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'Camera Ready' works to bring more films to South GA

Senior Film Specialist Craig Dominey says production companies do have interest in Southwest Georgia (Source: WALB) Senior Film Specialist Craig Dominey says production companies do have interest in Southwest Georgia (Source: WALB)
More than 300 feature films and TV shows were shot in Georgia during the last fiscal year (Source: WALB) More than 300 feature films and TV shows were shot in Georgia during the last fiscal year (Source: WALB)
A block of W. Society Ave. served as a setting for one of the scenes in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" (Source: WALB) A block of W. Society Ave. served as a setting for one of the scenes in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" (Source: WALB)
Albany's sand dunes are the only dunes in Georgia that can portray a desert in a film (Source: WALB) Albany's sand dunes are the only dunes in Georgia that can portray a desert in a film (Source: WALB)
Production companies can spend a lot of money which helps a city's economy (Source: WALB) Production companies can spend a lot of money which helps a city's economy (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

In 1940, the first movie filmed in Albany hit the big screen.

Albany makes it onto the big screen

The film, “The Biscuit Eater”, featured areas of the Good Life City. The mayor at the time asked the production company to credit Albany within the first two minutes of the film.

But it’s been several years since Albany has seen a film production.

15 minutes of fame just isn't enough

The last time the city served as a backdrop for a major motion picture was back in 2012. Walt Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” used a block of West Society Avenue for a bike riding scene.

Albany Film Liaison Rashelle Beasley worked with film representatives on “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”. The 36-member crew shot in Albany for five days resulting in an economic impact of $56,360.

Beasley said a lot of filmmakers are now choosing to shoot their movies inside studios.

Should Albany invest in a studio?

“A lot of things they can do in studio. They can take a setting and film everything on a green screen and put everything in the background,” Beasley explained.

Does our region need a movie studio? WALB asked Albany Mayor Pro Tem Roger Marietta.

When it comes to bringing the film industry to Albany, Marietta said it’s all about collaboration.

“It’s a competitive business and everyone is very creative. And I’m not an expert, this is just my observation, but everyone is very individualistic,” Marietta said.

In June, CineDome Studios CEO Lydia McGee stood in front of Dougherty Co. leaders to propose building a 120,00 square foot dome studio. McGee said in a WALB interview last month that she would be bringing down potential investors to the area soon.

“Here, you have a wide variety of terrain, culture, and other things that I think will bring people down,” McGee said.

Is there something else Albany can do to make it big?

But Georgia’s Senior Film Location Specialist Craig Dominey said it doesn’t necessarily take a studio to bring production companies to our area.

“What I always recommend to the communities is that you take stock of the filming locations that you have,” Dominey said.

Beasley said the most appealing locations in Albany include the Flint River, the sand dunes, and our historic downtown.

Dominey said the best way to attract more films to our area is by having an impressive Camera Ready website.

Camera Ready is an online catalog featuring possible filming locations.

The best part is that anyone can submit pictures of their properties.

If people begin to add more pictures of their unique locations, we could see “Filmed in Albany, Georgia, back in the credits soon.

Albany isn't the only South Georgia area to be starstruck

Several other cities have welcomed the film industry. Below is an interactive map of locations filming locations in the area:

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