Hollywood is still considered the movie capital of the world, but it’s getting a lot of competition from Georgia now. Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, told Columbus Rotarians that Georgia came it third last year in the number of productions filmed in America.
There are a number of sound stages operating in Atlanta now, and a lot of movies are being shot on locations all over the state. It’s become a billion-dollar industry in the state. More than 700 films of different types have been made in Georgia since 1972. Westville has been the location for a number of films, including one just recently released, The Homesman, directed and starring Tommy Lee Jones, and featuring Hillary Swank, and Meryl Streep. And some major ones were made before then. Parts of Gone With The Wind were shot in Georgia in 1939. A number of movies have been made at Fort Benning, including the Green Berets with John Wayne.
Why are so many being made in Georgia now? Impressive tax breaks, and many suitable locations for shooting feature films, television shows, commercials, and more.
So now if you want to work in the movies, you can do it here in Georgia. Movies employ about 150 locals for middle-range budget movies, and about 250 for big budget fims.