Filming In Georgia: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 3, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry


By this time next year, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will almost be in the can since its filming was set to begin by Feb 2016. Although we may not hear of the casting until the Fall, we are certain to hear and see many new casts in the movie although they won’t get to that until the script is finished. This movie is set to be released come May, 5, 2017 thereby bringing back the primary cast of the film Michael Rooker, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana among others.

We also expect to see the real identity of Peter Quill’s dad revealed. There is absolutely no doubt that this movie is going to be an ultimate hit judging from the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie will; be filmed at Pinewood Atlanta Studios, 461 Sandy Creek Road, Fayetteville, Georgia, USA.

Recent rumors have been around who might be joining the team for this upcoming sequel. The movie is expected to be more of an intimate affair compared to the preceding on although there is much talk about new characters being introduced or even having characters crossing over from other films. With the announcement set to happen soon, this remains a rumor and only time will tell. However, we expect to see some stellar performances from such character like:

James Gunn’s ability to be a blockbuster start was put to rest after the release of the first Guardians of the Galaxy as its writer and director. Through the entire production his prowess was appreciated and its perhaps the reason he is coming back to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and as the film moves through the pre-production phases, he will continue hammering away at the scrip and preparing it for filming. Peter Quill popularly known as Star Lord whose at the end of the first season become a source of reason can still be expected to have an even deeper emotional ties to his dead mom and he will be on the hunt for the identity of his real dad.

Gamora may have had it rough her whole life, but the dark days seem to be behind her now after finding a new family in Peter Quill, Groot and Drax in her pursuit for happiness something that will not be news to her enemies. If Thanos comes back he might see it as betrayal and Nebula is still fighting her. It may not be a surprise to see both come back to take major roles in Galaxy 2. Groot at the end of Galaxy 2 comes out nothing more than a sapling, we expect him to be all grown up in Galaxy 2 where he will be fighting shape to take on more tasks that his team members cannot physically undertake.

As we wait for this movie to come out and get us glued to our screens we can’t be more thrilled. The interstellar team of misfits will be returning for another romp around the galaxy and meeting some of Marvel’s most amazing characters. Although the release of this movie may be a year away, that does not mean Marvel and Gunn are folding their hands when it comes to the next outing of the Star Load and crew. Guardians 2 is not just any other movie, it is expected to move towards future cosmic movies.


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How To Attract A Large Crowd To Your PTA Election

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Mar 2, 2016 Under Tips
Friends and family gather together at a PTA Movie Night.

Friends and family gather together at a PTA Movie Night.

How to attract a large crowd to your PTA election

Your local school’s PTA/PTO is very important to the students, parents, and educators. They have many duties within the school system, and they are responsible for raising necessary funds throughout the school year. This organization wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of the local community along with elected officials within the association. The key to success is getting everyone involved in the elections.

Hold a Movie Night Election

Organizing a movie night is a terrific way to attract a large crowd to your school’s PTA election. Movie events entice many of the parents and students to come back to the school for the election who may otherwise skip it. The more people from the community that get involved, the more successful your PTA will become.

The best thing about a movie event is that it can be held indoors or out. A large inflatable screen can be set up on the football field, playground, or school grounds. If there is a risk of inclement weather, it can work just as well inside a gym or auditorium.

Movie nights are among the highest attended school events hosted by PTA and PTO organizations. Other events may include things such as bingo nights or school dances. One aspect that makes movie night so successful is that both the moms and dads find them appealing.

Why the PTA/PTO is So Important

Parent teacher Associations and organizations, referred to as the PTA or PTO, address the issues important to the public school administrators and the parents of students. They fight for funding and quality teachers in order for the schools to survive, especially now that many schools are experiencing increased class sizes and government mandates that make the job of providing quality education a daunting task.

PTAs depend upon the dues, fund raisers, and the support of volunteers to continue their work. The election of certain positions within the organization is vital to their success. This is why it is crucial to get as many people involved as possible with events such as a movie night.

How to Combine an Election with Movie Night

One PTA in Forsyth County GA uses the time before their annual movie night to discuss PTA issues. Using the microphone, the PTA reviews details of other events, budgets, and the hosted elections. This is also a good time for the candidates to say a few words on their own behalf. Last minute nominations from the floor could be recognized before the movie begins.

For the best turn out, the Election Day movie event should be scheduled at the beginning of the school year and placed on the school calendar. This gives parents ample notice that this is when the elections will be held.

PTA members, teachers, and attending parents can place their votes after the presentation, just before the movie starts as messages from the sponsors are being shown. Paper ballots can be collected, and the guest can enjoy the feature presentation while a designated group can count the ballots. Results could be announced at the end of the movie.

The Benefits of Attracting a Large Crowd to Election Movie Night

The movie event itself gives everyone in the community, including teachers, parents, and students, a reason to gather together. Along with enjoying the main feature with friends and family it offers the perfect setting for discussing all of the PTAs important issues. By having a larger crowd than at the typical PTA meeting, more people will be able to have input on major decisions and elections. It also makes the job of spreading information to all of the parents much easier.

Everyone will go home knowing exactly who will be holding which offices and what it is going to take to make another successful school year for the students. Using the attraction of the movie to bring in a bigger crowd will benefit the students the most. Children who attend schools where parents work closely with the teachers and PTA tend to have higher test scores and better attendance. The next time you’re looking for a way to help your local PTA/PTO succeed, consider hosting your own school’s movie night.

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Marriage Conference Date Night Includes Drive-In Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Feb 29, 2016 Under Event Productions


Marriage Conference Date Night Includes Drive-In Event

Marriage conferences are becoming quite popular. Couples rely on these retreats to help them build a better relationship with one another. They are often held at churches where counselors can give each couple the necessary tools for a strong and healthy marriage. These events also include ways for each couple to enjoy themselves. A great way to do this is by having a drive-in movie date night.

The Benefits of the Marriage Conference

Many successful couples find that participating in a marriage conference once a year helps their relationship stay strong. It’s a wonderful way to build unity within one’s marriage. Taking the time to go to a conference and discuss critical topics strengthens and unifies a couple. Each conference supplies married people with the tools they need to continue building a solid relationship. The result of these classes is a marriage that grows.

A mega church in Alabama was host to a marriage conference where couples shared a weekend together. The couples enjoyed time with their spouses while investing in their marriage. They found fresh inspiration for their life together. After an evening of classes, the couples were ready to enjoy a date night. A drive-in movie event was set up in the parking lots of the churches involved where the couples could indulge in a nostalgic, romantic evening with each other.

Date Night Fun


The church wanted to provide couples with a memorable date night experience. Going to the movies is the ideal date night for most couples, and when the movie event is held outdoors, it becomes extra special. February is to cool in Alabama to sit on the lawn and watch a film, but a drive-in allowed couples to watch from the comfort of their car. The marriage conference hosts decided this would be the way to go.

The drive-ins popularity peaked during the 1950’s and 1960’s. They were a big hit, especially in the rural areas. During this time period, over 4,000 drive-in theaters were in operation throughout the United States. Families were able to take their small children to the feature film without worrying about bothering the other patrons. Best of all, teenagers who had access to a car, found the drive-in to be the ideal date night destination.

Recreating the Nostalgic Drive-in Experience

The marriage conference was held at six different churches. The hosts brought back that excitement of the 1950’s drive-in experience for the couples by having Southern Outdoor Cinema help them. With the use of portable cinema equipment, Southern Outdoor Cinema recreated drive-in events at the six locations. Inflatable movie screens were set up in the parking lots, and FM transmitters, along with high definition projectors, were used to create an outdoor theater. Each setting was unique. One location had a large wall that projected a 52 foot movie image onto it.

By the end of the marriage conference weekend, couples went home with the tools needed to keep their relationship strong and healthy. They learned valuable lessons within the classes, and they got to enjoy a date night together. The outdoor drive-in movie event allowed them to enjoy each other’s company, and it created memories they’ll share for a lifetime.


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Movie On Ice

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Feb 23, 2016 Under Event Productions

Outdoor Movie event at an ice sakting rink

The winter months can be long and cold. Many of us simply stay inside while waiting for spring to arrive, but now there are several communities that have found a way to ward off that dreaded cabin fever. Why wait until summer to go outside and enjoy time with your family and friends? You can do it now with the help of a portable ice skating rink and an inflatable movie screen.

From coast to coast, many cities and downtown communities throughout the country are renting portable ice skating rinks. These rinks provide hours of family fun for all ages. Once they are set up, they instantly become a centerpiece for any city or tourist destination. People come from near and far to join in on the winter time fun.

Outdoor movies are no longer just for the summer time. Communities are using outdoor movie events to draw attention to their portable ice skating rinks. By doing this, they are creating a unique and memorable ice skating experience. The inflatable screen can be placed directly on the ice, or next to the rink, where everyone will have a good view of the featured presentation.

Recently Southern Outdoor Cinema traveled with their crew to South Carolina to create a winter film event experience. In the downtown business district, the screen was set up in front of the ice skating rink. The rink made a beautiful backdrop for the holiday movie they played. Best of all, this outdoor movie event drew attention to the town’s ice skating rink.

The evening of the event began with a showing of a much loved Christmas movie. Guests were able to sit in lawn chairs they brought from home or on the many stone walls and public benches found in this part of the downtown area. The event hosts decorated around the rink with greenery, wreaths, and Christmas trees with white lights. There was even an inflatable penguin next to the screen that waved “hello” to all who came. The decorations were a wonderful addition to the already festively decorated city.

All who came SOC Holiday Outdoor Movie On Icekept themselves warm with blankets and the hot chocolate that was being served. It was a terrific way to spend time with their neighbors and friends from the community as well as get out of the house for some winter time fun. After enjoying the movie, families were encouraged to stay and skate.

Guests of all ages had a fabulous time. The memories made at this outdoor movie event will last a lifetime. Every child there will grow up remembering the Christmas season when they watched a holiday movie under the stars and then went ice skating with all the people they love the most.


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Why It’s Important to Start an Outdoor Movie Before Dark

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Aug 7, 2013 Under Tips

SOC-Outdoor-Movie-Before-dark Enjoying a free outdoor movie is a great end to a full day of summer activities. Since we’ve been at this for a long time, we show our movies around dusk, which is up to 60 minutes earlier than other companies.


There’s just enough ambient light to get settled with snacks and not trip over anyone. The surrounding environment is still visible enough to be enjoyed.

Plus, the movie is done earlier so you and your family can get to bed in time to sleep off an awesome day at the movies. After all, summer days are long! On the East Coast, you may not see sunset until nearly 9 p.m.!

Do you really want to wait that long to start an outdoor movie?

Yeah, we didn’t think so.

We try to think of every little detail to create a fabulous outdoor movie experience. Have you ever thought of the following reasons why an early start time is best?

A Better Bang For Your Buck

If you’re planning the event, an early start time means more time for sponsor ads to be shown! We get set up right away so that advertisers can have a good 20 minutes of screen time, ensuring they are getting the most value out of working with you.

Volunteers who are helping with concessions or other activities aren’t up too late and can get some much deserved rest! This may also save you money on venue and labor costs. You won’t have to pay any one overtime for having a late night event.

Did you realize that outdoor movie providers who have a late start time may be using inexpensive equipment?

Think about it! If their equipment can’t achieve a crisp, colorful image before it’s fully dark, you may be using an unprofessional provider. Remember to wow moviegoers with the best audiovisual equipment available.

These same results can be achieved when you are showing a movie indoors as well.

An Experience That’s Bigger than the Movie

If you’re attending the event, it can be tough to not get bored (in the dark, no less) when you’re waiting an hour or two before the movie starts.

We’ve all been to events like that. The kids are running around, because all of the toys and games you’ve brought no longer capture their attention.

It seems to be getting hotter and hotter as time passes so, so slowly. Nobody wants a summer outing to end on a sour note like that. We want attendees to be entertained as much as you do!

Ever have the little ones (or you) fall asleep during the movie and miss it? Even if it’s a movie we’ve seen before, the experience is lost when you doze off.

We know the cutest summer photos are of the little ones tuckered out after a great event. But we want that to happen after the movie is over!

Check it out: You’ll find even more tips on why outdoor movie start times are important on our blog.


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