‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Oct 23, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

What To Expect When You're Expecting Filmed in Georgia

The 2012 film, ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ follows five couples as they go through the surprises and life changes that are brought about with having a baby. The film has a variety of stars, including Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid, Matthew Morrison and Chris Rock. The film was inspired by the New York Times bestseller of the same name that was written by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. The movie was set in Atlanta, Georgia. Besides a scene filmed in South Africa, the rest of the film was also shot in Atlanta.

There are several outdoor park scenes in the film. All of these scenes were filmed in either Piedmont Park or Inman Park. Both parks host scenes where many of the film’s men have their weekly “dude’s group” walks. (These weekly meetings are where the men can vent about their wives and the goings-on in their lives). The Woodruff Arts Center is the seen during a scene where two characters park their food trucks before having a late night picnic in Piedmont Park. Some of the areas actual food trucks are seen throughout other park scenes as well. Another couple in the movie also appear in a scene where they have a picnic, as well as watch an outdoor movie. This was filmed at Piedmont Park. Also visible on-screen from Piedmont Park is the 14th St. gate, stone steps and the soccer fields.

During the film, several other Atlanta landmarks are also very visible. The Georgia Aquarium is where one of the characters spends most of her time as a freelance photographer. The aquarium, therefore, gets some good shots featured in the film. At Little Five Points, which is famous for some of it’s shops and restaurants, one of the characters owns a baby store. Chops Lobster Bar at 70 West Paces Ferry Road in the northwest Atlanta area, was the filming location for one of the restaurant scenes that featured actors Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Banks. Other Atlanta locations that can be seen in the film are, Smith’s Olde Bar, the office building Perkins & Will, the High Museum of Art, and the Fulton County Airport at Charlie Brown Field.

The filming of both movies and hit TV shows in Georgia continues to flourish. 2014 will bring huge films such as ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ and ‘Need For Speed’ to the theaters, which were both filmed in Georgia. With big studios steadily bringing their big-budget films to the state, the attraction to Georgia should only continue to grow throughout the industry.

‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ also stars Joe Manganiello, Chase Crawford, Anna Kendrick and Brooklyn Decker. It is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Filmed in Georgia: Killers

‘Killers’ is a 2010 action romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. The movie is about a young woman, Jen (played by Heigl) who meets the love of her life, Spencer (played by Kutcher) after going through a bad break-up. Three years into their relationship, the now married couple is living as blissful newlyweds when Jen discovers that Spencer is actually an assassin who now has a multi-million dollar bounty on his head. The couple flee for their lives as the chase is on. The film is directed by Robert Luketic who also directed Heigl in ‘The Ugly Truth’, and is best known for directing ‘Legally Blonde’. ‘Killers’ was mostly filmed in Georgia and parts of the movie are also set in Georgia.

The Tributary neighborhood in Douglasville, Georgia was used for several scenes in the movie. Tributary is a large neighborhood that is right next door to Sweetwater Creek State Park. Among Tributary’s several attributes are dozens of parks, a tennis center, a basketball court, a fitness center, and its own private mountain biking trail. Tributary is also located only 20 minutes from Midtown. For the filming of ‘Killers’, one of the homes was used to portray the new home of Jen and Spencer after they got married. A block party scene was also filmed in the neighborhood, as well as several action sequences.

Much of the films production and some filming was done at Riverwood Studios. Riverwood Studios is now known as Raleigh Studios Atlanta and is located at 600 Chestlehurst Road in Senoia. The studio is about 25 minutes south of Atlanta. They have four soundstages that are used by both the film and television industries. The studio has several other features that attract film and television including a screening room, storage and office space, dressing and make-up rooms and several productions services. The huge hit television show, ‘The Walking Dead’ has also filmed at Raleigh Studios and the surrounding town of Senoia.

Other filming locations for ‘Killers’ include neighborhoods in Woodstock, Marietta Square in Marietta, and Atlanta.

In 2008, the Governor of Georgia signed the Entertainment Industry Investment Act which provides tax incentives of up to 30% to companies that choose to do filming in Georgia. Not surprisingly, this has brought many big-budget films, such as ‘Killers’, and hit television shows to the southern state. The states revenue from the film and television industry since 2008 is well into the billions.

‘Killers’ received lukewarm reviews for both the film’s story and the lack of chemistry between Heigl and Kutcher. The film also stars Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara. It is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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‘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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‘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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Wanderlust Filmed in Georgia

Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd star in the 2012 comedy, ‘Wanderlust’. The film is about a New York couple, played by Aniston and Rudd, who are looking to escape the city after their life has taken a sudden change. After they both become unemployed and no longer able to afford their New York City apartment, the couple heads to Georgia where they come across a hippie commune called, Elysium. At first, the couple hesitates to indulge in the commune, but after spending time with the relative they were supposed to stay with, they decide to give it a chance. The screenplay was written by Ken Marino and David Wain. Marino was also a screenwriter on the films, ‘Role Models’ (which also starred Rudd) and ‘We’re the Millers’ (which also starred Aniston). The film was directed by Wain, who also directed Rudd in ‘Role Models’. Much of the film is set in Georgia, and besides some scenes completed in New York, most of the movie was filmed in Georgia, as well.

In Clarkesville, Georgia, the cast and crew of ‘Wanderlust’ spent some time filming scenes for the movie back in 2010. The hippie commune, Elysium, that Aniston’s and Rudd’s characters come across in the movie, was portrayed by an area in Clarkesville. The set was closed to the public, but reports have the location at 340 Woodlane Lane. The film set and the base camp were located near the North Habersham Middle School. Signs were posted around the area that said “Elysium” and included arrows pointing towards the set. In an interview, Jennifer Aniston had stated that she enjoyed filming in the area and felt like being in the rural town gave her a sense of anonymity back.

Other filming locations for ‘Wanderlust’ include Marlowe Farms at 3750 George Williams Road in Monroe. There was also a scene filmed at the lobby of the building at 191 Peachtree Tower in Atlanta. In Lawrenceville, there was filming done at 2160 Breckenridge Blvd and at Gwinnett Diner at 257 Scenic Hwy. Also, in Lawrenceville, scenes were filmed at a subdivision called Miramonte Way that is off of Ozora Road.

‘Wanderlust’ did not meet favorable reviews by most critics. It received a 59 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes site. The film also did not perform very well at the box office. It was considered a flop, with a domestic gross of under 18 million dollars. The film’s budget was 35 million dollars.

‘Wanderlust’ also stars Alan Alda, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman and Joe Lo Truglio. It is currently available on both Blu-ray and DVD.


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