As Gov. Brian Kemp moved to lift state restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic over the past several weeks and declared Georgia open for business, several industries — including retail, gyms and restaurants — opened their doors. Now add the film and television industry to that list.
While things are still quieter than usual, the Savannah-area entertainment production industry is starting to gain momentum again, according to local officials.
“We’re getting a lot of inquires. In the last month it’s really picked up a lot, and we have had one actual in-person scout come in last week looking to shoot probably toward the end of the summer,” said Beth Nelson, executive director of the Savannah Regional Film Commission. “It was really fun to have somebody here on the ground, looking at our locations.”
The local film and production industry has grown into an important piece of Savannah’s economy in the past several years. In 2019, 129 professional projects — including eight feature films, 18 television projects and 12 commercials — filmed in the area, generating a record-breaking $125.6 million in direct spending and $266.3 million in economic impact for the region, according to the commission’s annual report. See more at SMN.