Films in Georgia
Since becoming the Hollywood of the South, Atlanta has been the set of countless films. Many producers and directors are flooding to Georgia thanks to tax incentives provided by the state, as well as flexible filming options. We’ve spoken about the rise of the industry on our blog before so let’s jump into our favorite films! If you’re eager to take a firsthand look at the film locations get in contact with us and we can create a custom tour covering just the things you want to see.
Tyler Perry has left a significant mark on the movie business, not only through his huge repertoire of films but through the creation of his production company and studios in Atlanta. Tyler Perry Studios was purchased in 2015 and today, it’s the largest film production studio in the U.S. It’s also a stop on our Black History and Civil Rights Tour! Tyler Perry does an impressive job of showcasing Black talent. Recent films include A Fall From Grace (2020), the extensive Madea franchise, Nobody’s Fool (2018), and The Single Mothers Club (2014), just to name a few. But beyond Perry’s success, there have been many other films spotlighting Black actors and creators. Marvel’s Black Panther broke countless records and allowed Black actors, producers, musicians, and Black heritage to shine through. To name a few more, we’ve hosted the sets of Selma (2014), Moonlight (2016), Ride Along (2014), Sleepless (2017), All Eyez on Me (2017), Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), and the list goes on!
Famed for its heartland charm, the Peach State has been providing timeless locations for films for a long time. The then-Governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter, established the Georgia Film Commission in 1972 to increase the state’s revenue and after Deliverance, a string of classic movies began to choose Georgia for their box office dollars. Some classics set or filmed here include Gone with the Wind (1939), The Visitor (1979), Invasion U.S.A. (1985), Catch Me If You Can (2002), and Into the Wild (2007). Both Georgia and Atlanta have proven time and time again that they can showcase a diverse range of locations, which has been making it the obvious choice for filmmakers since even before the Georgia Film Commission was established.
More recently, we’ve seen an unfair share of productions, overtaking California and Hollywood with the most major films being produced in Georgia than anywhere else in the U.S. A quick internet search will bring up the extensive list so we’ll name a few locations instead. The Swan House at The Atlanta History Center was the mansion of President Snow in The Hunger Games (2012) series. Piedmont Park has been the location for Anchorman 2 (2013) and What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012). The Georgian Terrace, built in 1910, can be seen in Gone with the Wind (1939), The Change-Up (2011), and Identity Thief (2013). Another hotel, the Atlanta Marriott Marquee, with its unique atrium was the hotel seen in The Hunger Games (2012), Flight (2012) with Denzel Washington, and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Even Clark Atlanta University was the site of Drumline (2002), We Are Marshall (2006), and Stomp the Yard (2007). If you’d like to visit any of these sites then we can happily arrange a custom tour for you!
If our backyard is good enough for millions of dollars of investment then we are sure that there is something here for you too. In 2019 alone we also saw, Jumanji: The Next Level, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Avengers: Endgame, Ford v. Ferrari, Annabelle Comes Home, Zombieland: Double Tap, and What Men Want. So get down to the Hollywood of the South and keep us in mind as the best transport option, the best tour operator, and the best local airport shuttle service in Atlanta! We look forward to seeing you soon.