Atlanta, Georgia,, home of the Georgia Film Industry

While Georgia is well known for being the Peach State and home of good Southern hospitality, did you know that the film industry in Georgia is thriving and rapidly growing? Atlanta is the center of the Georgia film industry, with a number of major film studios and production companies based in the city. The film industry in Georgia is a major contributor to the state’s economy, bringing in billions of dollars each year. In fact, Georgia is now the third largest state in the US for film and television production, behind only California and New York.

For those interested in working in film and television in Georgia, you’ll be thrilled to learn how the Georgia film industry has helped bring great stories to the big screen through these six film career fields:

1. Directors

Directors are responsible for overseeing all aspects of a film or TV show, from pre-production to post-production. They work closely with writers, producers, and other creative team members to bring their vision to life on the screen. In Georgia, directors have worked on a number of high-profile projects, including “The Walking Dead,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Stranger Things.”

2. Producers

Producers are the business brains behind a film or TV show, responsible for overseeing the financial and logistical aspects of a project. They work closely with writers, directors, and other team members to develop budgets, secure funding, and ensure that everything runs smoothly. In Georgia, producers have worked on a number of TV shows and major films, such as “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War”.

3. Actors

Actors bring characters to life on the screen, using their vocal and physical talents to bring scripts to life. In order to succeed as an actor, you will need to have strong acting skills, a good understanding of character development, and the ability to take direction well. The film industry in Georgia has a number of opportunities for aspiring actors to get their start, with many major films and TV shows casting actors from the state. A few successful actors you might recognize who are from Georgia are Donald Glover, Julia Roberts, and Tyler Perry. 

4. Cinematography

Cinematographers, also known as directors of photography, are responsible for capturing the visual style of a film or TV show. They work closely with directors and other creative team members to create the look and feel of a project, using lighting, camera placement, and other techniques to bring the story to life. In Georgia, cinematographers have worked on a number of high-profile projects, including “The Antenna,” “Cherry,” and “Jurassic World: Dominion”.

5. Stunt Doubles

Stunt double careers in Georgia allow professionals to perform high-risk stunts in film and TV productions. Georgia has a number of successful stunt doubles, such as Heidi Moneymaker (Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Mark Ginther (Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). To succeed as a stunt double in Georgia, you’ll need to be physically fit, highly skilled in various stunt techniques, and able to work well with others.

6. Screenwriting

Screenwriters are responsible for creating the written scripts that form the basis of film and television projects. They work closely with directors, producers, and other creative team members to bring their vision to life on the screen. In Georgia, screenwriters have had a hand in creating a number of popular TV shows and films, including many of the TV shows and films mentioned above.

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Overall, the Georgia film industry offers a wide range of career opportunities for people interested in working in the film and television industry. Whether you want to work in front of the camera or behind the scenes, there are resources and support available to help you succeed. With hard work, dedication, and a little bit of luck, you can build a fulfilling and rewarding career in the Georgia film industry.

Want to get more of an inside scope on the film industry in general, be sure to check out King of the Hill writer Michael Jamin’s podcast, Screenwriters Need to Hear This. And if your mission is to become a screenwriter, you’ll definitely want to jump into his screenwriting courses!

Michael Jamin, Showrunner, TV Writer, Author

Phil Hudson

Phil Hudson is the Co-Host of Screenwriters Need To Hear This with Micahel Jamin. He's worked on TV & Film projects like Rhett and Link's Buddy System, Quasi, and Tacoma FD, where he is an Associate Producer. Phil has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Film - Story Development from Santa Fe University of Art & Design, where he was a Robert Redford Scholar.

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