‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Filming in Georgia

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

Filmed In Georgia: Hunger Games Mockingjay

The third installment of ‘The Hunger Games’ series, ‘Mockingjay’, is currently filming in Georgia. ‘The Hunger Games’ is a best-selling, science fiction book trilogy from author, Suzanne Collins. The trilogy’s first two books, ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Catching Fire’ have already been adapted into films and have dominated the box office world wide. The third book, ‘Mockingjay’ will be spilt into two films. Much of part one and two of the film are filming back to back in parts of Georgia.

One of the filming locations for ‘Mockingjay’ is in Newnan, Georgia. The film’s crew has set up shop at Caldwell Tanks in downtown Newnan. Caldwell Tanks is a manufacturer of water tanks, industrial-field erected tanks, and concrete storage structures. Inside one of Caldwell Tanks’ large industrial buildings, production crews spent weeks building a coliseum set. The cast and crew trailers have also gone up inside the facility. Security and police have been seen lined all around the property and the set has been closed to the public. Newnan has also recently been the filming grounds for AMC’s hit show, “The Walking Dead”.

Over in Atlanta, the Marriott Marquis Hotel is playing host to the set of ‘Mockingjay’ as well. The Marriott Marquis is located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue in downtown Atlanta. Pictures of the set going up at the hotel began surfacing online back in December. Rumors around the internet say that the hotel is being used to represent parts of the totalitarian government, the Capital, that is portrayed in the books and in the films. The second film in the series, ‘Catching Fire’, also filmed scenes at the Marriott Marquis in 2012.

There have been a few other Georgia filming locations for ‘Mockingjay’ including, the Pullman Yard industrial facility in the Kirkwood area and Sweetwater Creek State Park outside of Atlanta, rural Dawsonville, and Carlton Farms in Rockmart, which is known for its seasonal corn mazes.

Due to its advantageous tax breaks, Georgia has become a choice location for filming both movies and television shows. With the blockbuster ‘Catching Fire’ and now its sequel, ‘Mockingjay’ (parts one and two) filming in Georgia, the attraction to filming in Georgia is only expected going to grow.

‘Mockingjay’ stars Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Part one of the film is set to be released on November 21, 2014 and part two is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2015.

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Last Vegas with Robert De Niro Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Jan 2, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Last Vegas Filmed in Georgia

Atlanta natives are craning their necks and pointing fingers as they view the film “Last Vegas,” which premiered in early November 2013.

Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, the film is, as you might have guessed from its title, set in the city of Las Vegas. So why are Atlantans so eager to see it? Though the film’s exterior shots were done in the universally recognizable city in Nevada, many of the interior shots were done in Atlanta, which is becoming a greater center for the American film industry due to a large state-tax credit available for production expenditures in Georgia.

For the bar scenes the film utilized both the lavish bar Vanquish, which is quickly becoming the place for discriminating young “it guys” and “it girls” to party the night away, and The Velvet Room, famous for its packed Saturday night.

Bars are ubiquitous in Atlanta making it no problem to find one of those for shooting, but what’s a Vegas movie without a pool scene? No problems on that front; the scenes at the pool were shot in the Bethesda Aquatic Center in Lawrenceville.

What about sets requiring not-so-public shots? Do we need to pack up and shoot those on a soundstage in Hollywood? Thanks to the work of the team at Mailing Avenue Stageworks, the answer is now a resounding “no.” Stageworks is a the creation of real estate investors John and Paul Raulet and Tyler Edgarton. It is a 85,000 square foot facility designated for use in the production of film and television. Located in the Grant Park area of downtown Atlanta, this facility has become a key player in bringing the film industry out to the east. “Last Vegas” is its biggest film to date, but you can expect to see the facility increase the shift of production companies utilizing Atlanta over Hollywood as a site to shoot their projects.

If you haven’t hit this film up yet, now is the time to do it. With four wildly popular stars of the American screen portraying characters coming to grips with the fact that they are no longer young but don’t have to think of themselves as old, the film is a great way to spend a Saturday night.

…Well, that and The Velvet Room. Seriously, check it out.

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‘Identity Thief’ starring Jason Bateman Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Aug 22, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

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“Identity Thief,” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, joins the long list of movies filmed in Georgia. The movie is about a man, Sandy, who is tricked by a woman named Diana, who is experienced at stealing identities. When Sandy finds out his identity has been stolen he decides to track Diana down himself and get her to Denver, where she can be prosecuted.

Filming takes place in several Georgia counties, including Telfair County, which recently earned the honor of being called a Camera Ready Community by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Telfair County is among more than 130 other Georgia communities that now hold this title. The Ocmulgee River Bridge, located in Telfair and Jeff Davis Counties, was used for filming, along with Highway 19 in nearby Wheeler County. Telfair County earned the Camera Ready distinction shortly before the filming of “Identity Theft.” Being Camera Ready is good for the local community as well as production companies that choose to film in that area. Local resources and location information is more readily available for productions companies and the local community benefits when business is brought into the area during filming.

Conyers, which is located approximately 30 miles from Atlanta, was also used for filming “Identity Thief.” The downtown area was transformed into a movie set and many locals enjoyed observing the action. Just a few miles away, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Rockdale, more filming took place. Rockdale has been a popular filming location, with scenes from “Trouble With the Curve,” “American Reunion,” and “Teen Wolf” also filmed there.

The Georgian Terrace, which was the location for the premier gala for “Gone With the Wind” back in the 1930′s, makes an appearance in “Identity Theft” as well. The beautiful Georgian Terrace Hotel was built more than 100 years ago and has served as a location for many important events. One of the stars in “Identity Thief,” Jason Bateman, had previously been to this location for filming the movie “The Change-Up” and returned for the filming of “Identity Thief.”

Atlanta is used in place of Denver in this film. In addition to the locations already mentioned, The 191 Peachtree Building, the Colonnade Restaurant, and the Perimeter Mall make appearances in the movie.

The film industry in Georgia is thriving and this is having a positive and important impact on the Georgia economy. With the number of television shows and movies being filmed in Georgia growing and the filming of high profile movies like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” taking place in Georgia, it seems the film industry here will only continue to grow and succeed.

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Filmed in Georgia: Smokey And The Bandit

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Jul 18, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

Smokey and the Bandit

Over the past few years, people all across the country suffered with problems like unemployment and declining home values. Small towns are often hit particularly hard when it comes to unemployment and other economic issues. Clayton County Georgia is one of these small towns. Recently, however, Clayton County has experienced some economic relief as a result of the steady stream of movies and television shows that are being filmed there. Films include “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”, “Scary Movie 5″ and the highly anticipated “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

The impact of recent tax incentives for film makers on the Georgia film industry, as well as the economic influence filming is having on Georgia towns is drawing a lot of attention to filming in Georgia right now, but filming in Georgia, particularly in and around Atlanta, is not new. Historic landmarks, beautiful scenery and other factors have drawn filmmakers to Georgia for many years. One example is “Smokey and the Bandit”. This movie, which was released back in 1977, was filmed right in Jonesboro, located in Clayton County, in addition to other areas in Georgia as well as locations in Florida, Alabama and California.

In “Smokey and the Bandit”, two truck drivers attempt to win a dare by transporting beer in a specified amount of time, without getting caught by police for transporting Coors where it was illegal at the time. The two run into various complications along the way and keep us entertained with exciting high-speed chases and interesting banter.

Jonesboro, GA become Texarkana in the movie and was home to several scenes. Jonesboro
was home to the Welcome to Texarkana sign, the Coors Warehouse and Snowman’s house
during filming. The scene where the mailboxes are knocked down and the scene where
Bandit picks up the runaway bride were filmed in Jonesboro, along with several other scenes.

The look of Jonesboro attracted “Smokey and the Bandit” filmmakers, and the area continues to draw in movie and television show makers to this day. Clayton County is close to Atlanta and a major airport and features a unique and beautiful landscape that is appropriate for many different types of scenes.

Clayton County is a great example of the long-term, positive relationship an area and its residents can have with the film industry. Areas in Clayton County provided the perfect scenery back in 1977, when “Smokey and the Bandit” was released, and the area remains a relevant and popular location currently. Next time you watch “Smokey and the Bandit” see if you can pick out some familiar locations.

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