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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