What do an aging assassin hunting his clone, a football-playing private investigator trying to exonerate his daughter, an escaped slave interacting with famous historical figures, and an upper-class cocker spaniel falling in love with a street smart mutt all have in common?
Nearly 80 students were specially selected from around 40 high schools across the state by a group called “21st Century Leaders” to learn more about the academy and jobs in the film industry.
Michael Cooke, who made his directorial debut in “Across the Tracks,” is in Albany filming his 20-minute proof of concept pilot at various locations throughout the city this week.
Bowdon explains that the increase in educational spending has long been speculated to be the remedy for problems in public schools, however where spending has increased locally, regionally and even nationwide, the country continues to lag behind most other large, industrialized countries in educational efficiency.
Kelsey Moore is Executive Director of Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition. She talks about the mission and focus of the coalition.
Since pre-sale loans are secured by fixed payments owed under existing contracts, the lenders tend to be banks and the pricing tends to be relatively modest, typically requiring an up-front fee equal to 2% of the amount of the loan and interest at two points over LIBOR.
Esports is becoming an economic driver for Atlanta, making 2019 a pivotal year for gamers with the growth of even more esports programs.
The Atlanta Film Festival is proud to announce the semifinalists in the 2019 Screenplay Competition. Chosen from over 1,200 submissions, these screenplays represent those moving forward from our feature film, television pilot, and short film categories.
Chairman of the House Rules Committee and State Rep. Jay Powell (R) says that there is an inequality between old and new technologies, and while customers have to pay products on physical goods, they have escaped having to pay any additional taxes on digital purchases and subscriptions.
February is never a big box office month and this Valentine’s Day weekend saw another slow frame with newcomer Alita: Battle Angel taking first place on a modest $27.8 million.
You might not recognize it from the outside looking in, but this home has served as the set for “South Beach” and other film projects.
In 2015, the state instituted a grant program that initially started out with just $10 million in funding. Through multiple revisions, that program is now allotted $30 million annually with no sunset date.
The late concert promoter Alex Cooley organized the first Atlanta International Pop Festival in July 1969, a month before Woodstock, and bits of that concert are seen in the film. However, the documentaries’ main focus is the second festival, held over the Fourth of July weekend in 1970, in burning 100-degree heat.
The University of Georgia has been given the go-ahead to launch a master’s degree program aimed at training students to join the creative professions within the entertainment industry.
Christian Allen is an experienced and BAFTA award winning AAA game designer and creative director. Prior to joining Epic Games as the Unreal Engine Evangelist for North America, Christian served as Lead Designer, Creative Director, and Design Director of several AAA game projects.
“Loop It Up Savannah is so excited to be working with the SMF on this inaugural event, which will be a great access point to music, movement and visual arts for children and families throughout Savannah,” says Molly Lieberman, Executive Director of Loop It Up Savannah.
Citing an example, Patterson said, “There is a need for visual effects artists. There are not enough of them in the world (to currently meet the growing need).”
As an example of these efforts, Thomas used the Will Smith film “Gemini Man,” which is set for release in October. That production used more than 330 vendors from 64 state localities, including Brunswick and St. Simons Island.
“Black Panther,” which could snag trophies for best picture, original score, costume design and original song, was filmed chiefly at EUE/Screen Gems with some work done at Tyler Perry’s new studio facility and a few scenes shot on location throughout Atlanta.
Participating High Schools: Arabia Mountain, Chamblee, Columbia, DeKalb High School of Technology South, DeKalb School of the Arts, Dunwoody, Lakeside, Miller Grove, MLK, McNair, Southwest DeKalb Stephenson, Towers and Tucker
Chairman of Atlantic Capital Bank Sonny Deriso talks about the role of Chairman of the Georgia Chamber and what he is looking forward to as Chair in 2019.
“CINEMA’s mission of providing 20 opportunity youth with the resources, knowledge and support necessary to obtain entry-level jobs in Georgia’s entertainment industry is not only revolutionary, but critical in our endeavor to make the entertainment business a more diverse, inclusive and egalitarian space,” said Taharka Davis, CINEMA Project director.
It wasn’t just football fans that enjoyed activities during Super Bowl LIII week in Atlanta. Atlanta children of all ages that have a passion for technology received a day off from school as they enjoyed 50 hands-on exhibits and interactive experience at the STEM WARS eSports Bowl for Super Bowl LIII.
The judges have worked on several award winning and popular projects, i.e., The Walking Dead, Black Lightning, Black Panther, Halt & Catch Fire, Meet the Browns, and Baby Driver.
“We really need to bring these jobs back to Florida instead of giving up all our economic development to Georgia, Louisiana and California, too,” Stewart said.
“Our number one goal is to bring people to Valdosta,” said Jason Brown, South Georgia Film Festival director. “We want to provide a venue where filmmakers want to show their work here. While they’re here, we want to show them why they should make their next film here.”
“When the North Carolina film tax credit dried up there was a mass exodus,” said Lucy Keller, a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. “Many of my friends were quick to get out and when they told me about the opportunities in the film industry in Georgia, I was in.”
The documentary, filmed over the course of a single school year, follows five students and their families as the students cope with cruelty from classmates while trying to fit in.
Two productions – HBO’s “Brooklyn” TV series and the film “Jumanji 2” – have required days-long street closures and detours for vehicles and pedestrians already this year.
He’s going though some things that are very relatable, and the biggest difference I see between me and him are the method of coping for the obstacles he’s going through,” Perkins said. “I could have been just like my character in another life.”
In the five-time Oscar nominated movie Green Book, New Orleans, Louisiana becomes, for a cinematic moment or two, Macon, Georgia.
“That people just kind of think that it’s okay and they can get away with it at all and I hope if anything this sends a message that we at Film Club take this stuff seriously.”
Former Gov. Eric Greitens and allies ended the state’s involvement in the program, but Parson said the state could again issue those credits if the Legislature reforms the program.
Killion has introduced legislation to raise the cap on the state’s film production tax credit program from $65 million to $125 million. The program is used to attract movie and TV productions from around the country, which bolsters economic activity throughout the state.
Sig Mosley, has been privy to the potential of technology long before it reared its head into the world of Esports. As the most prolific investor in the southeast, Mosley is confident that this contribution to Axis Replay and the gaming industry will prove to provide an immediate impact.
Between the Super Bowl and freezing temperatures across much of the Midwest and northeastern United States, this weekend turned out to be a dull affair at the domestic box office. Glass remained number one again with a $9.5 million third frame.
The film entitled “Fair Game: Surviving A 1960 Georgia Lynching” profiles the tiny Blakely community, where 24 known black men were lynched, and where, in 1960, a black New Jersey Navy veteran risked becoming the 25th victim.
Kris Bagwell is Executive Vice President at EUE/Screen Gems Studios. Today he shares how they work with politicians to educate and communicate issues.
Charli Traylor is the Practice Leader of Frazier Deeter’s Entertainment Group. Today she talks about the value clients place in the business environment and mainly the tax incentives available to produce in Georgia.
The film follows three refugees and a former member of the Ku Klux Klan as they grapple with their identities and their relationships with the town of Clarkston, all while America is experiencing its own crisis of identity.
The Showboat Theater on South Eden Plantation in Thomasville looks like your average, run-of-the-mill playhouse. But, if only these walls could talk.
Since his murder, the dash cam video has become one of the most infamous police dash cam videos ever captured.
In a slow weekend at the US box office, last frame’s top three held their spots and shrugged off a small crop of unsuccessful newcomers. Universal and Bulmhouse’s Glass stayed at number one with $19 million, taking its total domestic sales to $73.5 million after less than two full weeks in theaters.
The long-awaited Academy Awards nominations have been announced, with nine of the nominated films having worked with Studios over the course of their production.
Now in its seventh year, the university’s annual signature event celebrating the television industry will be held at SCADshow on Feb. 7-9, 2019. Entertainment Weekly (EW) will serve as the first ever Official Media Partner for SCAD aTVfest.
CINEMA is a workforce development initiative that will train and provide new opportunities to 18-24-year-olds who are disconnected from work and/or education to obtain entry-level jobs
Former Gov. Nathan Deal introduced Georgian of the Year Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment office.
COED President Misti Martin and COED Film Projects Manager Molly Mercer spoke at the opening of the event, recapping the increasing filming in the county and the state and encouraging event attendees to bring more shows and films to the area.
The Columbus Film Commission announced its plan to position Columbus, Georgia, as the state’s third film hub during the “Choose Georgia” event at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Representative Josh Bonner talks about how the film industry has impacted his district as well as the segments that benefit like housing.
The $65 million in film tax credits Pennsylvania offers each year may not be enough to convince many film producers to bring their business to the state, but it does likely help keep productions in Pennsylvania that might otherwise leave, the state Independent Fiscal Office reports.
The CollegeTown Film Series compliments student life activities, supports downtown revitalization and gives students an enriching experience in Middle Georgia’s historically significant and completely restored Douglass Theatre.
Peel back the shiny surface and who congeals all this revolutionary activity is native son Jeffrey Stepakoff, the steam engine behind our state’s business of film entertainment.
The global TV analytics firm announced the news during the inaugural Global TV Demand Awards. AMC’s undead drama The Walking Dead was the most in-demand TV series in the world while the nostalgic Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things was the Most In-Demand Digital Original Series in the World.
Directed by Ashley Avis, “Adolescence” is about a teenager from an abusive household (Mickey River) who falls in love with a free-spirited runaway (India Eisley) that leads him into the fast-lane lifestyle of drugs and addiction which threatens to destroy him.
Students work on-set during the program and are ready to go to work when they complete it. The Georgia Film Academy program offered at Savannah Technical College is designed to prepare students specifically for what he calls “below the line” positions in television and films.
Small business owners say they hope a new fair approach can be reached since recent productions paid some local businesses for their lost earnings and not others.
Jim Stone is CEO of Tytan Pictures. Today he talks about securing the crew for film projects and how they are working in the community to help educate young school aged kids about the entertainment industry.
Qualifying international and local film and TV projects will be able to access both immediately, as long as the amount they receive does not exceed 50% of each project’s total production spend.
The caucus’ mission is to “create a dialogue that bridges the gap between politicians, entertainment professionals and the community and shares the importance of activism always and not only during highly-publicized events.”
State Representative Josh Bonner (R-Fayetteville) was recently named Vice Chair of the House Working Group on Creative Arts & Entertainment by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).
One suspect, Dewayne Antwain Williams, 49, has been transferred to the Gwinnett County Detention Center and remains in custody without bail as of Tuesday morning. The driver of the second vehicle has not been identified.
Drew Sawyer of Moonshine Post talks about the need for producers in Georgia to connect and collaborate at events like Georgia Entertainment and other affairs.
It’s easy to look back over your lifetime and wish you had evidence of some of the big moments. But for filmmaker and artist Bennie Mitchell III, that’s not a problem.
Hi-Rez Studios has revealed the teams participating in its restructured SMITE and Paladins professional leagues.
Hosted by the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, the breakfast is an annual event for business owners to have an inside look at how the economy is expected to perform in the upcoming year, said Betty Morgan, vice president for business development with the chamber.
Tweed’s creator is Andrew Ratcliffe, a native of Georgia with a twenty-two-year history in the audio recording industry and a part owner of the recently revived Sound Techniques console company that will feature several formats of the new consoles throughout the Tweed facilities.
What really goes on behind the scenes of a movie set? That’s what award-winning journalist Meredith Jordan set out to answer in “BELOW THE LINE: Anatomy of a Successful Movie” to be released by Citation Press.
Alex talks to us about the process they use in working with clients in the film and entertainment space.
Rick Strawn is CEO of Paradigm Security Services. Today, he offers an example of why sites must be secure.
The screening of a new documentary profiling a Southwest Georgia town infamous for lynching will help mark Black History Month at Georgia Institute of Technology next month.
For Taylor Vickers the journey from the runway to the production site began in earnest when she joined her husband Dodd Vickers as he worked as a location manager for “Sharp Objects,” the popular 2018 mini-series starring Amy Adams filmed in Barnesville.
Following up on the report of best large cities where Atlanta ranked 2nd, MovieMaker has released its best small cities to live in. #1 is Savannah.
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston announced Wednesday he’s starting a legislative effort to further boost the state’s booming film, TV and entertainment industry.
“The film business as we know it is never going back to Los Angeles. It’s a jump ball in terms of what the next big city that could build the industry is going to be,” director Joe Carnahan
Productions that spend more than half of their total budget in Massachusetts or film at least half the time in the state are eligible for a 25 percent production credit and a sales tax exemption, with the same $50,000 minimum in-state spend mentioned above.
Founded in 2011, this year marks the 8th annual awards program for the critics group. GAFCA is made up of 32 film critics from around the state, representing print, television, radio and online media.
COE professor Regina Rahimi, Ed.D., explained that the film highlights topics that are relevant for teachers, principals, parents and others working with today’s youth.
MomoCon is one of the fastest growing “all ages” conventions in the country, with more than 38,000 unique and 110,000 turnstile visitors expected in 2019. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, Comics and Gaming (Video, Tabletop, LARP) will celebrate their passion with hours of panels and sessions.
The film industry brought in about $900 million for North Carolina from 2012-14, according to Zapple, and about $500 million for New Hanover County.
In his role as a professor of practice at the Creative Media Industries Institute, James Martin teaches Georgia State University students how to use the latest hardware and software to create 3-D, real-time animation.
Most parties, especially at the beginning of a relationship, rarely think about potential litigation that could happen down the road. This is especially true in the entertainment industry where agreements are mostly handshake or oral.
We sat down with Chris Escobar recently and he explained that they are as “independent as the films they show.” He walks us through the organization and some of the misperceptions people have of what they do.
“A 2017 study of Louisiana’s system found that film tax credits cost the state $282.6 million in 2016 and generated $63.2 million in taxes. That was a net loss of more than $200 million.”
In January 2018, the MPAA joined Netflix in an amicus brief in the California Court of Appeal in support of FX, warning that upholding the Superior Court’s decision denying FX’s anti-SLAPP motion would seriously chill artistic freedom and public discourse.
Think of some of the most jaw-dropping scenes and sequences you’ve ever seen. Chances are, a number of them were only made possible by wide shots.