Movies made in Georgia: AJC on Location

Atlanta deemed top U.S. city for moviemakers

Atlanta deemed top U.S. city for moviemakers

Moviemaker magazine has named Atlanta the best place to work and live for TV and film people among all major cities, beating New York and Los Angeles.

This is up from sixth a year ago. Atlanta was also deemed better than cities such as Austin, Texas, (No. 3) and Albuquerque, N.M. (No. 5).

Atlanta is still third in terms of total production among U.S. cities behind New York and L.A. But the story cited the metro area’s significantly lower cost of living in terms of housing and thriving restaurant scene. The author noted local indie film festivals and a city of Atlanta job training program to bolster the local crew talent pool.



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‘Walking Dead’ filming, tours give Senoia a new life

“Remember: If you get bit, we can take you down,” quips Julie Brown, owner of the Georgia Mercantile Company in Senoia.

Not the typical warning you receive before embarking on a walking tour of a tiny Southern burg, but this isn’t your typical walking tour.

The once sleepy town of Senoia, approximately a 45-minute drive south of Atlanta, serves as one of the main filming locations for “The Walking Dead,” AMC’s uber-popular zombie TV show.

The places

Westville cobbler
Jennifer Brett

A visit to Historic Westville

Most of the filming for the new Tommy Lee Jones-Hilary Swank movie “The Homesman” occurred in New Mexico, but some key scenes took place in Historic Westville, a living history museum in the tiny southwest Georgia town of Lumpkin, about 150 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

During our brief interview, Jones was characteristically gruff, but grew temporarily giddy when discussing the unique property, where historically significant buildings including a church, a general store, a cotton gin, a school, a wagon shop, a cobbler and numerous homes are laid out like a little town dating to the 1800s — perfect for the movie.

» Video: 'The Homesman' trailer

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Star-struck towns seek economic lift

Towns across Georgia do it all for Hollywood

Towns across Georgia will do just about anything for Hollywood. In Savannah, the trees were stripped of Spanish moss to recreate Washington for a Robert Redford movie. And Grantville didn’t mow the grass for six weeks to give the already-apocalyptic downtown an even scarier look for “The Walking Dead.”

“They know we’ll bend over backwards for them,” said Jim Sells, the town’s mayor who gives “Walking Dead” tours for zombie-loving fans from as far away as Australia. “And they’re putting Grantville on the map.”  |  Photos

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The list

"The Gift," (2000)

These movies were filmed in Georgia

It’s become increasingly common to stumble upon a movie or TV set in recent years in metro Atlanta. From a funeral in “Fast & Furious 7” being filmed at the Historic Oakland Cemetery to the use of Swan House in The Hunger Games franchise, Atlanta has become a popular place for filming for a number of reasons.

While you may know a few of the movies that have come through Georgia, it's certainly hard to keep track of them all!

the money

'Anchorman 2' cast takes break from filming in Atlanta
Kerby Thompson

Georgia speaks to Hollywood’s bottom line

Georgia plays a zombie wasteland in the hit TV series “The Walking Dead.” Scenes shot in Atlanta will portray dystopian poverty and splendor this fall in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” A British movie giant that works on the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises is building a studio campus in Fayette County.

Yet at a Los Angeles convention to drum up movie business last month, Georgia’s spartan 10-by-10 booth gave little hint of the state’s rise to A-list stature.

Locals behind the scenes

Georgians getting their closeups behind-the-scenes in film industry
Jonathan Phillips

Georgians getting their closeups behind-the-scenes in film industry

Next time you’re watching the Fox television show “Sleepy Hollow,” take a close look at the tavern and the tunnels that snake through the set. It’s the handiwork of Conyers resident John Principe.

Shortly after production for the hit TV show moved from Wilmington, N.C. to Conyers last summer, Principe was part of a rigging crew that set up stages, props and lighting and generally transformed the old Hill-Phoenix building in the warehouse district of Conyers into the spooky environs of the 1780s.


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