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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‘Deliverance’ Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Oct 9, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Deliverance Filmed in Georgia

Released in 1972, ‘Deliverance’ is a thriller starring Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds. The film is based on the 1970 novel of the same name that was written by James Dickey. The screenplay was written by Dickey as well as an un-credited, John Boorman, who also directed the film. The film follows Lewis Medlock (played by Burt Reynolds) as he and his friends go on a river-rafting trip along the Cahulawassee River before it’s turned into one huge lake. The trip ends up being one that they won’t soon forget, as the urban men find themselves among the hostiles of the wild and the backwoods inhabitants they come across. The film was set in Georgia and was also mostly filmed in Georgia.

In Rabun County, Georgia, much of ‘Deliverance’ was filmed in and along the Chattooga River, which played the fictional, Cahulawassee River in the movie. In 2012, the area held a festival to raise conservation awareness of the river. The festival was also to commemorate the 40 year anniversary of the film. While many people think the film was one of the best things to happen to the area, others were left thinking the opposite. Some people were not pleased with the way that the area natives were portrayed in the film. The river defines the state border with South Carolina and flows into Lake Tugaloo. The section of the river that was used during filming is roughly the 10-mile stretch south from Earl’s Ford Road, and runs beneath Highway 76, Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway and to Lake Tugaloo.

Scenes from ‘Deliverance’ were also filmed at Tallulah Gorge, which is downstream from Tallulah Falls. Located at 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd in Tallulah Falls, Georgia, the gorge is a couple miles west of Tugaloo Lake and is about two miles long. It is 1,000 feet deep and includes hiking trails and several overlooks. Tallulah Gorge is just southeast of Clayton, Georgia. One of the scenes filmed here is when of one of the characters scaling a cliff in order to confront some of the “inbred” inhabitants.

‘Deliverance’ was the highest grossing film of 1972. It was very well received by critics and received three Academy Award nominations, which were for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Film Editing. In 2008, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. It was selected based on being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

‘Deliverance’ is currently available on both Blu-ray and DVD.

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How To Host A PTA Outdoor Movie Night

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Oct 8, 2014 Under Tips

How To Host A Pta Outdoor Movie Night

Movies are a language that every generation speaks. From granddad to junior, the silver screen makes a wonderful focal point of a fundraising event. Hosting a movie outdoors, at nighttime, on a huge screen steps things up a notch: it transforms a movie into an event! With an outdoor movie night, everyone is entertained, food and refreshments go hand-in-hand with a film, and having it outdoors adds an element of fun that kids and adults enjoy.

If your PTA is planning to host one of these fun outdoor movie nights, there are a few tricks of the trade to consider to make certain that things run smoothly:

LOCATION
There are a host of places you can host your outdoor movie night. Fields, courtyards, and parking lots are all big, empty spaces that you can reserve for your event, making them prime realty. As with anything else in life, there are benefits to each, and there are also things to consider.

First, let’s consider the essentials: Electricity and bathroom access are the top two things that you need to take into account for an outdoor movie night. You need electricity to show the movie, and you need electricity if you plan to have a concession stand. Your audience is definitely going to need a bathroom; if you don’t have access to an indoor bathroom, you can always rent a porta potty for your audience. If that’s not an option, take that as a sign that you need to select a different location.

Second, let’s consider the impact location can have on people: location sets the mood. A majority of the allure of going to an outdoor movie is being outdoors. The surroundings help make or break a movie-going experience. If you’re setting up in a courtyard or parking lot, either provide chairs or cushions for your audience to sit on. Fields make for a softer seating arrangement—but not if it’s a minefield of rocks. Watch out for insect nests and animal burrows when selecting your location.

Comfortableness is what helps an outdoor movie night shine in the memories of those who attend. Having bathroom access, somewhere comfortable to sit, and an overall pleasant experience is what will encourage them to come back next year when the PTA hosts another annual film under the stars.

EQUIPMENT
You can’t show a movie without a screen, a projector, and a sound system. Not all of these things are made equal; be sure that your equipment is up to the job. With your screen, check wind ratings, know how close it can be to water, and consider the start time of your showing. If you need to start your film before the sun sets to accommodate young children, it takes a higher end screen system to be able to do a quality show before it’s completely dark out. There are even inflatable screens without noisey blowers, which Southern Outdoor Cinema specializes in.

Beyond the mechanical equipment, you need to select a movie to show at your outdoor PTA shindig. This category of “equipment” is the determining factor in how well your event goes and whether or not your audience walks away wanting to come back next year. It is important that you pick something that will keep adults and kids alike interested. Thankfully, there is an entire branch of the film industry dedicated to creating family films. Use ratings and recommendations from your equipment provider as a guide when selecting the movie for the night.

If concessions are part of your plan for the event, you’ll also need to gather equipment for a concession stand, whether it be in a tent or shed or vehicle. Popcorn is a movie classic, but you can also serve other fun things at your outdoor movie night. For the ambitious, you might gear your concessions towards the film you’re showing! Or, you might match your food to the season: for fall film showings, consider hot chocolate, apple cider, apples with caramel, and kettle corn.

SPONSORS
Whether you need to do fundraising to have your movie event, or you’re having a movie event as a fundraiser, a great way to generate some profit is to run sponsors’ ads on the big screen before and after show time. Not only does it work at selling their product and promoting their business for them, but it also gives the audience something to watch before the movie begins.

If you have a concession stand at your event, you could use it as another advertising opportunity for a sponsor. If one of your sponsors is already in the food business, you could transform your concession stand into an outpost for their cuisine for the evening, giving them publicity and stepping up your concessions for the night.

You can also think about putting your sponsors’ logos on invitations for the event, on napkins and cups from the concession stand, and on tickets for the event itself, if you choose to have tickets. If you’re feeling extra creative, sponsors could have their logos emblazoned on seat cushions to hand out so that the audience is extra comfortable for the feature film!

MOVIE LICENSE
You know that part of the dvd you can’t fast forward through at the start of every movie? That FBI warning is letting you know that there are rules you need to follow when you are showing a movie in public. In other words, a public performance license needs to be purchased from the film studio or you will face a large fine: up to $250,000 or up to five years in jail. While there is specific criteria that you can meet to avoid these fines, one of the easiest ways to handle this detail for your outdoor movie event is to hire a professional outdoor movie event equipment provider. Southern Outdoor Cinema takes care of the legal aspect of the movie license so that you don’t have to.

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“Let It Go” With A Frozen Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 6, 2014 Under Event Productions

Disney’s Frozen took the world by ice storm, making Frozen themed Outdoor Movie Nights a popular pick this year at events in parks and at elementary schools. Movies have the magic to create their own environment in the mind of the viewers, but sometimes it’s fun to add to the experience and decorate the venue to complement the film. Here at Southern Outdoor Cinema, we learned a few tricks and treats to hosting Frozen nights. Adding props, actors, and fun activities bring it to life for the audience so that they can sit back and let it go with Elsa, Anna, Sven, Kristoff, and Olaf.

Decorate your Disney Frozen movie night with blue and white balloons

Before the audience reaches their seats, you can start setting the mood by assembling a blue and white balloon arch at the venue entrance. Balloon arches are the marker of a whimsical time, and blue and white hearken to the chilly atmosphere of Frozen. Decorations are everything: Christmas trees and Christmas lights around the screen transform any open field or parking lot into a frosty retreat of movie magic. You can purchase glittery swatches of cottony, fake snow to wrap around the trunks of your trees to make them feel like they’re in a wintery forest; you could decorate around the balloon arch with it as well. To help the audience experience select moments in the film as it plays, you can rent a snow machine and blast flakes during any of the snow scenes.

Rent a snow machine for a Frozen Outdoor  Movie Event

If you have a concession stand at your event, use it to reflect the wintertime feel of the movie. Hot chocolate and apple cider are snowy season favorites. Carmel corn could stand in for traditional movie popcorn, and you can sprinkle it with some powdered sugar to mimic snow and add to the enchantment. If you have the budget, you could expand on powered sugar treats by offering funnel cakes at your event. Incorporate some Norwegian favorites, like lefse, to bring a bit of Norwegian-inspired Arendelle to your event. Don’t forget that you can decorate your concession stand with wintery items too! Fake snow, Christmas trees, and Christmas lights are great here as well, not just up by your screen!

Now that you’ve turned your environment into something befitting an Ice Queen, what better way to invigorate a movie than to transform the characters from Frozen into real people? Having actors dressed as Elsa and Anna at your event (maybe even Olaf and Kristoff, and if you’re ambitious and have a reindeer on hand, Sven!) is sure to be a hit. Pairing them with a photo booth—you can use cardboard standees from the movie to make one—is a great way to offer a priceless photo op for adults and kids alike. Stock your photo booth with hats, gloves, and scarves to add to the fun and the authenticity of the scene. To expand your Frozen themed activities, you can have and ice fishing game for little kids, pin the tail on the reindeer, and a snow globe creation station.

Add an Olaf standee to your Disney Frozen Photobooth at your outdoor movie event.

Lastly, because everyone already knows the words, encourage every to sing along during their favorite scenes. If Elsa and Anna are visiting for your outdoor movie night, they could lead everyone in a sing-a-long before the outdoor movie start.

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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 outdoor movie event.

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