It’s show time in the projection booth of the Parkway Discount Theater in Warner Robins. Second run blockbusters, sometimes only weeks past their top grossing prime, snake around the room on 35 mm film. Superheroes and giant robots flicker and bounce on the screens below. Alicia Bowers manages this theater. With 10 years in the business, she’s worked with both digital and film. "When we first got rid of film it was kind of nostalgic to come back to it, but now it’s like ‘This is a lot of work’," Bowers said.
Savannah is no stranger to making movie magic. If there’s one place one place in Savannah that has the inside scoop on those decades of cinema history, it’s Leopold’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street, where ice cream and Hollywood collide. Behind the bustling counter, employees dish out flavors like chocolate and Japanese Cherry Blossom, but in the rest of the store, owner and movie producer Stratton Leopold dishes on all things big screen.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is using movie theaters to share its stance on underage drinking. Department officials say they're sponsoring public service announcements on underage drinking that are being played in AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas throughout the state, and at Screenvision Theatres in Columbus.
The Savannah Film Office said Thursday it worked with a record number of film projects in 2012 that brought more than $12 million in direct spending to the city. The projects ranged from TV ads to feature films.
Several investors in metro Atlanta have announced plans to build what would be the largest film studio complex in Georgia. The studio is set to open next year with five sound stages on 288 acres in Fayette County, just south of Atlanta.
Officials expect filming of the second movie in "The Hunger Games" trilogy will provide an economic boost to Clayton County, just south of Atlanta. Filming of "Catching Fire" is taking place over the next few months at a man-made water park known as "The Beach" at International Park in the Jonesboro area.
If you love movies, baseball, Harrison Ford, or the 1940’s, you may want to head to Macon in June. Producers are looking for hundreds of extras for the film “42”, which is a movie about Jackie Robinson.
A Savannah-shot film gets its national debut this weekend. Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" tells the story of the lone woman charged in President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Savannah stands in for Civil War era Washington D.C. and gets a lot of screen time. So do extras like Philip Aultman, who appears about a dozen times.
Georgia's film industry is booming and some industry experts say that is proof enough that film tax credits are working. A committee of state lawmakers is reviewing all of Georgia's tax code and is expected to recommend sweeping changes in the upcoming legislative session. On the chopping block could be dozens of tax breaks that cost the state money and don't produce jobs.
Savannah city officials are considering cutting their film office budget. The move is aimed at closing a gap in revenues and spending. But it's striking some in the film industry as short-sighted. The city recently hosted two high-profile movies that brough the area millions of dollars.