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The movie-making business in Georgia is growing rapidly.

In the last fiscal year, TV and film production companies spent about $800 million dollars in the state, that's an increase of about 28% over the previous year.

Last year, Disney shot scenes for "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" in Albany and Dawson, and the Sherwood Baptist Church movies were all filmed here.

The manager of Albany's Convention and Visitors Bureau says another big-time movie recently inquired about filming here, and each shoot has a positive impact on our economy. Rashelle Beasley said, "They have to eat in our restaurants, they have to purchase gas, they have to have a place to stay. They have to do everything away from home like go to Wal mart and all of those different places."

The state credits the growth to a tax break for television and film companies that went into effect in 2008.

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