Georgia

Find international production companies, services and crew

World of Locations Screen International

Overview

Georgia’s uncapped incentive programme and generous tax credit have, over the past decade, made the state the third-largest production centre in the US, with a particular appeal for big-budget studio features.

Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home all shot in the state, as did Warner Bros/DC’s Black Adam, Universal’s drama Dear Evan Hansen and Warner Bros’ musical version of The Color Purple.

Smaller films working in the state have included Alex Garland’s drama Civil War for A24, and Focus Features comedy Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.

Among visiting TV projects have been Apple’s The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey, Netflix’s Stranger Things and AMC’s Tales Of The Walking Dead (whose parent show just shot its eleventh and final season in Georgia).

 

Georgia claims to have been the first US state to re-open its economy after the initial pandemic shutdown, and last summer reported a record $4bn in direct spending for fiscal 2021 by a total of 21 studio features, 45 indie films and 222 TV projects. Tax credits awarded by the state for the year reached $1.2bn, also a record and a big rebound from the first year of the pandemic, when the amount awarded had dropped to $649m.

 

The one cloud on the horizon for Georgia’s film and TV industry is the threat of a backlash from Hollywood over the state’s foetal heartbeat abortion ban, signed into law in 2019 but stopped from coming into effect by a US court. The block could be removed after the Supreme Court makes its long-awaited ruling, expected by the end of June 2022, over the constitutionality of a similar abortion restriction in Mississippi.

 

More info: Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office - Lthomas@georgia.org

 

Productions

Permits

Studios

Georgia has more than 2m square feet of purpose-built stage space and more than 3 million square feet of retrofitted stage and dedicated warehouse space, with more medium and large stages than many longer established production hubs. The state’s crew base comprises more than 30,000 film workers.

Major facilities in or around Atlanta include Areu Bros Studios, Third Rail Studios, Westside Stageworks, Atlanta Metro Studios, Eagle Rock Studios, Blackhall Studios, EUE/Screen Gems and the 12-stage Tyler Perry Studios.

 

Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Atlanta), about half an hour from Atlanta’s international airport, is one of the biggest facilities in the US, with 24 soundstages, including the new Prysm virtual production space, as well as workshops, offices and vendors. Thirty miles outside Atlanta, Cinelease’s Three Ring Studio is expanding to take in 14 stages comprising 276,000 square feet of space.

Locations

Georgia is known for its beautiful mountains, Black Sea coastal region and orthodox churches. Key locations of interest include the Caucasus Mountains, where you’ll find mountaintop churches, picturesque villages and ski resorts.

There are also national parks such as Borjami-Kharagauli, Lagodekhi, Vashlovani and Tusheti. Capital Tbilisi has interesting locations including the Old Quarter, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Sioni Cathedral and Narikala Fortress. Legacies of the Soviet era are formidable-looking apartment blocks and the unusual Bank of Georgia HQ.

Georgian Film Studio says “Georgia’s diverse landscape is rich with locations: mountains, deserts, subtropics, seashore; places that look (post) Soviet, Eastern European, Middle Eastern, even Afghanistan-like; old castles (type Svaneti or Tusheti in Google), dramatic views matching those of New Zealand, and easy and inexpensive access to the national parks, subways, train stations, and airports.” In terms of climate, Georgia generally has hot summers and mild winters with snow common in mountain areas.

The best months to film are May, June and September because they offer long shooting days without the heat and humidity of July and August. The country has good roads though travelling in the mountains can be slow.

Situated in the southeast corner of the US, Georgia extends about 300 miles from north to south and 250 miles from east to west. It is a four-hour drive by interstate highway from capital Atlanta in the north to historic Savannah in the east. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — until recently ranked the world’s busiest passenger hub — offers non-stop flights to all large US cities as well as London, Paris, Munich, Seoul, Toronto and Vancouver. Flight times are about eight hours to London, five to Los Angeles and two to New York.

 

Equipment

Because of its long cinematic tradition, Georgia has decent English-speaking crews though some specialist talent will need to be flown in. The country also has all the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment that a production is likely to need.

If specialised gear needs to be brought in from abroad, it’s fairly easy to get through customs compared to neighbouring countries. The industry is, however, quite small – so if you are aware that big productions have already gone into Georgia before you it might limit what is available.

For onscreen talent, Georgia can offer a large pool of caucasian and Middle Eastern-looking extras.

 

Sign up for newsletter

Newsletter