Film Industry

On Second Thought For Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018

A teenager in Thomasville, Georgia is facing charges for allegedly stealing a gun from a car earlier in March. We've seen this problem across the state. In 2016 The Trace, an investigative news website, examined firearm theft in Atlanta and Savannah. finding Atlanta led many cities with its rate of guns stolen from automobiles. We spoke with Brian Freskos, a reporter who covers gun trafficking for The Trace. 

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In the last year, Hollywood has been rocked by scandal. Some of the most powerful figures in the industry were accused of sexual misconduct. There’s an initiative in Georgia called Safety Shot that’s trying to address sexual abuse within the state’s film industry. We talked with two of Safety Shot’s founders: filmmaker Suzan Satterfield and actress Laura Lundy.

 Interview Highlights

The GOP tax bill has many concerned the law will negatively impact the middle class while bolstering the rich. But a new study from the union Actors Equity finds another problem: the tax bill could also harm Georgia’s film industry. They looked at how the plan might reduce deductions and reimbursements for contractors and part-time film workers. We talk about this with Chris Joyner with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- he writes the AJC Watchdog column. Also Craig Miller, Film Producer and Founder of Craig Miller Productions.

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The GOP tax bill has many concerned the law will negatively impact the middle class while bolstering the rich. But a new study from the union Actors Equity finds another problem: the tax bill could also harm Georgia’s film industry. They looked at how the plan might reduce deductions and reimbursements for contractors and part-time film workers.

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Georgia’s film industry supports many actors, producers, directors...and also classical musicians. Like Tracy Woodard. She’s a violinist in Atlanta. And on any given day, you might catch her recording soundtracks for a new TV show, film, or video game. She’s also founder of an event series where contemporary composers present new scores for very old, silent movies. Tracy talked to us about writing music for movies, and where composers experiment.

 

Atlanta’s the college football center of the world on Monday night, as the University of Georgia Dawgs try to stem the University of Alabama’s Tide, in the National Championship game. A win for Georgia would be the first national championship victory for the team in more than 35 years. We get a preview from GPB’s senior sports correspondent Jon Nelson and University of Georgia sports journalism professor Vicki Michaelis.

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Veterans Day is this weekend. We meet a veteran named Bradley Field, who works in the film industry. Among his credits: "Detroit," "Suicide Squad," and "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." On Second Thought regular Kalena Boller caught up with Bradley just after production wrapped in Atlanta on "Den of Thieves," which is out next year.

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Atlanta-based producer Will Packer’s new movie “Girls Trip” is doing quite well. It cost about $19 million to make, and it has grossed more than $90 million since opening in theaters last month. We talked with Will Packer last week about making hit movies with diverse casts, and his TV project “Black America.”

 

Music for American films is produced almost entirely in New York or Los Angeles. But as the film industry booms in Georgia, the demand for locally sourced musicians is growing. The newly formed Peach State Orchestra looks to meet that demand by becoming the first premiere movie scoring orchestra in Georgia. We talk with founder and conductor Phillip Allen.

The Rise Of Women In TV And Film

Aug 1, 2017
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"Wonder Woman" became the highest grossing box office film this summer. And the movie "Girls Trip," which features an all-female cast, was second at the box office the weekend before last. Finally, women are taking the leads in films and in television.

Jury: Railroad To Pay $3.9M For Train Death Of Film Worker

Jul 18, 2017
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A railroad owner must pay $3.9 million to the family of a movie worker killed on a Georgia railroad trestle in 2014, a jury decided Monday in civil verdict that found the company shared in the blame for the deadly freight train collision even though the film crew was trespassing.

Jury Sees Video Of 'Midnight Rider' Film Crew Fleeing Train Before Crash

Jul 12, 2017
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The civil trial of a railroad company accused of negligence in the 2014 death of a movie worker opened Tuesday with jurors watching video of the film crew fleeing a freight train moments before the fatal crash on a Georgia railroad bridge.

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A new report finds more feature films were made in Georgia than any other market. In 2016, our film production even outpaced Hollywood. We discuss the film boom with AJC Buzz Blog writer Jennifer Brett, and Craig Miller of Craig Miller Productions in Atlanta.

Georgia’s tax credits for the film and television industry have brought nearly 80,000 jobs to the state and more than $4 billion in wages. But the incentive program now has a powerful enemy. The group Americans for Prosperity, backed by the Koch Brothers, is lobbying to strip film producers of their tax breaks. They say it is unfair for the industry to come in and use state resources without paying their due.

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Georgia’s film industry tax credits have brought nearly 80,000 jobs to the state and more than $4 billion in wages. But the incentive program now has a powerful enemy.

 

The group Americans for Prosperity, backed by the Koch Brothers, is lobbying to strip film producers of their tax breaks. They say it is unfair for the industry to come in and use state resources without paying their due.

 

We find out what’s filming in Georgia with Jennifer Brett, who writes the Atlanta Buzz blog for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She tells us about the latest Madea movie, the next steps in Marvel’s cinematic universe, and all the other productions across the state.

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We find out what’s filming in Georgia with Jennifer Brett, who writes the Atlanta Buzz blog for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

She tells us about the latest Madea movie, the next steps in Marvel’s cinematic universe, and all the other productions across the state.

Bobby Ore Motorsports

Georgia’s $2 billion film industry has put Atlanta on the map as the Hollywood of the South, or as some describe it, Y’allywood. There’s a greater demand there for actors, producers, technicians, and … stuntmen! GPB's Taylor Gantt and Sean Powers  recently visited the school for a crash course in stunt driving.

BOBBY ORE MOTORSPORTS

The movie industry is Georgia continues to grow and develop. Our state needs more actors, writers, set designers ... and stunt men!

We take a trip up to Dawsonville to visit a stunt driving school that teaches interested participants the way of the action star. Producers Taylor Gantt and Sean Powers visited the new program and received the full experience with the help of professional stuntman Bobby Ore.  

For more info on the program visit: bobbyoresports.com

Making Movies In Macon

Jul 7, 2016
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People mill about Luther Williams Field – usually a dormant minor league park. These aren’t baseball fans. They’re extras on the set of a new TV series starring Hank Azaria. The name of the stadium is now Morristown Field for a fictitious Pennsylvania team.

The series, “Brockmire,” features a famous but down-on-his-luck baseball announcer. Jason Underwood, location manager for the series, said he needed a minor league baseball field and Atlanta simply didn’t have one.

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UPDATE 6/24/26: The Tybee City Council approved the adjustments to the permitting process for future productions that wish to film on the island. Existing regulations will be overhauled to more thoroughly address the concerns of citizens and local businesses.