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Georgia named top filming location worldwide

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A nonprofit film office in Los Angeles, FilmL.A., released a new report that names Georgia the number one filming location worldwide.

The study analyzes the 100 highest-performing U.S. feature films released theatrically during 2016. It also examined how much money it took to make each film and how much of that money was spent in the filming location.

Georgia ranked at the top with 17 movies. The Peach State beat out other places like the UK, Canada and even California.

In 2015, the same report put Georgia in the third spot.

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The blockbuster films shot in Georgia last year include:

  • Passengers
  • Hidden Figures
  • Allegiant
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Barbershop: The Next Cut
  • Boo! A Madea Halloween
  • Dirty Grandpa
  • Office Christmas party
  • Ride Along 2
  • Miracles from Heaven
  • The 5th Wave
  • The Nice Guys
  • The Accountant
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • Almost Christmas
  • The Boss
  • Mother’s Day

Atlanta isn’t the only city playing host to production crews.

Zac Efron and “The Rock” spent some time in Savannah filming Baywatch. The scenes in Forrest Gump where Forrest sat on a bench and told his tale to strangers were also shot in Savannah. Magic Mike’s sequel, Magic Mike XXL, was also shot in Savannah.

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Albany was home to the productions of Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and most recently, Courageous.

Parts of Need for Speed were filmed in Columbus and several scenes in Lawless were filmed in Troup and Carroll counties. 

Georgia was also the filming location for several other major movies throughout the years such as SelmaFast Five, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Blind Side, The Founder, Remember the Titans, The Internship, and Madea’s Big Happy Family

The Walking Dead, The Dukes of Hazard, 24: Legacy, Chrisley Knows Best, Family Feud, and Teen Wolf are just some of the TV shows that have also been filmed in Georgia as well.

The state said that in 2015, Georgia-based film and television productions generated an economic impact of $6 billion. Georgia offers qualifying productions a 20% tax credit, plus an additional tax credit of 10% for productions that embed a Georgia promotional logo in the film's title or credits.

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