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Hollywood South: A Gain Or A Pain?

Atlanta is home to more and more film and TV crews on our city's streets, and Patch wants to know if all this glamor is worth the trouble.


From 'Bad Girls' descending on Brookhaven, to TLC's casting call for Buckhead homes to showcase, metro Atlanta has been home to quite a lot of film and TV crews ... and the stars that accompany them.

Clint Eastwood was spotted frequently in Sandy Springs during the shooting of the newly released "Trouble With The Curve." Decatur was showcased in two new films released in August and September - "What To Expect When You're Expecting" and the Jennifer Garner-Disney flick, "The Odd Life Of Timothy Green."

And Hollywood came to Druid Hills last year, as Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Jude Law filmed a portion of  “Contagion” at the Centers For Disease Control.

And it's not just films and TV shows being shot in metro Atlanta. Justin Bieber-fever hit Avondale Estates last year as the entertainment sensation filmed a public service announcement on the dangers of texting while driving. And YouTube singing superstar Ryan Beatty filmed a similar announcement in August.

Being a sought-after filming locale means big money. Georgia productions generated an economic impact of $3.1 billion during 2012. A Hollywood scout was recently seeking intown homes that could be used in a new production called "Last Vegas."

But with all of this Hollywood glamor comes other issues. Besides parking headaches and traffic snarls, is the overall image of the community. "I am NOT happy about this in the least!" said one reader about 'Bad Girls' being filmed in town.

In Lithonia, a massive set and loads of equipment dirupted several nearby communities during the filming of a TV pilot. One reader complained, "This production company took advantage of this community, they came in without notice and set up without ever speaking to or giving notice to to the neighborhood. The neighborhood is outraged at the whole thing."

So Patch wants to know what you think. Is Atlanta's reputation as the Hollywood of the South a good thing? Or has the phrase "Lights! Camera! Atlanta!" gotten a little too much to bear? Share your thoughts and comments below.

Related Topics:

'Bad Girls' Descend On Brookhaven.

TLC's Four Houses Looking To Cast In Buckhead.

Clint Eastwood Stops By Sandy Springs' Cafe 290.

Decatur In Scenes Of Timothy Green.

Hollywood Comes To Druid Hills.

Bieber Fever Strikes Avondale!

Teen Sensation Ryan Beatty Makes Brookhaven Appearance.

Hollywood Scout Seeks Intown Homes For 'Last Vegas.'

Television Pilot Filming In Lithonia.

Ken McLaughlin September 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM
For right now, a good thing! Atlanta needs all the jobs it can get.
Bob September 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM
If it helps the economy of the City of Atlanta, I'm all for it.
Brannon Glover September 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I agree with the above comments. Bring in the money. I do, however, think they should let communities know about what's coming so it's not such a surprise. I'm sure the majority of people won't mind, but they still need to be in the know.
Henry Louis Adams September 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
People, dont sleep on this. This is a opportunity that brings allot of money into our community. When these productions come, you should see how you can benefit. There are many things that you can get paid for. Such as letting them use your home, car or be a extra in a production. Believe me, this is a WIN WIN. And, no one is going to just tell you how you can benefit. You have to search out this information.
Space Ship September 27, 2012 at 01:07 PM
What do you have against black directors such as Tyler Perry? He films all over Atlanta yet none of his films are mentioned. Typical.
Tom September 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Nobody with a brain pays attention to that slug...
eastatlantamom September 27, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Agnes Scott College is used quite frequently for film sets.
Henry Louis Adams September 27, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Yes, eastatlantamom. It was used for Why did I get married? Big Mommas House and Coma. And, I am sure the college got paid WELL! Real Well :)
Ralph Ellis September 27, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Here's a link to a story about the filming of 'Coma' at Agnes Scott. http://patch.com/A-p8GJ
Marc Acampora September 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Its definitely a good thing and I don't think it has been much trouble for many folks. Filming has gone on around my neighborhood many times without me even knowing it. My only concern is that sometimes the city issues street closing permits at stupid times. Filming near West Peachtree and congesting traffic through Midtown and even into GA Tech should not be allowed during Friday afternoon rush hour.
Kevin Madigan (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Here are some more: Viewfinder: On a Movie Set in Tucker http://patch.com/A-qxcT Hollywood Meets Tucker http://patch.com/A-fZkt
Steve Stussey September 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Being this is the business I'm in. I'm glad the work is coming here, but there's 2 issues that get overlooked. They give the the productions a tax break to come film here,but there's no clause that says they have to hire local, like in Canada. So they technically could bring in and entire crew and not hire anyone locally. So,yes, the cities would get the income from the hotels/restaurants,etc,but the people that work in the business still wouldn't be working. Luckily,that's not the case for the most part. Second, there's no initiative to do any of the post production work here. Which is why I'm having to shift gears to get back to working on sets. In the end it's a double edged sword.
Karen September 27, 2012 at 03:50 PM
More money and more jobs for Atlanta are worth some minor inconveniences to me.
Chris H September 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I like how more movies that are filled here, say they are in Atlanta in the film and not pretend they are in another city. It's good for exposure to our city. And yes, I did watch "What to Expect When You Are Expect". But only to try and name the filming locations.
zenia slay September 27, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I agree that Neighborhoods need to be notified so they can plan accordiingly. I live in the Conyers area and I enjoy seeing the camera crews and all the hustle and bustle. This week they are filming the Vampire Diaries on the square and we are having no problems when it comes to traffic, everything is moving smoothly.
Leslie Johnson September 27, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Chris, I say the same thing about seeing "The Three Stooges" remake -- I only did so to see Stone Mountain in the background of some scenes. http://patch.com/A-hHJ3
Marc Richardson (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM
We have a business downtown on Mitchell Street, and the issue is that it seems the city gives out the permits, and then the production company comes in one day to say, we have to close early because they will be filming. Or they say they are taking all the parking spots for their crew. They try not to pay for our business closing early, or when they are willing to pay, they low ball us and we have to fight for a fair rate. I like having the movies here, but the State needs to let these companies know that they must pay small businesses when they intend to interrupt them.
Rick September 27, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Does the film permit give the companies permission to ask you to close? If not, I'd tell them no.
C. Clifford September 28, 2012 at 02:59 AM
That's incorrect, Steve. All work performed in Georgia, including post production, qualifies for the tax credit.
Kirkwood Resident September 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM
The more film that is done here, the more businesses that cater to them open, then more permanent jobs are created. Also, the more Atlanta is mentioned in films, the higher the profile we receive nationally, then more young professionals take notice and want to move here. Free advertising. Is a good benefit.
Jonathan Cribbs September 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM
One key factor in all this must be close accounting of the tax credits given to film companies compared to the amount of business they create. Louisiana, for instance, discovered two or three years ago that the state was actually paying film crews to work there. They were spending more tax dollars to lure productions than they were getting in business. Obviously, that's not an ideal situation. Some states have given up on the film business because it turns into an unsustainable tax credit war. In all likelihood, Georgia's status as a film haven is temporary – unless it can build a production infrastructure that makes it valuable to studios beyond whatever credits the state might be issuing.
Fourth ward September 28, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I agree there should be a clause that they hire local crews.
Fourth ward September 28, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Thats that business. I was once contacted about licensing some content I shot from a big cable channel for a new show they were doing. They started with we have very little money, they offered me $250. Its not worth the effort so I say no. They call back and say $1000. Again I say no. In the end they fedexed a check for $1750. These were the people with very little money. They are masters in the game. The strength I had was I didnt care.
Urbanist September 28, 2012 at 01:25 PM
How is this even a question?
Jonathan Cribbs September 28, 2012 at 03:53 PM
The arrangement of the words and the question mark play a large role.
HannaM September 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Tyler Perry has been here a while, article seems to be more about things that have been coming to the Atlanta area
HannaM September 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I've only been in the film industry for a year, but the amount of people the industry puts to work here is amazing. Any large film production has 60-150 people working every day of shooting, plus an office full of people who work m-f for weeks prior and after the actual shooting of the film. These are also good paying jobs. In addition to the people working for the productions themselves, the productions are also renting alot of equipment, so those companys are also booming and hiring people. There is no question that the movie industry is good for all of Georgia, yes it might occasionally be annoying, but it is worth it. And to respond to Jonathan's comment about the sustainability of the industry: I don't know about the tax credits well enough to speak on them, though I have heard that one way productions make money is to sell those credits to other companies. Georgia is working hard to prove that unlike some other states that have had a short lived boom in the industry, that we have the crew talent, we have the locations & stages and we have equipment and technology to be a viable place for the movie industry in the long run. And my biggest fear are those credits going away, I will probably won't be able to stay in the atlanta area if the industry leaves

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