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Impact of movie and TV industry in Savannah


It’s no secret that Georgia has plenty to offer movie and TV production crews, and we’ve seen evidence of that with plenty of recent filming projects including here in Savannah.

Adam Sandler and David Spade’s movie the “Do Over” finished production this summer, and there are already a handful of projects scheduled to begin this fall.

There are plenty of settings that give the Savannah area, and Chatham County as a whole, a leg up on bigger metropolitan areas around Georgia.

"There's plenty of people who think we're going to go to Georgia and film a movie and they think Atlanta. But Atlanta has a lot of stuff. They've got big buildings, they've got lots of cars, but they don't have an ocean,” said Benjamin Blackmon, vice president of IATSE Local.

The diverse set possibilities are just part of what keeps the movie and TV industry coming back to the Coastal Empire. WTOC checked in with the Savannah Film Office to see what is on the horizon for this fall.

"There are four projects in the works for the fall,” said Kimberly Brinson, Savannah Film Office.

Brinson added other productions are already looking at the winter, but can't give us the juicy details on who or what to expect just yet.

As far as large movie productions go, Brinson said the overall success of the “Do Over” in the Savannah area shows other companies how ready Savannah is.

"The Do Over bent over backwards to make sure that they were as friendly to the community as possible,” said Brinson.

We hear about the economic benefit from movie crews coming into Savannah and Chatham County. Often times it's the local International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees that reap some of the benefits.

"It's just great to know that there's union members in Savannah who are paying their bills with movie money. It's not just people coming into town, making money and leaving. It is people right here in Savannah that are making money,” said Blackmon.

The union added they are always welcoming more members because the movie industry is only growing in Coastal Georgia.

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