East Point is proud to be one of Fulton County’s “Camera Ready” communities. “Camera Ready” is a special designation given by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office (FMDE). The program assists counties across Georgia in attracting film and TV production.
Georgia’s movie business is booming. Many movies and TV series have been filmed in Georgia through the years, like “Fried Green Tomatoes”, “Driving Miss Daisy” and “In the Heat of the Night”, but you may wonder why the sudden increased interest now? Well it is primarily due to the 2008 enactment of a 30% tax credit on a minimum of $500,000 spent on film production in Georgia. Since then, Georgia has seen an influx of movies, including the Blind Side, the remake of Footloose, the Odd Life of Timothy Green, the Change-Up and many more. Scenes from the Devil’s Knot, Prisoners, The Walking Dead, Constantine and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family were filmed right here in East Point, as were scenes for MTV’s Teen Wolf and the popular Vampire Diaries series to name a couple. The City is well-positioned for future projects due to plans by film mogul, Tyler Perry, to redevelop 330 acres of the old Fort McPherson U.S. Army base, and build a massive, 16 sound stage studio lot.
So why is this so important? Georgia receives billions of dollars in economic benefit from the film industry ($7 billion in Fiscal Year 2016 alone). When film companies come to a location to shoot, they buy materials for backdrops/sets, they eat out and stay in area hotels, hire locals for various services, all the while hopefully scouting for the next film site. In addition, they typically pay the property owner for the time/use of their property. East Point is in the process of compiling photos of potentially available properties for the state website (where the movie companies do some of their site selection research). For more information about the “Camera Ready” program in Georgia, please visit www.georgia.org/cameraready.
For Property Owners: If you are interested in your building, land or home being a part of the program, please send an email with photos to email@example.com.
Film scouts need a variety of sizes, styles and period correct homes – if you have a home that is “preserved in time” – 60’s, 70’s etc., you could be their next location!
For Film Production Companies: We are excited you have chosen to film in the City of East Point! We are ready to help you with many of your film location needs and we can assist with as little or as much as you would like. We offer assistance with:
- Location Scouting within the City (including our own buildings)
- Film Shoot Coordination
- Crew Parking Locations
- Potential Base Camp Sites (some offering utilities as well)
- Food Service Facilities for your Caterer
- Road Closure or Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC)
. . . And much more!
All filming related activities affecting or involving the use of the Public Right of Way (roadside, sidewalks, etc.), City Buildings or City Land or any form of Road Closure or Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC) must be coordinated through the Camera Ready Contact and the Department of Planning & Community Development, ideally two weeks in advance (although accommodations can be made for fast paced filming schedules).
Contact the Camera Ready Contact to get started!