Lights,Camera, Athens!

Let’s bring the film industry to the Athens area...

Throughout 2012-2013, Film Athens will host “LIGHTS, CAMERA, ATHENS!” a series of two-day tours of Athens for the top film Location Managers, Producers and other high level film industry decision makers.

July 2012 Location Manger Tour of Athens

On the first tour held in July 2012 Film Athens hosted 8 Atlanta based location managers. In addition to an area tour both Saturday and Sunday, we and introduced them to representatives from the Athens Georgia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Athens Downtown Development, Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office, the University of Georgia Economic Development Foundation and Grady School of Journalism. These location managers have worked on many large budget projects, including X-MEN FIRST CLASS ($140 million budget), FOOTLOOSE ($25 million budget), NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ($80 million budget), and FAST FIVE ($125 million budget). They are crucial to the decision-making process of where a film or TV show will shoot.

All agree the tour was a resounding success!

See the cover story from the Athens Banner Herald »

Check out a bit of footage from the July tour:

Why is this important?
The film industry increases business in many different areas - accommodation, transportation, food service, professional technical services, accounting/payroll, legal, banking etc. It is a fun and exciting way to generate revenue for area businesses, the city, citizens of Athens and it offers free publicity that will help to increase tourism and raise the profile of our area. 

The Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act of 2008 has placed Georgia among the top five states in the nation for film and TV production.

In Georgia’s 2011 Fiscal Year:
  • 336 feature films, TV movies, TV series, commercials and music videos produced in Georgia
  • Direct spending in Georgia by entertainment companies was more than $689.3 million
  • Productions shot in Georgia delivered an economic impact of $2.4 billion
  • Film-induced tourism spending has been conservatively estimated at $429 million, generating $33 million in state and local tax revenues since 2005 

Check out 2011-12 Intern Connor Pannell's mini-documentary Lights, Camera, Athens!