Fall-o-ween and An Outdoor Movie

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 Under Event Productions

Fall-o-ween and an outdoor movie in Kennesaw

Once the air turns cooler and the leaves begin to fall, many parks and recreation departments start planning their annual fall festivals and Halloween parties. The challenge is to not only make the event fun for all ages, but to make it a memorable one. Several towns are adding an outdoor movie to their event line up in order to do just that.

Choosing a scary film or monster movie can be the perfect ending to a fun filled day of games, activities, and trick-or-treating. Families can gather with their friends and neighbors for a safe and memorable Halloween evening that can be enjoyed by all.

An Atlanta suburb recently decided to add an outdoor movie to their annual fall activities. They started by turning the local park into a Spook Park. Next they invited area residents to come and enjoy the day with friends and family. Everyone was encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes to add to the excitement.

Star Wars look-a-likes

On the day of the big event, people arrived in some pretty amazing costumes. The Spook Park was soon filled with princess, ghouls, super heroes, and even some favorite characters from the movies and television. Costumes ranged from the cute to the scary. Guests were rewarded for their efforts with costume prizes every 30 minutes. Judges dressed as zombies roamed around the dance floor during the Monster Mash Dance Party picking out their favorites.

Outdoor dance floor

Along with the dance party there were plenty of other activities, inflatables, and amusements to enjoy. Carnival games like the ring toss were set up throughout the park where both the young and old could test their skills. Children had a wonderful time burning off that extra energy as they played with all their friends. They could also join in the many children’s crafts available during the event.

What most of the kids were really excited about was the trick-or treat trail. This was a great way for the little ghosts and goblins to get their fill of Halloween candy. Parents loved that it was in a safe and friendly environment that took many of the typical worries away.

Costume Constest

What would a fall festival be without pumpkins? This event had plenty of impressive displays. Everyone got a chance to watch the professional carvers show off their talents as they created unique jack-o-lanterns to add to the decorations.

After all the dancing, game playing, and trick-or-treating, guests were ready for the much anticipated main attraction, an outdoor movie. Event planners chose Goonies which was perfect. It kept the Halloween theme going without being too scary for the little ones to attend. Everyone laid out their blankets or set up lawn chairs where they could sit and relax after a day of fun. The children settled down as they sifted through their candy and treats, and as the sun went down, the movie started.

Everyone who attended or even helped plan the event had a great time. Adding the outdoor movie was a great way to draw attention to the fall festival and all the other activities going on in the park that day. Best of all, watching the Goonies under the stars surrounded by family and friends will be a memory none of these people will soon forget.

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5 Movies to Watch to get in the Spirit of Halloween

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 27, 2014 Under Movie Articles

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Halloween is a time for ghosts and ghouls to come out and play, and of all of the holidays that are celebrated each year, it could very well have the most movies perfect for watching on this all too scary occasion. Here are 5 of the top picks that can be watched to get in the Halloween spirit this year.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of the Pumpkin King who everyone in Halloweenland knows as Jack Skellington, and his sudden change of heart. Jack has always been a ghoulish kind of guy, but all of that changes the moment that he finds Christmastown one day. It seems as though Jack has a sudden urge to sing jingle all the way to his very own Christmas. But what will happen to Halloween? Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas to find the answer to that all too important question.

Monster House

Trick or treating on Halloween night is a fun time that children wait for the entire year through, but what if the answer at the door came in the form of a trick? Monster House is a movie about a house with soul, or one soul in particular, and it seems as though this Halloween the trick is on every child that approaches the door. DJ Harvard (voice of Mitchel Musso) lives directly across the street from one of the spookiest houses on the block, but worse than that would be the fact that the house is alive. The soul of an angry individual looking for payback has taken over the once peaceful dwelling, and has been waiting for the one night of the year that will bring a bountiful supply of children to the door. DJ tries to tell the adults about the trouble that lies ahead but nobody seems to have the time to listen, so he clues his two best friends, Jenny (Spencer Locke) and Chowder (Sam Lerner) in on his plan, and their long and spooky night together begins.

ParaNorman

When an evil curse, that has been around for hundreds of years, begins affecting the residents in town, it is a boy named Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who comes to the rescue. The only way to break the curse is to go directly to the source, and Norman has the ability to do just that. He can speak to the not-so-living which is exactly what the townspeople need since the curse involves getting rid of witches, and ghosts. What Norman isn’t prepared for is having to deal with all of the grownups in town, but if he can handle the unliving, the living shouldn’t be a problem, right? Watch ParaNorman and enjoy an animated film with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to your seat on Halloween night this year.

Frankenweenie

What do you get when you combine the original style of black and white filming, the cool graphics of 3D animation, a classic movie like Frankenstein, the death of a family pet, and a young boy with a higher IQ than anyone else in town. Well, you get Frankenweenie, of course. Frankenweenie tells the story of Victor, a boy who loses his best friend, and dog, Sparky one day unexpectedly. Victor is a smart boy and he manages to use his scientific knowledge to bring Sparky back from the dead. While Sparky would seem to be alive, he has a few physical blemishes that warrant keeping him away from everyone else. But Sparky gets away, and word gets out that Victor can give neighborhood pets a second chance at life, but with monstrous consequences. Frankenweenie takes the classic story of Frankenstein and gives it a fun, 3D, animated twist.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus begins in the town of Salem, 300 years ago, and tells the story of three witches who are captured, and put to death, for practicing witchcraft. The three witches make a promise just before they are executed. They vow to to return from the dead, on Halloween, in exactly 300 years to take revenge for their deaths. Now fast forward to present day Salem. Max is an individual full of doubts, who pays a visit to the ruins where the witches had once lived. Despite his sister’s many warnings, Max decides to play a dangerous game and mocks the witches, and their vow. He even goes a step further and lights the Candle of Black Flame as part of the ritual meant to bring them back from the dead. The only problem is that the ritual works, and the witches return from the dead. The witches set out to wreak havoc on the townspeople, but lose their spell book in the process. They must now refocus their attention towards retrieving the spell book before the sun comes up if they are to save the sorceress from death by the morning light.

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‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Oct 23, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

What To Expect When You're Expecting Filmed in Georgia

The 2012 film, ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ follows five couples as they go through the surprises and life changes that are brought about with having a baby. The film has a variety of stars, including Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid, Matthew Morrison and Chris Rock. The film was inspired by the New York Times bestseller of the same name that was written by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. The movie was set in Atlanta, Georgia. Besides a scene filmed in South Africa, the rest of the film was also shot in Atlanta.

There are several outdoor park scenes in the film. All of these scenes were filmed in either Piedmont Park or Inman Park. Both parks host scenes where many of the film’s men have their weekly “dude’s group” walks. (These weekly meetings are where the men can vent about their wives and the goings-on in their lives). The Woodruff Arts Center is the seen during a scene where two characters park their food trucks before having a late night picnic in Piedmont Park. Some of the areas actual food trucks are seen throughout other park scenes as well. Another couple in the movie also appear in a scene where they have a picnic, as well as watch an outdoor movie. This was filmed at Piedmont Park. Also visible on-screen from Piedmont Park is the 14th St. gate, stone steps and the soccer fields.

During the film, several other Atlanta landmarks are also very visible. The Georgia Aquarium is where one of the characters spends most of her time as a freelance photographer. The aquarium, therefore, gets some good shots featured in the film. At Little Five Points, which is famous for some of it’s shops and restaurants, one of the characters owns a baby store. Chops Lobster Bar at 70 West Paces Ferry Road in the northwest Atlanta area, was the filming location for one of the restaurant scenes that featured actors Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Banks. Other Atlanta locations that can be seen in the film are, Smith’s Olde Bar, the office building Perkins & Will, the High Museum of Art, and the Fulton County Airport at Charlie Brown Field.

The filming of both movies and hit TV shows in Georgia continues to flourish. 2014 will bring huge films such as ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ and ‘Need For Speed’ to the theaters, which were both filmed in Georgia. With big studios steadily bringing their big-budget films to the state, the attraction to Georgia should only continue to grow throughout the industry.

‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ also stars Joe Manganiello, Chase Crawford, Anna Kendrick and Brooklyn Decker. It is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Filmed in Georgia: Killers

‘Killers’ is a 2010 action romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. The movie is about a young woman, Jen (played by Heigl) who meets the love of her life, Spencer (played by Kutcher) after going through a bad break-up. Three years into their relationship, the now married couple is living as blissful newlyweds when Jen discovers that Spencer is actually an assassin who now has a multi-million dollar bounty on his head. The couple flee for their lives as the chase is on. The film is directed by Robert Luketic who also directed Heigl in ‘The Ugly Truth’, and is best known for directing ‘Legally Blonde’. ‘Killers’ was mostly filmed in Georgia and parts of the movie are also set in Georgia.

The Tributary neighborhood in Douglasville, Georgia was used for several scenes in the movie. Tributary is a large neighborhood that is right next door to Sweetwater Creek State Park. Among Tributary’s several attributes are dozens of parks, a tennis center, a basketball court, a fitness center, and its own private mountain biking trail. Tributary is also located only 20 minutes from Midtown. For the filming of ‘Killers’, one of the homes was used to portray the new home of Jen and Spencer after they got married. A block party scene was also filmed in the neighborhood, as well as several action sequences.

Much of the films production and some filming was done at Riverwood Studios. Riverwood Studios is now known as Raleigh Studios Atlanta and is located at 600 Chestlehurst Road in Senoia. The studio is about 25 minutes south of Atlanta. They have four soundstages that are used by both the film and television industries. The studio has several other features that attract film and television including a screening room, storage and office space, dressing and make-up rooms and several productions services. The huge hit television show, ‘The Walking Dead’ has also filmed at Raleigh Studios and the surrounding town of Senoia.

Other filming locations for ‘Killers’ include neighborhoods in Woodstock, Marietta Square in Marietta, and Atlanta.

In 2008, the Governor of Georgia signed the Entertainment Industry Investment Act which provides tax incentives of up to 30% to companies that choose to do filming in Georgia. Not surprisingly, this has brought many big-budget films, such as ‘Killers’, and hit television shows to the southern state. The states revenue from the film and television industry since 2008 is well into the billions.

‘Killers’ received lukewarm reviews for both the film’s story and the lack of chemistry between Heigl and Kutcher. The film also stars Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara. It is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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5 Movies to Watch About Traveling on Columbus Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 13, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Traveling

Columbus Day typically falls on the second Monday of October and is a day commemorating Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the New World. There are several fantastic movies perfect for watching on Columbus Day and here are just a few of them.

Rio

Blu is one of the rarest birds alive that can’t fly. In fact, he is the last of his kind. At least that’s what Blu’s owner Linda thinks until she finds out otherwise. It seems as though Blu really isn’t the last of his breed of rare Macaws and there is actually a female counterpart to Blu living in Rio de Janeiro. Linda and Blu pack up and jump on a flight to look for the female Macaw only to get kidnapped by animal smugglers soon after arriving in Rio. Blu is able to escape the kidnappers but only after being helped by his new friend Jewel, and a few extravagant city birds. Blu is forced to do the one thing that he has never been able to do, fly. This is the only way that he will be able to get completely away from the smugglers, and is the only way back to the best friend he has ever had, Linda.

The Bucket List

The Bucket List is the story of a bond that is forged between a couple of cancer patients living in the final stages of their disease. Morgan Freeman is Carter Chambers, a nobody mechanic who has yet to truly live life to its fullest and Jack Nicholson is Edward Cole, a corporate billionaire who has always had his eyes set on the wrong prize. The unlikely pair is now sharing a hospital room, suffering through what could very well be their very last days, when they begin talking about all of the things that they never had a chance to do. Carter and Edward put together what they call their “bucket list”, or list of out-of-this-world things that they would love to do if they had the chance to do them. And then they realize, what better time then the present which is the exact moment that they grab their things, break out of the hospital and begin eliminating items from their list. What begins as a long list of wild and crazy events turns out to be the beginning of a short, yet meaningful friendship between the two.

Mamma Mia

Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is finally getting married and would like nothing more than to have her father walk her down the aisle and hand her off to her new husband. The only problem is that Sophie doesn’t know who her real father is. Sophie’s mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), put everything she had into raising her daughter alone, while still running a successful hotel on a little Greek island. Now Donna is losing her little girl and has no idea just what Sophie will go through to get her wish. While mom is busy inviting a couple of old friends to the wedding (Julie Walters and Christine Baranski), Sophie is busy narrowing mom’s male friends down to the 3 final, would-be father, candidates who will be invited as well. Watch as Sophie comes to terms with the possibility of never meeting her true father while Donna relives a series of romances that have been all but dead for 20 years.

Into the Wild

Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) has just graduated from Emory University in Atlanta when he decides that the time has come to become one with nature. He disconnects himself from everyone and everything, and sends his entire life savings to Oxfam International just before leaving for Alaska. While the plan is to end up in Alaska, the journey there takes several unexpected turns. Chris begins by heading west in his rundown car, and drives until it dies at which time he begins hitchhiking his way to his final destination. Not having the cash he started out with proves to prolong Chris’ quest, but it is the determination of a man with a plan that puts Chris on the right path, and in Alaska in the end.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Brad Pitt takes the leading role in this film following the life of Benjamin Button, a man born an 80 year old living his life in reverse. Benjamin is born in New Orleans immediately following World War I, and he is unlike anyone else alive. He is literally born an old man growing younger with each passing birthday. Watch as Benjamin faces challenges that no other individual has ever been forced to face in life.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next special event.

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