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Savannah Historic District, with its oak-shaded parks and Spanish moss looming over cobblestone streets, is like stepping into the past even before a film crew has performed their wizardry. It’s no wonder the upcoming Civil War-themed drama Emperor settled there after scouting all over the South. In search of a period fort in good condition, co-writer and director Mark Amin says Savannah didn’t disappoint: “We found Fort Jackson in Savannah, which we could cheat as Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia, so we thought we’d found the perfect location. We also found a period plantation with slave shacks, which is really hard to find.”
“The shoot was 28 days long, with at least 10 filming locations; one Savannah location that was particularly memorable was a road next to a lake, where the road was separated from the lake by a few trees and you could see the lake through the trees—all very beautiful,” Amin recalls. “There was also the road leading up to Wormsloe plantation, which is now a state historic site, where trees arch over the road to create a tunnel effect.” Amin also praises the GA tax credit, Savannah’s individual tax credit on top of it, as well as local crews: “Our first A.D. was especially good—I started calling him ‘Jedi’ by the end of the shoot.”
Given that it’s reportedly set around the turn of the century, it’s not surprising that Disney chose Savannah to film its upcoming live-action Lady and the Tramp. (The film is rumored to be the first that will debut on Disney’s yet-to-be-unveiled streaming site in 2019.) The upcoming Will Smith vs. Will Smith sci-fi film Gemini Man also filmed in Savannah’s Wright Square over the summer, while the Sylvester Stallone-starring action film Backtrace filmed on Hutchinson Island earlier in the year. Having served as 2nd Assistant Director on Lady and the Tramp and the Liam Hemsworth thriller Killerman, Witt Lacy has kind words for Savannah as a place to work and live. “The town is inviting and the locations are gorgeous, and it wasn’t long until I was met with Southern warmth both in weather and heart” he says. “After working a few gigs, I realized there was lots of potential in Savannah.” As for constructive criticism, Lacy says Savannah needs “more film infrastructure, crew, and stage space to accommodate needs of larger projects, or multiple projects; the city is working to rectify those problems with additional incentives and rebates. Savannah has been growing into a viable, beautiful filming location, but she still has growing to do.”
IMPORTANT CITY OF SAVANNAH MEETING
Please plan to attend the City of Savannah’s Public Forum to Discuss a Special Event Ordinance. This is your opportunity to let City leaders know what the film industry means to you. This forum will directly impact film policy for years to come.
Let your voice be heard!
WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Savannah Civic Center Ballroom, 321 W. Oglethorpe St.
Also, please take a moment to complete the City of Savannah’s survey on this issue:
Link to survey: http://bit.ly/answersurveyfilm
Entertainment Production industry generates
$120.1 million in direct spend in Savannah region in 2018
Numbers reflect largest direct spend to date
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Today, the Savannah Area Film Office announced that in 2018, the entertainment production industry generated $120.1 million in direct spend leading to a staggering $253.6 million economic impact for the region. In 2017, the direct economic spend was $65 million with an economic impact of $137.9 million.
“We set out five years ago to grow the film and television production industry and further diversify the regional economy. With the support of the SEDA board and engagement of so many key community partners pulling in the same direction, we have seen incredible growth,” said Trip Tollison, President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority. “The numbers we report today are not an accident but the result of a well-executed strategy. I am very proud of the team at SEDA who have been involved since day one, Brynn Grant and Ralph Singleton in particular, as well as the film office executive director Beth Nelson and her team Katie Schuck, Catalina Alcaraz-Guzman and Andy Young who are the best in the business. We still have ground to cover, but this kind of progress is worth celebrating.”
Executive Director of the Savannah Area Film Office Beth Nelson said, “Over the past several years through marketing and direct day to day contact with the industry we have been able to increase the awareness of all Savannah has to offer for tv series, feature films, commercials and more.”
“This would not be possible without the quality product we have in the region from the historic district to Tybee Island to the other smaller towns and neighborhoods, along with the invaluable cooperation we receive from residents who recognize that these productions mean good jobs and a better economy for all,” Nelson added. “We would be remiss if we didn’t thank our partners including the City of Savannah and Chatham County for helping provide a nearly seamless experience when productions are here on location. Those professionals are always doing their best to make sure they protect the interests of citizens while working to make every production successful. None of this progress would be possible without them.”
From 2010-2014 the entertainment production direct spend was a combined $58 million, 2015 – $59 million, 2016 – $61 million and in $2017 – $65 million.
In 2018, 208 professional productions and 147 students productions were filmed with one of the biggest productions to date being Gemini Man directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee and starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.
Savannah also landed Disney’s Lady and The Tramp; the Hulu anthology, The Act starring Patricia Arquette, Chloë Sevigny and Joey King as well as Pop TV’s new comedy series Florida Girls.
In September, the SEDA Board of Directors voted unanimously to extend the Savannah Entertainment Production Incentives for three more years. These incentives are in addition to the tax credit the state of Georgia offers.
“The Savannah Entertainment Production Incentives combined with the state of Georgia’s tax credit program, have significantly raised Savannah’s profile as a desired location for entertainment production,” said Tollison. “The renewal of the incentives for the next three years helps solidify the industry for our region.”
Nelson said, “The incentives, our diversity of locations, the efficiency of the film office and our partners are keys to this success, but we still have work to do. In 2019, we still need adequate sound stage space for productions and we are actively looking to secure a direct flight from Los Angeles to Savannah.”
The Savannah Area Film Office also announced that their name would be changing January 1 to the Savannah Regional Film Commission. The name change is in line with the national industry standard as outlined by the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI).
“Film Commission is an internationally recognized known and standardized name for film offices,” said Nelson. “It is the term producers, studio executives, location managers and other industry professionals use when referring to a local film office. Changing the name to the Savannah Regional Film Commission is much more effective for industry communication.”
The Gloria Steinem biopic will be filmed in Savannah. They are currently casting background to appear in the film. All ethnicities and all genders.
Also looking for:
SEEKING FEMALES ALL ETHNICITIES
FOR THE FILM “The Glorias”
Non-Union Background Talent
Powerful adult females for scenes portraying “Ambassadors” from all around the world in 2016 at a conference. We want all you powerhouse, smart women for this film! For THIS call, you must be available for a costume fitting on 12/18 or 12/19 to film on January 17th.
Rate is $80/8 plus $20 for costume fitting.
CYNTHIA STILLWELL CASTING IS SEEKING PAID SAVANNAH EXTRAS for the new TV series “THE ACT,” working Nov 8 + 9, for a “costume convention” type series of scenes. You must have costume pieces or be able to attend a costume fitting in downtown Savannah THIS SUNDAY Nov 4, or sometime next week (times TBD). If you are available for this, please email us ASAP with the following info listed, AND a pic of yourself in your regular daily look, plus if you have a cool costume or wig – the more homemade the better – send us a pic! We would LOVE to hire groups of friends or family, but —
YOU MUST BE OVER 18 FOR THIS PARTICULAR CASTING CALL – NO MINORS.
Rate = $80/8 guaranteed per day plus $50 if your car is seen on camera, plus $20 if you attend a costume fitting.
subject: Cosplay nov 8 + 9 savannah
Last name, First Name
car info (year color make model)
height and sizes
If you can’t make these days, but are interested in working on the series, submit a general email with the same info, and we will try to cast you on another day.
Looking for a few more Party Goers for an Island Party tomorrow morning, Tuesday and Wednesday. Any Ethnicity, Ages 18 and up, May apply again if you have already worked.
Works: October 30th, 31st
40 – Party Goers – works 1 to 2 days – Rate: $75/8
#1 – (10/30) need 40 party goers
#2 – (10/31) need 2 male African American party goers
#3 – ( 10/30 & 10/31) both days 2 male African American party goers
Subject: Party Goer (# for the date available)
Please include in the body of the email;
City of Residence:
Tattoo: yes/no – must be able to have tattoo release signed or to cover tattoo(s) up
Along with 2 current pictures (shoulders up and full body)(no hats, sunglasses or other people – current selfies in good lighting)
Must be willing to work as a local to Savannah, GA. Transportation and Lodging are NOT provided.