Georgia’s film industry is booming and has recently been coined “Hollywood of the South.” In 2007 Georgia’s film industry raked in $244 million, but this year Georgia’s film industry earnings reached into the billions. Roughly $5.1 billion dollars was made just this year, that’s more than 20 times the amount 7 years ago.
Whether it’s wandering zombies or bloodthirsty vampires, tourists have come from near and far to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrities here in Georgia. Over the past year many big budget films have chosen Georgia as their destination, such as “The Divergent Trilogy” and “The Hunger Games Catching Fire,” films that have brought many celebrities into town and even students at Chattahoochee have gotten star struck. Teddy Green, brother of freshman Henry Green, had an encounter with renown up and coming actress Shailene Woodley. She is most known for her role of Hazel Grace in “The Fault in Our Stars” and Tris Prior of “The Divergent Trilogy.” He recounts the experience, “I was climbing next to her at rock climbing camp and heard her voice and saw her face. I asked if I could take a picture and she said yes. She was so sweet and we talked for about 3 minutes before leaving.”
Thanks to the recent boom in film production, the state is now home to many fairly new film studios, such as Screen Gems Studios, Pinewood Atlanta and Tyler Perry Studios are only a few of the major companies in this billion dollar industry. Due to the tax credits of up to 30%, Georgia is one of the top 5 places in the country for film productions. The Hollywood film wages have gone down 3% and the funds have subsequently gone to states like Georgia. As Georgia’s economy grows due to the film industry, more than 30,000 jobs this year alone have been created. Casting calls for extras also heighten the interest of many beloved fans or aspiring actors. Over 800 feature films have been filmed in the state so far and at the rate the industry is going will only grow from here.