‘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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‘American Reunion’ Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Oct 2, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

American Reunion Filmed in Georgia

‘American Reunion’ is the fourth installment in the theatrical ‘American Pie’ series. The film brings back all of the original characters from the first ‘American Pie’ film as they return home to attend their high school reunion. While some of the film’s characters have changed, married, started big careers and have had children, there are some who have remained exactly the same. The movie was released in 2012 and was directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg who also wrote the film’s screenplay. ‘American Reunion’ stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Sean William Scott, Mena Suvari, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Natasha Lyonne, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge, and Eugene Levy. Though the film is set in Michigan, it was filmed in much of metro Atlanta and other Georgia locations.

In Cumming, Georgia, the cast and crew spent time filming at Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier. The area was used for several beach scenes in the movie. The location was picked for the fact that it closely resembled the setting one would see at a Lake Michigan beach. The production company reportedly paid 23,000 dollars for full access of the area for one week’s time. At least 100 extras were used for the scenes.

Monroe, Georgia is where the film’s setting of East Great Falls, Michigan was recreated. In the first ‘American Pie’ movie, East Great Falls, Michigan was actually recreated in the city of Los Angeles. Production of ‘American Reunion’ said that filming in Georgia was more comparable to the Midwest. In Monroe, they didn’t have to worry about cutting palm trees out of scenes. The scenes filmed in Monroe were done in the downtown area. Some roads did have to be closed during the time of filming. A corner of downtown was used to create a mural and a building exterior of the first film’s local hangout, Dog Years.

Filming for ‘American Reunion’ also took place in Covington, Georgia. For scenes involving the high school reunion, Newton High School at 1 Ram Drive in Covington was used as the location. A reunion prom set was put up in the school’s gym. The school’s football field, hallways and commons area can also be seen in the film. Roughly, 200 extras were used for the scenes completed at the high school. The production company paid 10,000 dollars to the Newton County school system for using the location.

Other filming locations for ‘American Reunion’ include warehouse space on Sigman Road in Conyers, Olde Town Conyers, and Costley Mill Park at 2455 Costley Mill Road NE in Conyers. The warehouse space on Sigman Road was also used for filming scenes of ‘Fast Five’ in 2010.

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

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3 Foods To Sell At A Fall Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Oct 1, 2014 Under Tips

3 Foods to sell at a fall outdoor movie event
A great way to add spice, charm, and a little bit of magic to your fall time outdoor movie event is to complement the season with the concessions that you offer. Autumn is characterized by a delicious and comforting ensemble of traditional treats and beverages, so embrace the cool nights and favorite flavors and incorporate the tastes of the season into your event.

Below is a list of some classic and easy-to-do options that you can add to your concession stand to enhance the movie goers’ experience and embody the harvest season:

Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider

The crisp, starry fall nights need to feel warm and inviting if you are going to have a successful outdoor movie experience. In order to ensure that everyone can enjoy the feature film, you can offer warming drinks at your concession stand. Hot chocolate and apple cider are go-to fall favorites. Easy to make, you can either store the hot beverages in large 5 gallon coffee thermoses, or you can store hot water and then mix up the hot chocolate on-demand with individual packets. For the more ambitious, you might consider incorporating various flavors of hot chocolate into your stand. These days, there are a host of hot chocolate flavors on the market. White chocolate, dark chocolate, mint, and many other options bring pizzazz to a traditional drink. Other hot beverages work well too, such as pumpkin spice lattes and chai tea, but hot chocolate and apple cider are staples of the season, and they are easy to prepare—especially since fall means that apple harvest is in full swing, so apple cider is taking grocery stores by storm!

Sliced Apples with Caramel

Speaking of apples, what would fall be without apples and caramel? In every form, caramel apples are a seasonal delight. You can keep things from getting too messy while at the movies by doling out slices of apple with caramel, rather than handing out whole apples dunked in caramel. So that the caramel stays at the perfect, delectable temperature with the right degree of gooiness, you can store it in a crock pot. To minimize the clean up process, you should put a liner in the crock pot. Different varieties of apples offer different spins on this treat. For a sweeter experience, aim for Red Delicious. If you want a tarter apple, Granny Smith is a good option. Granny Smith pairs exceptionally well with the sweetness of the caramel. Offering chopped peanuts as a topping for the sliced apples with caramel can be a fun way to kick this treat up a notch, but put allergy concerns into consideration when stocking your concession stand.

Kettle Corn

This next idea hearkens to the quaint, homey, heart-warming feel of the country fair: Kettle Corn. Popcorn is a movie favorite because it takes little effort to eat, and it is easy to share with the whole family. Kettle Corn takes the traditional movie popcorn concept and turns it on its side. Same concept, new flavor. Sweet and salty pairs well with being huddled together under a blanket while watching a movie outside. For do-it-yourselfers, here is a link on how to make Kettle Corn in your popcorn machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBbihJccuiQ

Outdoor movie events do not have to be summer exclusive. Fall time means that showings can start a little sooner in the day, that there are fewer insects to contend with, and that heat and humidity will not play a role in how comfortable the attendees are. Make your autumn outdoor movie event an all-around great experience by adapting your concessions to the season. Warm apple cider and hot chocolate, fresh apples smothered in gooey caramel, and kettle corn all make for a perfect under-the-stars viewing experience!

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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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