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May 10, 2017

Location Manager Mac Gordon’s Georgia roots are deep–and historic. A native of Savannah, he’s the great-nephew of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. Low’s Savannah birthplace is a pilgrimage site for Girl Scouts of all ages. Growing up with a sense of place is a good trait for a future location manager...

Georgia-based production veterans and recent transplants weigh in on the production terrain. 

Georgia has come a long way since President (then-Governor) Jimmy Carter created our state Film Commission in 1973–the first office of its kind outside of California and a decision inspired by the financial benefits the 1972 filming of Deliverance brought to Georgia.

“When I first started out in the 1970s, crew...

May 10, 2017

Forget Hollywood–Georgia is the place to be.

At least, if you’re in film or television. With industry-positive legislature, a variety of locations, and production resources, industry activity is only increasing, as is the need for top-notch studios. Here, Oz takes a look at some of Georgia’s top studios, both big and small.

Raleigh Studios

Built by Paul and Joe Lombardi, Raleigh Studios opened in 1989 a...

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May 10, 2017

April 1 — Teens from Atlanta-based nonprofit re:imagine/ATL produced a 12-hour live-stream event, NoCoLIVE, on their new YouTube Channel, No Comment Media.

The live event was a social media marathon across Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, Snapchat, and YouTube featuring musical guests, panel discussions, cooking demos, improv, comedy and more from Atlanta area influencers and creatives. NoCoLIVE...

May 10, 2017

March 15 —The Georgia Production Partnership converged on the State Capitol on March 15 to celebrate Georgia Film Day.

Governor Deal and Speaker of the House David Ralston lauded the success of film making in Georgia with over 245 film and television productions shot in Georgia last year, while Pat Wilson, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Economic Development, celebrated Georgia film’s economic i...

May 10, 2017

March 11-13 — ChooseATL held a booth and an activation at this year’s South by Southwest conference, hosting panels and discussions revolving around Atlanta’s film and entertainment industry.

The activation kicked off on March 11, with ChooseATL opening its 1,000 square-foot Atlanta job-fair booth in the Job Market. On March 13, ChooseATL transformed Maggie Mae’s on Sixth Street into the Choo...

May 10, 2017

March 22 — The Makeup Artists of Atlanta held their Spring Social in April.

Guests included Tom Straub, (operational manager, The Engineer Guy), who spoke about the growth of the makeup industry in Atlanta and the upcoming Goo Con coming up on May 20th & 21st. Featured artist Candace Collier (media makeup artist) performed a demo and gave a presentation on the behind-the-scenes world of a media ma...

May 10, 2017

February 11 — The 5th Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala convened in February at the Georgia World Congress Center for a night of elegance and showcasing the immense talent that Georgia has to offer in the entertainment industry.

The Georgia Entertainment Gala has garnered the support of a number of community leaders, brands, and organizations to provide a unique celebration with live entertainmen...

May 10, 2017

March 23 — SCADFilm hosted a workshop for special effects makeup at its Atlanta SCAD location.

Veteran makeup artist Ondie Daniel shared tips and tricks with the group for how to create realistic zombie looks on an indie budget along with a demonstration of advanced prosthetic methods.

May 10, 2017

March 18-21 — The ninth annual Athens Jewish Film Festival was held at Ciné Athens, showcasing nine films and a shorts competition

Opening with romantic comedy Moos, the festival kicked off with a party at the Hotel Indigo Athens. The festival ran through the weekend, with film screenings and special guest Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer introducing the documentary film On the Map. Festivities clo...

May 10, 2017

April 22-23 — The Professional Makeup Artist Conference, founded by Gwynnis Mosby, gathered some of the finest makeup artists and cosmetic business people together in April to instruct attendees over a two-day weekend of fashions, awards, exhibitions, competitions, and other activities.

Industry icons including Joe Blasco, Reggie Wells, Charles Gregory, and many more were in attendance and took c...

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