Movies made in Georgia: AJC on Location

L.A. studio signs on for Gwinnett film complex
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L.A. studio signs on for Gwinnett film complex

A prominent California movie studio company is joining developer Jim Jacoby to operate a massive production and education campus in Gwinnett County, amid a continuing boom in the state’s movie business.

MBS3, the operator of a large production campus near Los Angeles where noted director James Cameron and Marvel Studios have shot films, has joined Jacoby Development to operate and market the planned Atlanta Media Campus near I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard. The mixed-use complex is expected to open next year.

MBS3 joins other big-name film production facility operators to come to Georgia, including storied studio operators Pinewood Studios in Fayette County and EUE/Screen Gems in Atlanta.


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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

» AJC ON LOCATION: Movies made in Georgia


The stars

Surviving an interview with Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones stars in the powerfully haunting “The Homesman,” which filmed partly in Georgia and comes out in Atlanta on Nov. 21. Described as “curt” or “abrupt” during the rare interviews he grants, his people made him available to talk about the movie.


“What do you want to ask me?” was how he started a 2006 Texas Monthly interview, titled “Tommy Lee Jones Is Not Acting,” and including this pro tip: “He doesn’t hesitate to cut off an interview if he finds the questions too personal or particularly inane.

The places

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

The blockbuster

Watch for Atlanta sites in ‘Mockingjay’

Keep an eye out for Atlanta when “Mockingjay — Part 1,” the latest film in “The Hunger Games” series, hits theaters this Friday.

The movie is of course set in fictional, dystopian Panem and the Capitol, but did quite a bit of filming in metro Atlanta. Here are a few local spots you might recognize:The Swan House. Built for prominent Atlantans Emily and Edward Inman in 1928, the Philip T.

The list

Movies filmed in Georgia

Hundreds of movies have filmed in Georgia over the years, but it’s clear that things picked up significantly after the state began offering tax incentives to production companies. Here are some major productions shot in Georgia in the last several years, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

» QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Atlanta-filmed movies.

the money

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.

The studios

Studio specs: A look at what films where

Filmmakers love shooting at Atlanta landmarks including Turner Field, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Georgian Terrace and St. Regis hotels, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

When it’s time for interior work, productions have a slew of studios to choose from.

Among the most prominent is EUE/Screen Gems, a sprawling complex at the site of the former Lakewood Fairgrounds.


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