South Cobb Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce hear from film officials

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Holly Quinlan, CEO of Cobb Travel & Tourism, has seen filming requests skyrocket in recent years.

“Cobb is very fortunate because we’re so diverse within our community,” she said. “We’ve got quaint town squares, we’ve got a beach up in Acworth and lakes. … There are lots of opportunities within our county.”

There is even a website where people can post photos of their properties for filmmakers to see when scouting for perfect locations to shoot, said Lee Cuthbert, a location specialist for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. As a result, her office can link landowners and filmmakers together, streamlining the process for shows and movies shot locally.

“Whenever somebody calls me, they have something very specific in mind,” Quinlan said. “They’re looking for specific sites to film.”

Cuthbert said 2016 was a good year for films in Georgia, launching the state ahead of places like California, New York and Louisiana. Additionally, there were plenty of other films and television shows shot locally that may not have done so well at the box office.

She said in addition to tax incentives driving the demand to film in Georgia, the temperate weather and climate variety also plays a major part.

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