‘Contagion’ Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Sep 18, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Contagion Filmed in Georgia

‘Contagion’ is a 2011 thriller that was directed by Steven Soderbergh. (‘Erin Brokovich’ and ‘Magic Mike’ are just two of his many other credits). The film uses a multi-narrative style to tell the story of a highly lethal virus that has become a pandemic. The film follows health officials and medical researchers as they face the challenge of getting the virus under control, and fight to create a vaccine. The film also follows various characters who have been affected by the virus. ‘Contagion’ includes a slew of A-list actors in its ensemble cast, including, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotilliard, Bryan Cranston, and Jude Law. There were multiple filming locations for the movie, including some time spent filming in and around Atlanta, Georgia.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention plays a big role in ‘Contagion’, as the team of Doctors who are trying to contain the disease work out of the building. The production company was actually able to film at the real Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (the CDC,) which is located in the Druid Hills area of Atlanta. The CDC is a highly restricted area, so only the exterior of the building could be accessed and used for shots in the movie. The parking garage and the reception area for the CDC’s onsite museum can also be seen in the movie. Several extras were used for shooting at the CDC, especially for a scene that included a mob of panicked citizens outside of the building. Some of Georgia’s National Guard members were used for this scene as well. They were used along with police officers to hold back the concerned, protesting crowd. Fake tv reporters and military vehicles also littered the set for this scene. Actor, Laurence Fishburne was on hand for many of the scenes shot at the CDC. Many onlookers who were there when Fishburne was shooting his scenes were able to catch some of the action. While filming at the CDC, roads had to be closed off which caused traffic issues in the area.

Some filming also took place in downtown Atlanta while the cast and crew of ‘Contagion’ were in Georgia.

‘Contagion’ debuted at number one at the box office on its opening weekend. The film was met with mostly positive reviews by both critics and audiences. The science of the film was also praised for being a relatively accurate portrayal.

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

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What You Need To Know Before Planning A Fall Outdoor Movie Event.

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Sep 17, 2014 Under Tips

Fall is an excellent time of year for an outdoor movie.

Even though summer is over, the outdoor fun doesn’t have to come to an end. Fall is a wonderful time of year to host an outdoor movie event. These events can make any school function or fall festival a memorable occasion. With a little special planning, this outdoor movie can be just as fun and comfortable as a summer event.

Set the Scene for Fall

As the host, you can take full advantage of the smell of autumn air by giving everyone in your community a reason to come out and enjoy it along with the beautiful view of the colored leaves. Hay bales serve double duty as both extra seating and the perfect harvest time decoration. Don’t forget to use the in season apples and pumpkins to create points of interest or to simply scatter about for effect.

Keep Everyone Warm and Comfortable

No one’s going to enjoy themselves if they are more focused on staying warm then watching the movie. Because the days are still quite warm, you as the event planner may not have thought about how autumn nights will affect your outdoor movie night and your guest’s viewing experience.

Once the sun goes down and it’s dark outside, the ground can become hard and cold. Temperatures will continue to drop as the evening progresses. You also have a better chance of the ground becoming wet during fall nights than you do during the summer. Unless you’re prepared, this can turn your outdoor movie event into a wet and cold viewing experience. This is when the children will begin to fuss, making it hard for families to enjoy themselves.

Fall outdoor movie planning

Timing is Everything

While your guests will bring along their blankets, coats, and gloves to the event, the chill of the night can overcome them. This makes it uncomfortable for them to watch a movie on into the night. You can help prevent this by choosing to have your movie event earlier in the evening.

When picking an equipment provider for your movie night, it is important to know what time the main feature will start. A majority of equipment providers, especially those who are DJs, cannot start projecting your movie onto their inflatable screens until it is completely dark out.

Choose a Professional Company

A professional company like Southern Outdoor Cinema can start pre-movie projection at least 40 to 60 minutes before dark with the actual main attraction beginning right at sundown. Having a head start on the evening in this way will place the majority of the outdoor movie event in the earlier evening hours when it is still a bit warmer and more comfortable. This makes for a more enjoyable experience for your guests.

With just a little careful planning, you will have created a fun and memorable fall experience that your guests will remember for years to come.

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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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‘For Colored Girls’ Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Sep 11, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

For Colored Girls Filmed in Georgia

‘For Colored Girls’ is a 2010 film that is based on a 1975 play by Ntozake Shange called, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. The film featured an ensemble cast and was written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. Some of the cast members include, Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington and Thandie Newton. The film explores the life and struggles of nine, interconnected women of color. ‘For Colored Girls’ is set in New York City but was mainly filmed in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tyler Perry has his own production studio, Tyler Perry Studios, that is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It was established in 2006 and has been at its current location since 2008. The facility is 200,000 square feet and located on 30 acres of land in the southwest area of Atlanta. It includes five sound stages, a 400-seat theater, a back lot, a post-production facility, a private screening room, and areas designated for special events. Several of Tyler Perry’s movies have been filmed here, including ‘For Colored Girls’. Under Tyler Perry Studios is 34th Street Films, which Perry uses for non-comedies and films he doesn’t write himself. ‘For Colored Girls’ was the first film released by 34th Street Films.

‘For Colored Girls’ also filmed at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and the Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital. The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy in northwest Atlanta. The Cobb Center is one of Atlanta’s premiere venues for concerts, Broadway shows, ballets, and operas. Corporate meetings and events are also frequently held here. The Cobb Center includes 1,000 parking spaces, a 10,000 square foot ballroom, and a 2,750-seat theater. Janet Jackson was on the set for the date scenes filmed at the Cobb Center. The Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital is located at 3215 McClure Bridge Road in Duluth. This hospital is a part of the Gwinnett Medical Center. An unused area of the Glancy campus was used for filming scenes in the movie.

The film received mostly mixed to negative reviews from critics, with a 32 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Though the cast was generally highly praised for their performances, the production of the film received heavy criticism by some movie critics. The movie debuted at number 3 at the box office back in November 2010, with 20.1 million dollars.

‘For Colored Girls’ is available on both Blu-ray and DVD.

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The Scariest Outdoor Movie Experience Ever

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Sep 9, 2014 Under Event Productions

The Scariest Outdoor Movie Experience Ever

Picture the sun setting on the bay as boaters and kayakers gather together for a fun filled evening while watching an outdoor movie with friends and family. The feature film was “Jaws.” They, like most of us, have seen this movie time and again, but it seemed like fun to watch once again. Everything was perfect until the sun went down and these guests found themselves right in the middle of the action. It was the scariest outdoor movie experience ever.

The stage was set for this unexpected turn of events by placing an inflatable outdoor movie screen on a helicopter barge. The barge was placed in the bay where all the boaters could get a good view of the main attraction. The other outdoor cinema equipment was boated out into the water along with a generator. The plan was to show the movie “Jaws” to all of the people who were coming. The outcome of the evening just goes to show how the location of an outdoor movie can make all the difference in the world.

As the day was coming to a close, boaters and kayakers began to arrive. Each was positioning themselves where they would be able to kick back and relax while enjoying the show. All were encouraged to have a great time and enjoy the water while watching. The sunset was beautiful as the theme song from “Jaws” began to play across the bay. The music grew in intensity and rumbled across the water in an eerie sort of way that truly began to set the scene for what guests could expect.

Boaters getting ready for a boat-in movie

Watching this well-known film took on a whole new meaning that evening. As everyone watched the movie unfold, they became very aware of being in the water themselves. The music continued to set everyone just a bit on edge. As the movie played on, it finally reached the intense shark scenes that it is so famous for. That’s when the thrills began.

A swimmer strapped on a shark fin while no one was paying attention and got in the water. They waited patiently for those terrifying scenes where Jaws comes exploding up out of the water towards the characters in film. This is when the swimmer made his rounds, scaring unsuspecting boaters as they noticed the fin circling about. Guests were left with the feeling that they had just been thrown into the movie itself.

As with any good scare, all were left laughing at themselves for how they reacted to the stunt. Friends and family teased one another, and everyone had a whopping tail to tell when they got home. By the end of the evening, all agreed that this was the scariest outdoor movie experience ever.

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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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‘Life as We Know It’ Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Sep 4, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Life As We Know It Filmed in Georgia

The romantic comedy-drama, ‘Life as We Know It’ was released in 2010 and stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. The movie is about two people, Holly and Eric, who were set up on a blind date by their best friends and end up hating each other almost instantly. After a few years, and after their best friends marry and have a child, the friends are killed in a car crash. Unbeknownst to Holly and Eric, they were named joint guardians of their friends’ daughter, Sophie. Putting their differences aside, the two move into Sophie’s home to take care of her. ‘Life as We Know It’ was both set in and filmed in Georgia.

In the film, both Holly and Eric have jobs that are frequently showcased throughout the movie. Holly owns a bakery called, Fraiche, in the film. The set for this bakery was at the Belly General Store at 772 North Highland Ave, which is northeast of downtown Atlanta. The production crew did have to make some changes to the store for filming purposes, but the owner was very flexible and allowed them to do what they needed. Eric’s job in the film is as a television technical sports director for the Atlanta Seahawks. The production company had been prepared to build a set to depict Eric’s job location, but Turner Broadcasting System, Inc allowed them to film at their location. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc is located at 1050 Techwood Dr in Atlanta. Filming was done in a production booth that included switchboards and monitors, among other production booth amenities, that allowed for a realistic setting. The NBA also stepped in and allowed real footage from a Seahawks game at Phillips Arena to be shot and used in the film. They also allowed access to the arena when it was empty, where they shot a pivotal scene for the character, Eric.

Some filming was also done in Norcross, Georgia and in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The wealthy, Atlanta neighborhood was the setting for the home of Sophie. This is the home Holly and Eric later move into in order to take care of Sophie. Several movies have used homes in Buckhead for filming locations, including ‘The Blind Side’ and ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’. The location is often used due to the spacious homes that allow for cameras and crews to easily get around.

‘Life as We Know It’ is currently available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema of Atlanta, creates extraordinary outdoor movie events that captures all the senses of their client’s audience while recreating the nostalgic feeling of a close knit community gathering. For a free event consultation contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com

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