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  • Georgia's Entertainment Industry

    Atlanta has come a long way since it was a quiet little town called Terminus. Today, it has become the entertainment capital of the South. From music to museums, there are literally thousands of things for locals and visitors to do. 

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    1. Explain the influence that the movie and television industry has had on Georgia.

    2. Why does the state's film commission encourage filmmakers to come to Georgia?

    3. The film The War is set in a small southern town and features kids who are from small southern towns. Do you think it's important that filmmakers hire actors who grew up/live in a specific setting? Explain your response. 

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    1. This video provides several examples of movies and television shows filmed in Georgia. Select two of your favorite movies or TV shows and guess where it's filmed. Then research where the productions were filmed. Discuss as a class or in small groups if the actual filming locations surprised you.

    Vocabulary

    entertainment industry: part of the economy including the companies that control the distribution and manufacture of mass media (film, television, and radio) entertainment; also known as "show business"
    casting director: the person responsible for assigning roles in a film, play, or other production
    convey: communicate (a message or information)

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    Discussion Guide

    1. Explain the influence that the movie and television industry has had on Georgia.
    Film and television have brought notoriety to the state, its history and geography and its people. The industry has also created many jobs and a lot of wealth.

    2. Why does the state's film commission encourage filmmakers to come to Georgia?
    Filmmakers bring jobs and money with them to Georgia. They hire Georgians, rent cars and buildings, and purchase local products. The film industry also generates a lot of tax revenue. 

    3. The film The War is set in a small southern town and features kids who are from small southern towns. Do you think it's important that filmmakers hire actors who grew up/live in a specific setting? Explain your response. 
    Student answers may vary. Some may respond by saying hiring actors from a particular setting makes the film more authentic.  

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