Why Do Productions Choose Georgia For Filming?
We were pleased to see that Georgia ranks among the Top 10 spots for filming in the world!!
What makes our fair state so desirable? Here’s what P3 Update had to say.
The Incentives: In 2008, Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, boosting the state-tax credit for qualified production and postproduction expenditures by up to 30 percent. The core incentive of the Act is a 20-percent transferable tax credit for production companies that spend a minimum of $500,000 on qualified production/postproduction expenditures. These incentives are available not only for feature films, TV series, commercials and music videos, but also for game development and animation. Georgia also offers a Sales & Use Tax Exemption, which gives qualified productions an immediate point-of-purchase sales-tax exemption estimated to save productions up to 8 percent on most below-the-line materials and service purchases or rentals.
Recent Productions: More than 700 feature film and TV projects have shot in Georgia since 1972. The latest films include Due Date, Fast Five, Life as We Know It, Killers, Zombieland, The Last Song, The Joneses, Lottery Ticket and Get Low. TV shows include “The Walking Dead,” “The Glades,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Drop Dead Diva” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
Why They Go: Georgia is home to a wealth of spectacular locations, both urban and rural. With great weather and a film-friendly environment, the state also boasts an infrastructure with a fairly deep crew base, due to the existence of busy production companies: Turner Studios, Raleigh Studios (which took over Riverwood Studios in Atlanta) and its sister company Hollywood Rentals, and Tyler Perry Studios (which produced the blockbuster Madea movies and the recently released For Colored Girls). Claire, who is an expert on matching films with state incentives, is a booster of shooting in Georgia. “Georgia is getting big for TV series especially,” she says. “[And] it’s got good weather [with] no hurricanes.”
We couldn’t agree more. We are glad that Georgia is on your mind!