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Filming in Georgia FAQ

+ How can shooting in Georgia save me money?
Our large and experienced crew base, numerous production resources and vast array of locations already make Georgia a smart economic choice. With our generous financial incentives, which provide up to a 30 percent Georgia tax credit, shooting in Georgia will save you even more money!
+ How can I find work?
Our companion site ComeTourGeorgia.com has helpful information and links to help you find work in the Georgia film/TV industry.
+ What movies/TV shows are shooting, or have shot, in Georgia?
A comprehensive Georgia filmography can be found here.
+ How can I visit Georgia locations from my favorite shows?
Our film tourism site ComeTourGeorgia.com has lots of information on Georgia shooting locations accessible to the public, self-guided tours and other information on the Georgia film/TV industry.
+ How do I find crew and vendors in Georgia?
A good resource is our Reel-Crew production directory, which lists thousands of production workers and support services, updated daily. You can also look through the Georgia Film & TV Sourcebook.
+ Where can I find information on Georgia child labor laws?
The Georgia Department of Labor has a Minors in Entertainment page with all requirements.
+ Do I need a permit to shoot in Georgia?
The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office does not issue filming permits.  In general, permits are not required for shooting on private property (beyond the owner’s permission) unless public property is impacted.  Some municipalities and state and federal agencies may require permits to shoot at certain locations within their jurisdiction.Permitting for streets, buildings and parks in the City of Atlanta is done through the Mayor’s Office of Entertainment.You can also contact our county Camera Ready Liaisons or call the appropriate municipality or agency to inquire about rules, restrictions, and permitting for your desired location.Click here for a sample list of municipalities and agencies that require film permits or have posted filming guidelines.
+ What’s the weather like in Georgia?
Georgia enjoys a generally moderate year-round climate. This weather site contains current weather conditions and historical data.
+ I need to double ____________ (fill in the blank). Can I find this in Georgia?
With the exception of expansive deserts or a blustery snowfield, Georgia can stand in for most anywhere. Domestically we’ve stood in for New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Iowa, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco and Florida to name a few. We’ve also stood in for international cities, historical and futuristic societies, and even other planets!  Our location liaisons are familiar with every corner of the biggest state east of the Mississippi River.
+ Is there anywhere in Georgia that I can shoot a summer/spring shot with greenery in January?
Absolutely. Savannah and much of Coastal Georgia has live oaks, magnolias, azaleas and other foliage that remains green all year round.
+ I need rural locations for my shoot. Can I still base out of Atlanta without driving too far?
Yes. Rural locations are plentiful within an hour’s drive in any direction from downtown. And if you need mountain scenery, the Appalachian foothills are a little over an hour away.
+ I am looking for uniquely “southern” locations. Does Georgia have these?
You will find numerous rural locations, charming small towns, and historic Southern homes within an hour’s drive from downtown Atlanta, as well as throughout the state. Savannah is a beautiful and historic, coastal city with a unique look all its own. Macon, Columbus and Augusta, along with hundreds of other cities and towns throughout Georgia, offer unique and realistic looks that will create a real sense of place and time.
+ Where can I get a list of talent agents?
A good resource is our Reel-Crew production directory, which lists thousands of production workers and support services and is updated daily.   You can also look through the Georgia Film & TV Sourcebook.
+ Are there other film offices in Georgia that can help my production?
Our office has film liaisons in all 159 counties in Georgia through the Camera Ready program.  These trained liaisons will help you on the local level with arranging shoots, finding locations and whatever local assistance you may need.  Currently the only “official” film commission outside of the state office is the Savannah Film Office.
+ Is the City of Savannah Film Office part of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office?
No, the City of Savannah Film Office operates under the auspices of the City of Savannah. We consider them our partner, though, in that we share information and assist each other when necessary.
+ Does your office have stock footage (B-Roll) of Georgia and Atlanta?
No, but you can check our Reel-Crew directory or the Georgia Film & TV Sourcebook for local stock footage suppliers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Georgia Residents

 

+ I’m a local independent filmmaker. Can your office help me get my movie made?
Our office is not involved in the actual production or funding of films. But we’d be happy to assist you with finding locations, production resources, contact information or whatever information you need to get your project off the ground.
+ I’ve written a great screenplay. Can you help me get it to a literary agent or producer?
Our office does not market scripts to agents or producers. But there are several great books and web sites that can show you how to properly market a script.  You can also take workshops offered by groups like the Atlanta Film Festival.
+ How do I find out what productions are currently shooting in Georgia?
Our office operates a 24-hour Hotline with up-to date information, including any calls for extras, cast and crew. The Hotline number is 404-962-4055. You can also find this information by visiting the Hotline page or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
+ Can I get a phone number or address for the production office for a show?
All cast and crew announcements we post are sent to us by the production company, and represent how they wish to be contacted. We can not give out additional information without the company’s approval.
+ I’m a media professional living in Georgia. How can I promote my services?
You can list in one of the state’s production directories. The Reel-Crew production directory, managed by our office, lists thousands of production workers and support services, updated daily. It is free for Georgia residents and businesses to list in. You can also list in the Georgia Film & TV Sourcebook, published by Oz Publishing. This is an annual paid listing.
+ Where can I get a copy of the Georgia Film & TV Sourcebook?
The Sourcebook can be ordered through Oz Publishing. There is also an online version of the book available free of charge.
+ How do I find representation as an actor?
The Reel-Crew production directory, managed by our office, and the Georgia Film & TV Sourcebook list numerous casting agencies that you can contact directly.
+ How can I be sure that I am dealing with a reputable talent agency?
Georgia does not have a licensing or regulating body for talent agencies, and as a state agency, this office cannot recommend one over another. We have a number of excellent talent agencies in our area. The lure of celebrity is sometimes overwhelming, however, and people with stars in their eyes can be subject to exploitation. Therefore, you should carefully consider your choices before signing with a talent agency. The Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Atlanta offers the following guidelines:Determine if the company actually has jobs available or if it’s just a ploy to enroll you in a training course or to sell you photographs of yourself.Contact potential employers to determine if there is a market and what skills are necessary to enter the market.Determine whether the agency has an established reputation with creditable retailers, advertising agencies and other persons in organizations who would be knowledgeable in this area.Check with the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Atlanta for factual information on any specific company about whom you need or desire pertinent data.The State of Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs may also be able to help with some types of complaints regarding unfair or deceptive activities. The office is not able to assist with contract disputes.
+ How can I have my property used in movies or TV shows?
If you would like your property considered as a filming location, please visit the List Your Property page on our website.  If you wish to offer your property for housing purposes, you can list in our Reel-Crew production directory or contact housing coordinators listed in the directory.
+ Where can I network with other Georgia media professionals?
There are several media networking groups in Georgia. Visit the web sites for Atlanta Film Festival and Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) for starters. Both sites offer a calendar of events, workshops, etc. in addition to social media links.

 

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