Creative Ways to Raise Money For Your Outdoor Movie Night

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Aug 28, 2013 Under Tips

Outdoor Movie - Atlanta If you are considering an outdoor movie event at your school this year, there will be some planning involved to make the event a success. You will, of course, need to choose an equipment provider, select a movie, pick a date and a location, and get the word out to students and parents about the event, but what about paying for your movie night? Coming up with the money to fund special events is always an issue for PTA and PTO groups. Here are some creative ideas to fund a special outdoor movie night at your elementary school.

1. Pre-sell Meals

A Friday night movie night at school can be a great bonding experience for students and their families, but busy schedules can make it difficult for some families to attend. Parents coming home from work, turning around and coming right back out to the school for the movie event will not have time to make dinner. Offering pizza or hot dog packages is a great way to encourage more families to attend and to raise money for event production costs.

2. Silent Auctions

A silent auction, featuring items donated by local businesses, is a fun way to involve the community in your event and raise money. Many local business will be happy to support the school and will welcome the advertising opportunity. The silent auction table also offers something for parents to do before the movie begins.

3. On-Screen Sponsor Ads

You can also offer local businesses the opportunity to purchase on-screen advertisement space. Before the movie starts, show ads of the participating businesses, just like in the movie theater. Family-friendly restaurants, children and family activity centers, and local stores where parents and families might shop are good choices when it comes to selecting businesses for on-screen advertisements.

Family events are important for creating a positive school atmosphere. Young children like bringing their parents to school, showing them around and introducing them to their friends. Putting on special events takes money, though, and it can sometimes be difficult to raise the money needed to cover the costs of extra school events. These creative ideas for covering outdoor movie event production costs are a good place to start. Raising money in ways that can also increase convenience for families, like selling meals for the event, is a win-win. Use these ideas as a starting point and take your school’s families and culture into consideration as you decide what will work best at your school.

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‘Identity Thief’ starring Jason Bateman Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Aug 22, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

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“Identity Thief,” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, joins the long list of movies filmed in Georgia. The movie is about a man, Sandy, who is tricked by a woman named Diana, who is experienced at stealing identities. When Sandy finds out his identity has been stolen he decides to track Diana down himself and get her to Denver, where she can be prosecuted.

Filming takes place in several Georgia counties, including Telfair County, which recently earned the honor of being called a Camera Ready Community by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Telfair County is among more than 130 other Georgia communities that now hold this title. The Ocmulgee River Bridge, located in Telfair and Jeff Davis Counties, was used for filming, along with Highway 19 in nearby Wheeler County. Telfair County earned the Camera Ready distinction shortly before the filming of “Identity Theft.” Being Camera Ready is good for the local community as well as production companies that choose to film in that area. Local resources and location information is more readily available for productions companies and the local community benefits when business is brought into the area during filming.

Conyers, which is located approximately 30 miles from Atlanta, was also used for filming “Identity Thief.” The downtown area was transformed into a movie set and many locals enjoyed observing the action. Just a few miles away, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Rockdale, more filming took place. Rockdale has been a popular filming location, with scenes from “Trouble With the Curve,” “American Reunion,” and “Teen Wolf” also filmed there.

The Georgian Terrace, which was the location for the premier gala for “Gone With the Wind” back in the 1930′s, makes an appearance in “Identity Theft” as well. The beautiful Georgian Terrace Hotel was built more than 100 years ago and has served as a location for many important events. One of the stars in “Identity Thief,” Jason Bateman, had previously been to this location for filming the movie “The Change-Up” and returned for the filming of “Identity Thief.”

Atlanta is used in place of Denver in this film. In addition to the locations already mentioned, The 191 Peachtree Building, the Colonnade Restaurant, and the Perimeter Mall make appearances in the movie.

The film industry in Georgia is thriving and this is having a positive and important impact on the Georgia economy. With the number of television shows and movies being filmed in Georgia growing and the filming of high profile movies like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” taking place in Georgia, it seems the film industry here will only continue to grow and succeed.

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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Movie Filmed in Atlanta

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Aug 15, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

The-Hunger-Games-Catching-Fire-Trailer The “Hunger Games” movie trilogy follows the very successful “Hunger Games” books. The second movie, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” is set to premiere in November of 2013 and it is highly anticipated. The first movie, “The Hunger Games,” was filmed in North Carolina. “The Hunger Games” enjoyed huge success and the state of North Carolina certainly benefited from having the movie filmed there. Atlanta, Georgia was chosen for filming the second movie, and the addition of this high profile film to the list of movies and television shows filmed in Georgia is a big win for Georgia and the growing local film industry.

The Atlanta History Center Swan House is a well-known and frequently photographed Atlanta landmark. The beautiful Swan House serves as the sight for the Capitol party scene in “Catching Fire.”

The rustic buildings at the Goat Farm Arts Center, also located in Atlanta, offer the perfect look for scenes in one of the rural districts. The stage for the reaping was built there as well. This abandoned goat farm, turned successful arts center, boasts a rich history, dating back to the 1890′s when the property served as a cotton gin factory. Today the Goat Farm Arts Center features studio space for many artists and hosts artistic events such as concerts and dance performances. The filming for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was not the first film experience for the Goat Farm Arts Center; the popular television series, “The Walking Dead,” has also used this location or filming.

“The Beach” at Clayton County International Park will be used as parts of the arena for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The man-made water park is known as “The Beach” because it was built and used for beach volleyball during the 1996 Olympics. Filming in Clayton county is giving the local economy a much needed boost. Recently, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “Scary Movie 5,” and other movies and television shows have been filmed in Clayton County. The use of this Clayton County location for filming the newest “Hunger Games” movie brings even more attention to this small film-friendly town.

Finally, there is the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Filming took place here and fans speculate that the scenes filmed at the speedway might have been ones that took place at the Capitol.

Fans of “The Hunger Games” are anxiously awaiting the release of this movie in November. Local fans are anxious to see if their predictions for what scenes were filmed where are correct and to pick out familiar locations as they watch. If you live near Atlanta or you are familiar with the area, pay close attention as you watch “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” this fall because there is a good chance you will notice some familiar locations.

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National Lampoon Family Vation

Summer is here and for many families that means it is time for an annual family vacation. Nice weather and a break from time commitments like school make summer a great day to enjoy some time away with the family. Gather your family and watch one of these five family vacation movies before you begin your own journey.

1. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION
“National Lampoon’s Vacation” is a must-see family vacation movie. Clark Griswold has planned the perfect vacation for his family. They plan to travel form Chicago, where they live, to the Wally World theme park in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Clark’s careful planning and good intentions are not enough to keep their vacation on track. They run into trouble and keep viewers laughing the entire way.

2. RV
“RV” is another vacation movie where the family gets into trouble as they travel across the country. Bob Munro plans to take his family to Hawaii, but a work commitment causes a change in plans. Rather than let his family know, he decides to incorporate his work commitment into the vacation and rent an RV for his family vacation. A lack of RV experience and some bad attitudes in the Munro family create a recipe for disaster and many laughs in this movie.

3. CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2
In “Cheaper By the Dozen 2,” Tom and Kate Baker plan a final family vacation for their large family as their oldest children get ready to move away and on with their lives. The family finds themselves in competition with the family of Tom’s old rival, Jimmy Murtaugh. By the end of the movie the two families find a way to get along, and the Baker’s come to terms with the changes they are going through.

4. GUILT TRIP
“Guilt Trip” is about an ambitious young inventor, Andy Brewster and his relationship with his mother. He is focusing all of his energy into getting his invention, a natural cleaning product, into a retail store. Andy visits his mother before embarking on a long trip and decides to invite her along for the ride. He tells his mother he wants to spend time with her, but he secretly plans to reunite his mother with a long-lost love. The relationship between Andy and his mother is entertaining, with Andy trying to get his over-bearing mother to back-off and his mother constantly pushing back. We are reminded how important family is in this movie.

5. THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Chet and Connie plan a fun vacation for their family in the movie “The Great Outdoors.” Unfortunately, their plans change when Connie’s sister, Kate, and her husband, Roman, show up with their two children. Chet and Roman, in particular, cannot get along. Roman and Chet are forced to come together to help Roman’s girls when they get into danger. Sometimes families have a hard time getting along, but coming together when it matters the most is what is important.

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Made in Georgia: Church Produces Hit Films

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Aug 8, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

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There has been a lot of talk about made in Georgia movies lately. Many well-known movies have been filmed in Georgia over the past several years. Four successful made in Georgia movies were produced by a unique production company, Sherwood Pictures, a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church. Sherwood Pictures, located in Albany, Georgia, has been involved in this made in Georgia trend since 2003 when the movie “Flywheel” was released.

Alex Kendrick founded Sherwood Pictures, and, with the help of his brother, Stephen Kendrick, produced four successful Christian films between 2003 and 2011. The first movie, “Flywheel,” is about an untrustworthy businessman who is struggling with his business and customers as well as his family. He turns to God and turns his life around by the end of the movie. This movie was produced on a very small budget, but still managed to earn more than $37,000 in theaters. In addition, several hundred thousand copies of the DVD have been sold.

Facing the Giants,” released in 2006, is the story of a struggling high school football coach. When he turns to God he is able to overcome his professional and personal problems. This movie was also shot on a small budget, in fact real high school football teams were used for filming.

The movie “Fireproof” also features a man struggling in his life. In this case a firefighter, Caleb Holt, is struggling in his marriage. With the threat of divorce, his father leads Caleb to God through a book and Caleb and his wife are able to save their marriage with the help of God.

Courageous” was the most successful as well the most expensive film to produce for Sherwood Pictures. In “Courageous,” a group of police officers seek the help of God to become better parents.

All four of these films feature a similar main theme: men seeking and receiving God’s help in their personal and professional lives. With each movie the small production company enjoyed increased success. Although Sherwood pictures started with very small budgets, especially for the first film, “Flywheel,” the movies have earned a large amount at the box office when compared to their budgets.

Sherwood Baptist Church benefited financially from this venture, and Alex and Stephen Kendrick benefited professionally. The pair recently announced that they would be separating from Sherwood Pictures to form their own, independent production company, Kendrick Brothers Productions. The Kendrick brothers will continue producing Christian films and the two remain members and associate pastors at Sherwood Baptist Church.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema takes the stress and guess work out of hosting a movie theater-quality event outdoors and under the stars. Southern Outdoor Cinema doesn’t just rent movie screen equipment, but instead we share nearly a decade of movie event production experience with our clients to help them produce outdoor movie nights that are extraordinary. For a free consultation contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com

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