How Pinewood Atlanta Studios is Transforming Georgia's Film Industry
Here is how Pinewood Atlanta Studios is quickly transforming Georgia's film industry to become the filmmaking capital of the world.Georgia's film industry is the fastest growing film production market in the world. With reports of Georgia's plan to overtake Los Angeles and become the filmmaking capital in the world, it interesting to see the forces that are making it possible. Outside of the 30% of the tax credit system provided by the Georgia Film Commission, Pinewood Atlanta Studios has helped Georgia become a force to be reckoned with in the film industry. According to their website, "Pinewood Atlanta Studios is a full service film and entertainment studio complex comprised of 11 sound stages on 700 acres in Fayetteville, Georgia USA, just south of Atlanta. This is a world-class studio purpose built for the production of film, television, music and video games." The film studio has 11 sound stages, 400,000 sq ft. of workshop, office and production support facilities, a backlot including rivers, forests, and open areas for filming, and an onsite media hub. Therefore, making Pinewood Atlanta Studios a one-stop-shop for filmmakers. Pinewood Atlanta Studios has become so influential in drawing major films that Marvel has basically called Atlanta the filmmaking capital of all of their future movies. As Project Casting reported Marvel's Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War, both filmed in Pinewood Atlanta Studios. And Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor: Ragnarok will also film Atlanta, Georgia. But, Pinewood Atlanta Studios is not stopping there. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, there are reports that the Georgia Film Academy, a government sponsored education program to increase the number of talented crew members in Georgia, will be housed in the newly constructed Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Last week, Pinewood Atlanta Studios architect Bill Foley told the Fayetteville City Council the academy would be located in the Pinewood Production Centre, across the street from the 288-acre studio complex where "Captain America 3: Civil War" is reportedly filming now. Foley said the academy would open this summer and the program would begin with 50 students. Pinewood developer Jim Pace said the studio has been working with film academy organizers for the past two years, and they have indicated they plan to be located at Pinewood. Pinewood is currently in the process of drafting a Letter of Intent with the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents.Pinewood Atlanta Studios is only going to continue to grow. According to announcement by the Pinewood Group, there was a spike in profits "driven by the newly operational Pinewood Atlanta Studios." In fact, In the year ending March 2015, Pinewood Atlanta Studios made $9.1 million in revenue and recorded a profit of about $2 million. If you are interested in a job with Pinewood Atlanta Studios and want to join this growing Georgia industry, then send your resume to [email protected].