Thu., November 18, 2010 9:27pm (EST)

Savannah Considers Cutting Film Office
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 3 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Robert Redford is show during the Savannah filming of "The Conspirator."  (photo Orlando Montoya)
Robert Redford is show during the Savannah filming of "The Conspirator." (photo Orlando Montoya)
A year after hosting two high-profile movies, Savannah is considering reducing its film office to one person.

The move puzzles some in the film industry.

Last year, "The Conspirator" and "The Last Song" filmed in Savannah, helping bring the area part of the city's more than $11 million in overall direct film spending last year.

City officials now want to close a budget gap by moving the office to a new department and reducing its staff.

Costume designer Wendy Moynihan says, that'll endanger Savannah's reputation in film.

"You can't be in two places at once. You can't handle numerous things going on at the same time. It's not a one person job anymore," Moynihan says. "I think it's very short-sighted. I don't understand when that office pays for itself why we'd want to cut it."

City officials say, the budget cuts won't leave filmmakers in the lurch.

The film office's future is caught up in city budget hearings that won't be finalized until City Council approves a spending plan.