Tax Credits Brings Movie Written with California Backdrop to Georgia

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Filmmaker Edgar Wright shot in US production hub Atlanta for his heist movie Baby Driver.

The film follows Baby, a young getaway driver whose childhood eardrum injury leads him to move to the rhythm of his personal music playlist.

“Baby Driver was originally written for Los Angeles, but due to tax and production incentives it was changed to Atlanta,” says Douglas Dresser, the film’s supervising location manager, in comments to KFTV.

“Edgar Wright then changed the script to be set in Atlanta so we didn’t have to cheat it as another city. We scouted for just over two and a half months in October to December, prepped after the first of the year and shot in the spring.

Given that the film’s soundtrack is an integral part of the story, Baby Driver’s playlist had a big impact on Wright’s location choices, with the director having to work out how selected tracks would function in each space.

“This was my favorite part of the film,” Dresser says. “Walking the streets of Atlanta and finding the little bits that made his vision come true. Edgar would joke with us as we hit the streets: ‘Come on fellas, let’s get our steps in!’.”

See more at KFTV.

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