2014 – Atlanta Outdoor Movie Guide

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday May 15, 2014 Under Company News

2014 Atlanta Outdoor Movie Guide

Get out the blankets, bug spray and lawn chairs! Free family outdoor movie nights are returning to Atlanta and North Georgia this summer and fall.

Movies in the Park™ is a multi-city outdoor movie tour features free children’s activities and family-friendly outdoor movies shown in unique and historic settings in Alpharetta / Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Woodstock and Canton. All movies start at sundown. All Movies in the Park events are free and concessions are available at most locations.

Dates and movie titles are subject to change.

Movies in the Park™ – Alpharetta / Johns Creek

Movies in the Park™ returns to Atlanta and North Georgia for another year of free outdoor movies under the stars. The multi-city outdoor movie tour features free children’s activities and family-friendly outdoor movies which are shown in unique and historic settings in Alpharetta / Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Woodstock and Canton.

Date: May 17, 2014 (Rain or shine)

Where: The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30009
(404) 733-5010

Gates open at 7:00.
Facepainting, concessions and giveaways
Movie: Disney’s Frozen at 8:30pm
The event is free.

Sponsors: Northside Hospital and Southern Outdoor Cinema and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park™ – Dawsonville

Take the family on a staycation with a day spent at Lake Lanier, just a few minute drive from Atlanta. Enjoy a swim in the lake, building snowmen in the sand and an outdoor movie on the beach. Overnight camping at the park is also available (small fee may apply).

Date: June 6, 2014

War Hill Park,
4081 War Hill Park Road,
Dawsonville, GA 30534
T: 706-344-3646

Time: 8:00
Movie: Disney’s Frozen will be shown on a huge inflatable movie screen begins at Sundown.

Sponsored by: Northside Hospital Forsyth, Southern Outdoor Cinema and Dawson County Parks and Recreation

Movies in the Park™ – Canton

The Canton series which is Sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee in association with Southern Outdoor Cinema and The City of Canton, will be hosted in the heart of downtown Canton at Browns Park located off of Elizabeth Street. The park, which is the former site of Governor Brown home, features views of the 1925 City Hall as well as a Memorial Arch (dedicated in 1923).

The Northside Hospital Cherokee’s Movies in the Park™ Canton series is as followed:
August 30– Rio 2 (movie @ 8:45)
September 27 – The Lego Movie (movie @ 7:30)
October 25 – How to Train Your Dragon 2 (movie @ 6:50)

Gates open one hour before the movie.
Activities include face painting, kids activities and concessions

Movies in the Park™ – Woodstock

This year don’t just watch a movie outdoors. Instead, watch an outdoor movie in a historic downtown setting during the Movies in the Park™ series in historic Woodstock GA. Before the movie, take a stroll down Main Street and check out the local shops and restaurants or just watch the train roll into town.

The Woodstock series which is Sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee in association with Southern Outdoor Cinema and The City of Woodstock Parks & Recreation, will be hosted in the heart of downtown Woodstock at The Park at City Center off of Main Street

The Northside Hospital Cherokee’s Movies in the Park™ Woodstock series is as followed:
June 21–Mr. Peabody & Sherman (movie @ 8:50)
October 31 – How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Kids Fest starts at 3:00pm & movie @ 7:00)
December 6 – Special holiday movie (Christmas Jubilee & Parade at 5:30 & movie @ 6:50)

More Information
For a listing of Movies in the Park™ events in other Atlanta cities as well a movie titles and directions, visit Georgia Movies in the Park™ on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GaMoviesInThePark

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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Movie Filmed in Atlanta

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Aug 15, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

The-Hunger-Games-Catching-Fire-Trailer The “Hunger Games” movie trilogy follows the very successful “Hunger Games” books. The second movie, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” is set to premiere in November of 2013 and it is highly anticipated. The first movie, “The Hunger Games,” was filmed in North Carolina. “The Hunger Games” enjoyed huge success and the state of North Carolina certainly benefited from having the movie filmed there. Atlanta, Georgia was chosen for filming the second movie, and the addition of this high profile film to the list of movies and television shows filmed in Georgia is a big win for Georgia and the growing local film industry.

The Atlanta History Center Swan House is a well-known and frequently photographed Atlanta landmark. The beautiful Swan House serves as the sight for the Capitol party scene in “Catching Fire.”

The rustic buildings at the Goat Farm Arts Center, also located in Atlanta, offer the perfect look for scenes in one of the rural districts. The stage for the reaping was built there as well. This abandoned goat farm, turned successful arts center, boasts a rich history, dating back to the 1890’s when the property served as a cotton gin factory. Today the Goat Farm Arts Center features studio space for many artists and hosts artistic events such as concerts and dance performances. The filming for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was not the first film experience for the Goat Farm Arts Center; the popular television series, “The Walking Dead,” has also used this location or filming.

“The Beach” at Clayton County International Park will be used as parts of the arena for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The man-made water park is known as “The Beach” because it was built and used for beach volleyball during the 1996 Olympics. Filming in Clayton county is giving the local economy a much needed boost. Recently, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “Scary Movie 5,” and other movies and television shows have been filmed in Clayton County. The use of this Clayton County location for filming the newest “Hunger Games” movie brings even more attention to this small film-friendly town.

Finally, there is the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Filming took place here and fans speculate that the scenes filmed at the speedway might have been ones that took place at the Capitol.

Fans of “The Hunger Games” are anxiously awaiting the release of this movie in November. Local fans are anxious to see if their predictions for what scenes were filmed where are correct and to pick out familiar locations as they watch. If you live near Atlanta or you are familiar with the area, pay close attention as you watch “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” this fall because there is a good chance you will notice some familiar locations.

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Movies Filmed in Georgia: Driving Miss Daisy

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jun 24, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

“Driving Miss Daisy”, a 1989 Oscar-winning movie, is set in Atlanta, GA in the 1950’s. Fittingly, the movie is filmed in Atlanta and in a couple of the smaller towns that surround the city. Filmmakers do not always have the opportunity to shoot movies in the locations the story is actually set it, but in the case of “Driving Miss Daisy” a beautiful old mansion located in Atlanta played the role of Daisy’s house perfectly.

Driving Miss Daisy Movie

The production crew did have to make some changes to the house before it could be known as Daisy’s house, including renovating the kitchen. Overall the house, which was built in the 1920’s, worked well and the scenes that took place in Daisy’s house were filmed right there in the mansion, rather than in a studio like many movie sets.

The Atlanta house used for filming had the perfect look for the 1950’s setting, but the streets of Atlanta had too much of a modern look to fit in with the driving scenes in “Driving Miss Daisy”. The town of Griffin, GA was used for filming many driving scenes. Griffin is located very close to Atlanta, but has a much different and less modern look than the nearby city.

Smaller, less modern-looking towns like Griffin and Senoia, GA, provide a great backdrop for movies and television shows that need a small southern town setting. The town of Senoia, in particular, has become a hub for this type of filming. In addition to “Driving Miss Daisy”, movies like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Footloose”, as well as the hit TV show “The Walking Dead” have been filmed in Senoia in recent years.

Senoia has a beautiful small town look, and has grown tremendously over the years. Crew and cast members spend money in the town during filming shopping and eating. Additionally, successful movies and television shows draw fans to their filming locations, resulting in tourists visiting and spending money in the towns.

Visiting filming locations from a favorite film is a wonderful experience. The Made in Georgia Outdoor Movie Tour provided an even better opportunity for movie fans: the chance to watch movies filmed in Georgia in the exact locations they were filmed. The tour did an outdoor movie screening of “Driving Miss Daisy” in Senoia. Southern Outdoor Cinema set up a huge inflatable movie screen in the middle of Main Street, the exact spot where scenes from the movie were filmed. It was an exciting experience for local residents and movie fans.

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In the fall of 2012, residents of several Georgia towns, including Athens, Gainesville, Dawsonville and Atlanta enjoyed seeing pieces of their own towns in the movie “Trouble With the Curve” when it opened in September. “Trouble With the Curve” is the story of a baseball scout who is nearing the end of his career. His daughter accompanies him on his final scouting trip and they attempt to mend their troubled relationship.

Trouble With the Curve filmed in Georgia

Since this is a baseball movie, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the filming locations was Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves. Braves fans will like seeing the place their favorite team plays in the movie and perhaps look for their favorite seats in the stadium as they watch. In addition to favorite and familiar places, locals can also look for familiar faces in “Trouble With the Curve”. Several Young Harris College baseball players were part of the filming of this movie. In addition to baseball players, other students and community members can be seen in the movie as extras.

The longest stretch of filming lasted ten days and took place at the Amicalola Lodge on GA 53 in Dawsonville. In addition to excitement among locals, filming in the area created an economic buzz in the community. Local stores, restaurants and gas stations enjoyed extra business, and locals were hired for security and traffic direction during filming.

Several scenes were also filmed around Athens, GA. The Globe, a local bar, and Oconee Hill Cemetery, as well as various local businesses located in downtown Athens can be seen in the movie. Some of the Globes’ employees can even be recognized in the bar scenes.

Georgia is no stranger to the film industry. Many movie, television show and commercial producers have chosen areas in Georgia, particularly around Atlanta, for filming in the last few years. This is a win-win for Georgia as well as film and television show makers. Production companies benefit from generous tax incentives available for filming in Georgia and Georgia towns experience economic benefits during filming.

In addition to these important economic benefits, seeing a movie that was filmed in your own hometown is pretty cool. If you didn’t see “Trouble With the Curve” when it came out in September 2012, consider buying or renting it and watching it now. If you love baseball, this movie will have a special appeal to you, but even if you aren’t a huge baseball fan you will probably enjoy the story anyway and it will be fun to try and spot familiar local places as you watch.

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Parental Guidance filmed in Alpharetta and Alanta

For most people, when the topic of the film industry comes up, Los Angeles, CA is the first location to come to mind. While it is true that Hollywood is an incredibly important place for the film industry and those who work in it, Los Angeles is not the only attractive American location for film makers. Atlanta, GA, and the communities surrounding Atlanta, have served as locations for many movies and television shows. Film makers choose locations based on a number of factors, but generous tax incentives offered by the state of Georgia certainly help to make Atlanta, GA an attractive location.

Parental Guidance, which came to theaters on December 25th 2012, was recently filmed in Alpharetta, GA and at various locations around Atlanta. This comedy is a great movie to see with the whole family, especially for Alpharetta and Atlanta residents, who might recognize some of the locations and faces in this movie. Johns Creek residents, in particular, will enjoy watching the Little League baseball scenes that were filmed at Ocee Park. Ocee Athletic Association players were even chosen as extras in these scenes. Piedmont Park, a beautiful park located near downtown Atlanta, was also chosen for filming.

Parental Guidance Alpharetta GA Filmed

Students at three area schools, Independence High School, located in Alpharetta, and Avondale Middle School and Atlanta International School, both located in Atlanta, will recognize scenes in Parental Guidance that feature their schools. A park bench scene, for example, was filmed at Independence High School. Other locations include Pebble Trail and First Baptist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia World Congress Center, Bloomingdale’s and Underground Atlanta in Atlanta, and Country Club of Roswell, Avondale MARTA station, Coolray Field, Cobb Energy Centre and a Chinese restaurant in areas surrounding Atlanta.

Some challenges did come up during the filming of Parental Guidance. One of the major complications had to do with filming in the winter, rather than the summer as was previously planned. While the actors struggled to keep warm in summer clothing during filming, the production crew got creative to make the locations work. In the house scene, for example, the grass was dead because it was winter so the production crew painted it green.

Parental Guidance is one of many movies filmed in and around the beautiful city of Atlanta. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, consider watching it with your family. If you live in or around Atlanta or Alpharetta, be sure to look for familiar places and faces as you watch. Watching a movie filmed in your own hometown is a special and fun experience.

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