on constitutional amendments, and decide on union initiatives to focus on for the next two years.

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SIEGE: Update on the October 13-14 Event

SIEGE is doing a number of things differently this year. First of all, SIEGE will officially run Sunday – Tuesday, over Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14) at the KSU Center. Most of our regular events – Investment Conference, Indie Game Showcase, College Fair, keynote presentation, game dev tracks and the like will return.

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World Box Office: Joker brakes the October box office records

After collecting one of the most coveted awards of the Fall festival season – Venice’s Golden Lion – and surviving an ocean of controversy, Warner Bros’ Joker broke the October box office records, taking $96 million from 4, 374 theaters in the US and Canada, and $140.5 million from 73 overseas markets, for a worldwide take of $247 million.

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Interesting Read: De Niro King of Comedy Anecdote Reveals a Lot About His Approach to Acting

De Niro wanted to do a read-through of the Joker script before shooting, but Phoenix preferred to skip a read-through and take a “let it happen” approach. “I’m in between a rock and a hard place because Joaquin’s like, ‘There’s no &$*#ing way I’m doing a read-through,’ and Bob’s like, ‘I do read-throughs before we shoot, that’s what we do.’”

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A jam is coming to Georgia’s fall line

The Fall Line Jam will take place the first weekend of November in just a few weeks. The production team is formidable. A brilliant public relations whiz from Atlanta, Andrew Dietz, has been paired with Jeanette Vaughan, a world-class professional storyteller whose home is Hancock County.

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 SCAD Savannah Film Festival Tickets on Sale Today

The festival has become a distinguished stop on the road to the Oscars: hosting exclusive screenings, competition films, feature films, documentaries, shorts, animated films, panel discussions, and workshops at SCAD’s historic theaters and industry leading studios. 

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Georgia Named “Top State for Business” for 6th Straight Year

“Our world-class workforce is a direct result of our top-ranking colleges and universities, and Georgia Quick Start, the best workforce development program in the nation. The state’s innovative and comprehensive logistics network makes Georgia a gateway to the global economy by land, air, and sea.

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Exclusive Profile: Richard Rappaport of RJR Props

Most productions find us based on knowing us! Productions know that we can provide hospital props, ultra-modern computer servers, bank interiors and more. Companies have a good experience, and they come back to get the newest, best props for their show.

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Carolyn Pitt Launches Film Connx

At the heart of that growth are the crews working behind the scenes, with tens of thousands of jobs and contracts that need to be filled. Job postings, however, remain fragmented across Facebook groups, email and text threads, and word of mouth.

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Motion Picture Association Unifies Global Brand

The group’s worldwide advocacy and content protection operations will now have a single, consistent name and logo – reflecting the global entertainment industry and following other recent changes to equip a more globally aligned organization that can better serve its member companies.

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See Who is Coming to SIEGE in October

SIEGE is doing a number of things differently this year. First of all, SIEGE will officially run Sunday – Tuesday, over Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14) at the KSU Center. 12. Most of our regular events – Investment Conference, Indie Game Showcase, College Fair, keynote presentation, game dev tracks and the like will return.

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Gainesville High is creating future filmmakers

In one school year, Joseph Miller’s digital media and film students from Gainesville High School have written, filmed and edited three short productions, all of which will be featured in this year’s Georgia Film Festival.

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Barco to expand operations in Gwinnett County, adding 50 new jobs

Headquartered in Belgium, Barco designs technology to enable bright outcomes around the world. Barco is focused on three core markets: enterprise (from meeting and control rooms to corporate spaces), healthcare (from the radiology department to the operating room) and entertainment (from movie theaters to live events and attractions).

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Q&A with Terence McDade of BigCity Leasing

“I waited maybe six months before I finally said forget this and went back to work with my old employer. It was maybe another five months or so before Cedric called asking me to give it another shot and I basically shot him the middle finger.”

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Tyler Perry Moved To Tears By Signs Pointing To His Studios

“I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing. I was always keeping the faith, knowing that if I worked hard, did my absolute best, kept my integrity, honored every blessing, and remained grateful through it all that everything would work out.”

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DreamHack and ESL announces the new ESL Pro Tour

The ESL Pro Tour will feature an aggregate prize pool of more than $5 million (USD) for 2020 from competitions across five continents — making it, perhaps, the world’s largest and most lucrative circuit in Counter-Strike’s 20-year history.

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Savannah Tech: Moves far beyond ‘trade school’ label

“The number-one question we always ask is, did we place our students in a job in their field of training, or as close as possible to their field of training? Part of our success has been not letting that mission creep come in and trying to be all things to all people.” President Kathy S. Love

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Nick Laing to be First Two-Time SIEGE Keynote

Nick Laing, then senior producer on Forza, proved a very popular speaker when he first joined us in 2016. Now senior publishing producer for Amazon Games, he returns to give us even more insights into producing games, working with producers and becoming a producer yourself.

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The Summer Edition of SAG-AFTRA Magazine Has Gone Digital

The digital version of the magazine offers an interactive experience, with featured stories about the 2019 Commercials Contracts, the union’s newest agreement with Netflix and more. Also, get details on the resolution of the strike against BBH, this year’s national convention and the latest updates on events throughout the country.

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Savannah Profile: Christian Hawkins // 1st AC // 2nd AC

I was born and raised in central Florida where I met my wife Genevieve. I enlisted in the Army as a medic, served for five years, and completed a one-year deployment to Iraq. After the military, I attended SCAD for film and television production while working with local producers on industrial and documentary work.

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Florida Counties Sweeten The Pot For Filmmakers

That math, according to Affleck, included Georgia’s tax incentives. Films and TV productions can apply for a 30% rebate on expenses. Those incentives have helped turn Georgia into a film powerhouse. The Marvel movies, Stranger Things, and The Walking Deadall shoot there.

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Young filmmaker from Lee County growing into her craft

In “Giants,” she worked as an extra. In the follow-up, “Fireproof,” she was a production assistant, a grip for “Courageous” and for “War Room” an assistant director. Shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2012 with a film degree, she moved to Nashville.

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Lights, cameras could mean economic action for Augusta

“Atlanta is such a big player in the movie industry to me it really sets the tone for the possibilities that exists in the rest of the state,” Augusta CVB President and CEO Bennish Brown said. “That becomes a huge selling point and opportunity for Augusta.”

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