“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.

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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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Outdoor Movie Series Features “Movies Made In Georgia”

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday May 14, 2013 Under Event Productions

Made In Georgia Outdoor Movie Tour

Hundreds of tv and hollywood movies are being filmed on location in Atlanta and around the state of Georgia. This summer Southern Outdoor Cinema, the producers of Georgia’s longest running outdoor movie and festival series Movies in the Park™, are introducing a new outdoor movie series called Made in Georgia Outdoor Movie Tour. The Made In Georgia Outdoor Movie Tour will highlight Georgia’s growing film industry by showing movies outdoors in the places where the movies were filmed. Audience will love seeing sights on the big screen that they recognize from Atlanta and around Georgia.

Series Schedule:
May 18 – Smokey and the Bandit
Lee Street Park, Jonesboro, GA

July 19 – Trouble with the Curve
Dawson County Middle School, Dawsonville GA

For more information about the free outdoor movie series visit: www.Facebook.com/MadeInGeorgiaOutdoorMovieTour

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