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The current Number 1 movie in the country, X-Men First Class, was shot in Georgia and several other major motion pictures filmed here will open later this year.  So why is Georgia a hot spot to shoot movies? Albany Convention and visitors Bureau Director Lisa Riddle has an answer.

"They are offering some great tax incentives here in the state to film movies and because of that we're growing in the industry and there's producers from everywhere looking to film TV shows, movies, commercials and everything here in Georgia," said Riddle.

The movie industry isn't the only one benefiting. Local companies thrive when Tinseltown comes to town.

"These people are coming and staying in communities and filling up hotel rooms. They're hiring local business to build sets and to rent equipment just to make these films go on," said Riddle.

Not only was Georgia the set of box office smash hits such as X-men and The Blind Side, shows like The Real Housewives of Atlanta were filmed here in the peach state.

Albany has seen its share of stars, from local filming companies to the big franchises such as Disney.

"We've had scenes from The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which is a Disney movie. I've talked to several other scouts that have been in the area looking for different places to film. Sherwood, of course, is in our portfolio of movies that have been filmed in Albany," said Riddle.

Nearly 300 productions have been shot in Georgia in the last year. The economic impact of the filming is estimated at 2.1 billion dollars. That's way Riddle hopes the film industry keeps Georgia on it mind.

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