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Jennifer Brett

The rising economic impact of Georgia’s filming industry

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Photo credit: A&E, BET, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Open Road Films

Photo credit: A&E, BET, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Open Road Films

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Nearly 250 filming projects – including movies, television shows, commercials and music videos – set up shop in Georgia in fiscal year 2015, generating a record economic impact, state economic data show.

“Part of what makes Georgia so attractive to filmmakers is the number of companies and support services that are here to assist their productions,” Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film Office, said in a statement. “Over the past five years hundreds of new companies have located to Georgia to support the industry and we are very appreciative of the contributions they have made, and continue to make to Georgia’s film industry.”

Here’s a look at what all these rolling cameras means to Georgia’s bottom line:

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 Projects filming at the moment include the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez On Me,” “Thank You For Your Service,” which is based upon the nonfiction book about the impact PTSD has on returning military service personnel, “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and “Baby Driver,” about a getaway driver who gets in over his head.

A film adaptation of the television series “Baywatch” gets going on the Georgia coast soon, and the latest iteration of the “Spider-Man” movies is coming later this spring.

Locally produced movies to watch for this year include Captain America: Civil War,” “The Nice Guys” and “Sully.”

State officials celebrated on Monday, dubbed “Georgia Film Day” at the Georgia State Capitol – fittingly enough, a frequent filming site.

“The unwavering support from Gov. Nathan Deal and our elected officials, by offering a stable and consistent production tax incentive, gives Georgia’s film industry the long term sustainability it needs to continue attracting a record number of productions,” Chris Carr, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said in a statement. “Our competitive incentive, combined with our diverse landscape, deep talent pool, extensive array of sound stages, community readiness, and the accessibility, are the reason why Georgia is one of the top states for film and television production.”

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