Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2-Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 24, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry

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“Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2” is the last film in the series of films based on the science fiction trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. The film was directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, and many more. Katniss (Lawrence) becomes the symbol of hope and strength for the people in the districts and the soldiers waging war against President Snow (Sutherland) under the leadership of President Coin (Moore). This war comes after Katniss’ defiance and escape from the dreaded Hunger Games. Katniss along with Gale, Peeta, Finnick, and other loyal friends travel to the capital with one objective, to kill Snow. The story takes a turn when she realizes that President Coin presents a similar danger to Panem. Nevertheless, Katniss heroically saves the people of Panem, with a selfless act that leads to her imprisonment, but Panem’s democracy. This movie hit the theaters on November 20, 2015.

Filming for this movie took place in many places including European cities such as Berlin and Paris but also several locations in the state of Georgia. Principal photography started in Atlanta in September 2013 and filming took place in other cities in the state of Georgia such as Rockmart and Newnan, where the Caldwell Tanks were used. Scenes of the capitol were filmed at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta on December, 13, 2013. The hotel was used for scenes in which the tributes appeared in their living quarters while in the capital.

One of the most interesting film locations was the setting for President’s Snow’s mansion and office in the Capital of Panem. For this purpose, the crew and cast spent time filming in the Swan House of the Atlanta History Center, located in Buckland, Atlanta. The Swan House is a historical gem built in the 1920’s by a cotton baron. It is designed in Italian and English styles and features exquisite furnishings. The location scouts were drawn in by its elegance. Although there were some changes made for Hollywood effect, many of the original furnishings and objects in the mansion were kept unchanged and appeared as is in the movies. The mansion now features a tour that focuses on the Swan House’s role in the Hunger Games trilogy films. The tour is titled “Designing an Executive Mansion” and features photographs of cast and crew during filming as well as objects that can be spotted on the big screen.

If you missed the “Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2” in theaters, catch it on DVD or Blue Ray.

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Filmed in Georgia – Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 17, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry

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Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks (2015) begins when some of the friends or main characters plan a party for their friend Dave. In addition, one other reason for having a party is for the “Chipettes”. The Chipettes are moving due to the fact that they have the opportunity to become judges on the Television program “American Idol”.

Prior to any festivities or surprise parties Dave decides to take some friends to play some mini golf. One reason for Daves desire to play mini golf is the fact that a girl whom he is dating will be present at the golf course. Dave has talked about marrying this girl of his dreams and many of Dave’s friends feel a wedding is on the horizon.

Dave seems to be an independent person and enjoys doing for himself. Dave always does his own shopping also. One day after returning from the grocery store the “Chipmunks” find a ring in one of the brown grocery bags. The Chipmunks are certain this is an engagement ring that Dave intends to give his future wife. Quite impressed with the new finding, the Chipmunks attempts to steal the ring however their efforts prove to be unsuccessful.

Dave finds out he must travel to Florida because of business. Therefore, Dave decides to bring his lovely Samantha along and propose to her before they return from their Florida trip. Dave feels Florida provides a somewhat romantic setting in which to propose.

The Chipmunks along with Miles decide to travel to Florida in an attempt to sabotage the engagement proposal. In a turn of events, the Chipmunks decide to drug three squirrels . Once the squirrels are drugged they dress them up in unrecognizable clothing in an attempt to fool their neighbor Ms. Price played by Jennifer Coolidge.

During the trip to Florida you can clearly hear one of the Chipmunks songs being played in the background “Christmas Don’t be Late”. The Chipmunks head to a club upon arriving in Florida. The purpose for going to the club was to perform. However, an interruption causes a brawl and they eventually leave the club.

Over a period of months the Chipmunks manage to save some money and travel to New Orleans. The Chipmunks begin to frequently sing the song “Uptown Funk” . Actually, they sang this song many times during their bus trip to New Orleans. Dave feels that the song is well put together and that the Chipmunks definitely capture the attention of the public with their singing.

Weeks later Samantha and Dave reunite with the Chipmunks and offer to drive them to Florida. Once they arrive in Florida Alvin confesses that he was the one who snatched the engagement ring from the shopping bag.

While walking through the streets of Miami weeks later Miles is almost struck by a car. Alvin quickly pushes Miles out of the line of danger and ultimately saves his life. The incident with Miles seems to have a profound affect on Alvin and he seems to have a change of heart about many things.

Alvin not only confessed to taking the ring but he willingly gives the ring back and apologizes. However, once the ring was returned to Dave he tells Alvin he decided not to marry Samantha and that the ring actually belonged to his long time friend Barry which was played by Eddie Steeples. With the ring incident behind them, the Chipmunks get even closer to Dave. Dave decides to legally adopt the Chipmunks. This is a day of much happiness and celebration. Upon leaving the courthouse after the adoption hearing. Dave is as happy as a lark and claims that nothing in the world could spoil his happy mood.

However, once Dave returns home with his newly adopted Chipmunks he finds his home in total disarray. Apparently the squirrels ruined much of Dave’s home. Dave tries to keep his cool but it is quite evident that he is angry about the destruction which has taken place.

Dave unexpectedly shouts Alvin’s name and it was quite clear that Dave was placing at least part of the blame for the home invasion on Alvin. Dave has no choice but to accept the Chipmunks for what they are especially since he has legally adopted them.

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Filmed in Georgia: Goosebumps

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 10, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry

Goosebumps Filmed in Georgia

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In 2008, Georgia Governor George Perdue signed the Entertainment Industry Investment Act offering 30 percent tax incentives to Hollywood movie companies who decide to film their features in the state of Georgia. One film that was filmed in Georgia is called Goosebumps, released last year. Rob Letterman, the Hollywood director who filmed this feature, said he felt at home directing this picture in Atlanta, Georgia. Letterman noted there were plenty of directors and producers shooting motion pictures in Atlanta, Georgia. Goosebumps is a book series for children. It was originally published between the years 1992 and 1997 by Scholastic Publishing Company. Goosebumps is a book in the supernatural horror genre. Neal Moritz and Rob Letterman wanted to bring this book series to the silver screen. This 103 minute production premiered in Los Angeles on October 5, 2015 and nationally on October 16, 2015. Tim Burton originally considered making a film adaption of the Goosebumps book series in 1998. Unfortunately, Burton wasn’t able to come across a good script for it.

Actor Jack Black portrays young adult fiction writer, RL Stine, nicknamed Mr. Shivers, who writes Goosebumps, a story about a teenage boy named Zach Cooper who moves away from hustling bustling New York, NY with his mother to the quiet small town of Madison, DE, reluctantly. Zach is amazed to find that his neighbor is the author of the horror classic Goosebumps when the teen meets Stine’s daughter, Hannah. Beginning a relationship, Hannah invites Zach over to her house where the boy learns that the horror creatures actually exist. The characters are locked securely away inside their manuscripts. Zach accidentally opens one of the books, releasing the horrific characters from their home. One of the characters is a gigantic preying mantis that escapes from the Stine home and invades the town. Hannah and Zach spend most of the movie trying to find these characters and return them to the manuscripts they call home.

The characters were created with CGI, known as Computer Generated Imagery that make the characters look three dimensional as they roamed about the town and trough the shops. Some of the characters were zombies that were a result of the makeup and wardrobe department. Despite the horror surrounding the film, Neal Moritz,who had produced Goosebumps, wanted the film to be appropriate for viewers as young as seven or eight years-old. He believed he had a very fine line to walk to make sure the film did not enter the PG area.

Letterman loved the large variety of location sites that the Atlanta area offered to him. He was looking at filming in the state of Lousiana before he made his final decision. The downtown Madison location sites included one of the cemeteries in Decatur, an ice skating rink in Marietta, Georgia, Cobb County,DeKalb School of the Arts, and the Inman Park neighborhood. The chase scene was filmed in Gainesville, Georgia. In the last week of July 2014, regular commuters were warned that the filming would cause traffic delays on 53/Dawson Highway. Traffic would be slowed up from Lake Ranch Court to Marina Drive in Hall County. Chattahootchee Bridge would be backed up because of stunt drivers. The public was also informed there would be nothing to see if they were interested in celebrity sightings.

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Filming In Georgia: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 3, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry

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By this time next year, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will almost be in the can since its filming was set to begin by Feb 2016. Although we may not hear of the casting until the Fall, we are certain to hear and see many new casts in the movie although they won’t get to that until the script is finished. This movie is set to be released come May, 5, 2017 thereby bringing back the primary cast of the film Michael Rooker, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana among others.

We also expect to see the real identity of Peter Quill’s dad revealed. There is absolutely no doubt that this movie is going to be an ultimate hit judging from the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie will; be filmed at Pinewood Atlanta Studios, 461 Sandy Creek Road, Fayetteville, Georgia, USA.

Recent rumors have been around who might be joining the team for this upcoming sequel. The movie is expected to be more of an intimate affair compared to the preceding on although there is much talk about new characters being introduced or even having characters crossing over from other films. With the announcement set to happen soon, this remains a rumor and only time will tell. However, we expect to see some stellar performances from such character like:

James Gunn’s ability to be a blockbuster start was put to rest after the release of the first Guardians of the Galaxy as its writer and director. Through the entire production his prowess was appreciated and its perhaps the reason he is coming back to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and as the film moves through the pre-production phases, he will continue hammering away at the scrip and preparing it for filming. Peter Quill popularly known as Star Lord whose at the end of the first season become a source of reason can still be expected to have an even deeper emotional ties to his dead mom and he will be on the hunt for the identity of his real dad.

Gamora may have had it rough her whole life, but the dark days seem to be behind her now after finding a new family in Peter Quill, Groot and Drax in her pursuit for happiness something that will not be news to her enemies. If Thanos comes back he might see it as betrayal and Nebula is still fighting her. It may not be a surprise to see both come back to take major roles in Galaxy 2. Groot at the end of Galaxy 2 comes out nothing more than a sapling, we expect him to be all grown up in Galaxy 2 where he will be fighting shape to take on more tasks that his team members cannot physically undertake.

As we wait for this movie to come out and get us glued to our screens we can’t be more thrilled. The interstellar team of misfits will be returning for another romp around the galaxy and meeting some of Marvel’s most amazing characters. Although the release of this movie may be a year away, that does not mean Marvel and Gunn are folding their hands when it comes to the next outing of the Star Load and crew. Guardians 2 is not just any other movie, it is expected to move towards future cosmic movies.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Filmed In Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Feb 25, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry

Captain America: Civil War

One of the movies people are eagerly looking forward to is Captain America Civil War. It is the latest of the series of Marvel Comic installments that has users talking. It is another in the epic good versus evil series and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, alson with Jeremy Renner and Emily Van Camp. Captain America and the Civil War Avenges are the options that you are the options that you may wish to view in the future.

Captain America and his clan of avengers continue to protect America, and then warring factions with Ironman and another contingent. A mini war breaks out between the super heros. It is a little different because viewers are used to seeing the good versus evil match up, but good versus good is something that may be a little different for viewers. It is just one of the exciting conflicts that the movie gives to you. The movie was based on Civil War by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven aftr a positve reaction to the Winter Soldier the story was all available and adapted for the Captain America movie.

The movie was filmed in Georgia and allowed those who are fans of the series to view it. The movie is shooting on various locations around Atlanta, and those who are looking for the local connection will not be disappointed. Various locations around the city are used like the Norfolk Southern Building, at 125 Spring Street Southwest, the Atlanta Civic Center and other well known locations in the city. Even a double decker bus hits Hotlanta,Buckhead Ave NE and N Fulton Dr NE in Atlanta and was instrumental in the filming of the movie. A bit of Southern charm is what the super heros needed. The movie ends in Germany where several locations around Berlin were used. It is just one of the options that you may know. These are the options that you can use when you are looking for a great movie that was shot partially stateside. It is just one of the things that you need; It is also joining locations in Germany specifically, Berlin.

By using many locations in metro Atlanta those who are from the city will recognize some of the varied options that come in to play with the movie. It is no doubt attract to those who are denizens of the city or who live in nearby locations. The movie being filmed in the city should bring local interest to the film.

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