Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels Filming Dumb And Dumber 2 In Atlanta

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Oct 24, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

Dumb and Dumber filming in Atlanta

For “Dumb and Dumber” fans, the news that a sequel, “Dumb and Dumber To,” is set to premier in 2014 is very exciting. However, the excitement about “Dumb and Dumber To” filming is not limited just to movie fans; residents of Atlanta, GA, and nearby Grantville are enjoying the benefits of this movie being filmed in their neighborhood.

“Dumb and Dumber To” is set to be released in the summer of 2014, 20 years after the release of the original “Dumb and Dumber” back in 1994. The Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter, wrote and directed the first film and will be working on the sequel as co-directors and co-producers. Lately, the film industry has been booming around Atlanta and the Farrelly brothers are familiar with the area as well. They shot “Hall Pass” and “The Three Stooges” in Atlanta.

A lot of filming for this movie is taking place in Cabbagetown, which is located on the East side of Atlanta. Making Cabbagetown look like Rhode Island for filming is a big task. The film crew has been hard at work transforming several blocks of Cabbagetown for use in the movie.

Several movies are filming around Atlanta this fall. “Dumb and Dumber To, ” “Mockingay,” the third movie in the “Hunger Games” series, and “Fast and Furious 7″ are all currently in the works in the Atlanta, GA area. Local residents seem to be enjoying the excitement and the economic benefits that come along with all of this movie action. Crew members and actors frequent local businesses during filming and locals are hired to work on the sets.

The film industry around Atlanta is taking off, and it is good news for local residents. When “Dumb and Dumber To” hits theaters in 2014, “Dumb and Dumber” and Farrelly brothers fans won’t be the only viewers who are especially excited to see this new movie; residents of Cabbagetown and Grantville will also enjoy a special connection with this film. If you live near one of these filming areas, be sure to pay close attention when watching “Dumb and Dumber To” and look for familiar places.

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How To Minimize Fear, Doubt And Worry When Hosting An Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 21, 2013 Under Tips

How to host an outdoor movie event

You’ve been put in charge of organizing an outdoor movie event for festival, school or church. You’ve never put on a event before and you don’t know where to start and that worries you. Someone else in your group has already approached sponsors to financially support your movie night and you need to impress them. You also fear that your audience will be disappointed with the event. Other thoughts creep into your head. Will the sound not be loud enough? Maybe you’re concerned that the wind will knock over the inflatable movie screen. There’s a lot to worry about when hosting a movie outdoors.

To minimize fear, doubt and worry during your outdoor night, you need to step back to the beginning of your planning process and start off with the right equipment provider. Here are several things an experienced outdoor movie provider can provide you to make your night stress free:

Experience to handle the tricky stuff
An equipment provider who specializes in outdoor movie productions will have weathered many challenges such as high winds, specialized tethering, unexpected thunder showers. They will have the professional experience to properly analyze almost any challenge that can occur. These full time companies will also determine ahead of time any unique challenges with your venue that will need to be considered. When renting an outdoor movie system from a professional full-time outdoor movie professional, they will have many events that they produce in a week and will have the expertise to make your event execute smoothly.

The right outdoor movie equipment for your special event
There are many companies today that are adding outdoor movies on to their existing business just to make a few extra dollars. When showing a flick outdoors is important to understand that not all projectors and inflatable movie screens will present a movie in the same way. For example a see-thru screen owned by many DJ’s will show objects in the background of the venue through the screen which is distract from the movie itself. To avoid this, ask the company you are considering for your family movie night what brand of equipment are they using. Ellite providers will use AISRSCREEN inflatable screens, which will WOW your audience with a bright and vibrant picture quality that can get your movie started before dark. There are only 2 other top brand screens on the market and they are Open Air Cinema and Epic. Showing a Flick outdoors is Fun by no-named brand or a custom blow up screens will have your guests sitting in the cold and dark waiting for the movie to start.

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Knows copyright laws for showing films outdoors
Ever seen the FBI warning at the beginning of a dvd? The part where you can’t forward the DVD to begin the movie? This says you have the rights to only show the movie in the privacy of your home. Any showing outside of your a few friends at your house requires a public performance license. A reputable company that somes movies outdoors under the stars will know how to work with Hollywood Studios to get permission to show their blockbuster films at your special event.

Reputation of producing well attended movie events
Due to the popularity of hosting an open air movie event, it is understandable that many mom & pop businesses are buying into outdoor movie franchises so that they can cash in on the popular trend. Yes, these companies can show flicks outdoors, but probably not well. So how do you know that you are working with a reputable company that has experience with hosting successful movie nights? Ask for references for the last 3 public events they did or ask to see if you can come out to an upcoming event. An equipment provider will have happy and repeat customers and will be booked working regularly.

Ask questions when looking around for an equipment provider. Know what equipment you are getting with your movie night package and be skeptical of prices that are too good to be true. Doing some research before you rent equipment for your movie night will improve upon the success of your special event.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema creates extraordinary outdoor movie experience with movie theater presentation quality. Southern Outdoor Cinema works with marketing agencies, film festivals, cities, elementary schools and universities to produce stress-free outdoor movie events that are well received by audiences and sponsors. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next special event.

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How Not To Stress About Liability Risk At Your Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 14, 2013 Under Tips

How not to stress about liability risk at your outdoor movie event

Putting on an outdoor movie event is fun. It is a great way to bring people together and provide a safe, family-friendly source of entertainment. You will enjoy seeing your guests having a great time at your event, but as the event organizer you also have important responsibilities when it comes to behind-the-scenes event planning. Creating a safe environment and minimizing risk to yourself and others involved in organizing your event are two of the most important details you should focus on.

General liability insurance is the best way to minimize liability risk at your outdoor movie event. It is the equipment provider’s responsibility to carry general liability insurance; it is in their best interest as well as yours that they are adequately insured. Unfortunately, there are many equipment providers out there without proper liability insurance.

Understanding Insurance For Outdoor Movie Events

DJ services, bounce house rental companies and other service providers and equipment rental services will add outdoor movie screens to their existing businesses without taking all of the proper steps, like adding insurance for their outdoor movie screen services. This type of insurance is difficult to obtain because only a few underwriters cover these kinds of activities. These companies don’t let their insurance companies know that they added outdoor movie events to their services and therefore are not covered.

Why is general liability insurance so important? What if your equipment provider causes damage to the location while setting up the equipment? As the event organizer, you, or your organization, will probably be held responsible for any damage if your equipment provider does not carry liability insurance to cover these incidents. The risk of a mishap is also higher when you are dealing with a company such as a bounce house rental business offering outdoor movie screens as an add-on to their main businesses. The technicians setting up and taking down the equipment are probably not trained properly and are more likely to cause damage.

A reputable company will carry general liability insurance to protect themselves and their clients. It is your job to do your homework and make sure your equipment provider carries adequate liability insurance. Ask for a copy of your equipment provider’s general liability insurance and see if the certificate description covers cinema viewings/outdoor movies. Also keep in mind that $1,000,000 is the industry standard for general liability insurance.

In addition to offering a great movie at a nice venue, with entertainment and other extras to make your guests comfortable, you must make sure all of your behind-the-scenes responsibilities are handled. By taking the time to investigate your equipment provider are verify that they hold proper liability insurance, you will be doing your best to minimize liability risk at your outdoor movie event. If the company you are considering is not properly insured, look for a more reputable provider; you will be glad you took the time to do things right

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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 outdoor 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 event consultation contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com

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3 Lies Outdoor Movie Equipment Providers Will Tell You

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 7, 2013 Under Tips

3 lies outdoor movie providers will tell you

At some point in your life, you have probably heard someone say that if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you are planning outdoor movie night, you have probably seen companies advertising their services for $299 or even $199. This pricing probably looks attractive, but you might also be worried that it seems too good to be true. It is smart to be skeptical of this type of offer. The truth is, companies such as DJ services, bounce house rental companies and other “Mom and Pop” businesses typically only have one small, low quality screen in their inventory and add outdoor movies on inflatable movie screens as a side business.

In situations like this, misinformation is common. In some cases the company is simply misinformed, in other cases they might actually be trying to deceive you. In any case, there are 3 common lies an equipment provider will tell you that you should be aware of.

1. You Don’t Need a License to Show a Movie Outdoors

Unless your movie event is in your own backyard, due to movie copyright laws, ALL outdoor movie events require a public performance license. Bargain outdoor movie companies will deceive you or omit this important information to make their package price low and attractive. They are telling you to break the law. If you are caught you can be fined up to $250,000 from the movie studios. Unfortunately, if you end up in this type of trouble the bargain price you paid for your event won’t seem like such a great deal anymore.

2. We Carry General Liability Insurance

Avoiding copyright law trouble is not the only financial concern to consider as you plan your movie event. What about liability? Hopefully your event will go smoothly and you will not run into any problems, but what if, for example, your equipment provider causes damage to your venue while setting up for your movie night such as a stake hitting an underground power line? It is essential to choose an equipment provider with adequate liability insurance to protect yourself financially should anything go wrong at your event. Unfortunately, many small businesses with add-on outdoor movie screen rental services do not carry insurance for the outdoor movie part of their business. Considering the cost of a business general liability policies start in the multi-thousands of dollars, how can a company that offers their service for only $299 afford to carry this insurance?

3. Movie Start Time is at Sundown

Sundown is 30-40 minutes before dark. The majority of open air cinema providers cannot start an outdoor movie until it is completely dark out because they use underpowered projectors and cheap, see-through screens. There are only three professional inflatable movie screen systems on the market: Airscreen, Epic and Open Air Cinema. Chances are these small bounce house rental companies, DJ services and other small businesses operating out of their homes are not using a professional-grade screen, but rather a inexpensive, disposable inflatable movie screen meant for one-time personal use.

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What is the bottom line? Do your homework. Ask for references when considering an equipment provider for your event. Be skeptical if their offer seems too good to be true or if outdoor movie services are not the primary business for the company. Ask to see a copy of their general liability insurance to verify proper coverage. Practicing due diligence and choosing a company with a good reputation that specializes in outdoor movie event production will protect you and make success more likely for your event.

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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 outdoor 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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