Famous Films Shot in Atlanta

Famous Films Shot in Atlanta

Atlanta is the hub of finance, entertainment, research, media, technology, and education within the state of Georgia. It is also known for its superb landmarks and amazing landscapes. Because of this some of the best films that have entertained audiences worldwide have been shot in this city. The following are some of the best films that have ever been shot in Atlanta:

Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)

It’s about a marriage counselor who threw her marriage and career into chaos when she fell for a young billionaire. It was filmed at Tyler Perry’s studios in this city.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

This film displays some of Atlanta’s landmarks; Georgia World Congress Center, Goat Farm Arts Center, Swan House, and Marriott Marquis hotel. These were captured during the shooting of the first half of this big film. It starred Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, and Josh Hutcherson.

The Internship (2013)

This film was shot on the Georgia Tech campus, around midtown and downtown Atlanta. The lead casts were Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

It was filmed in a number of metro Atlanta locations. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton played the lead roles.

The Homesman (2014)

Some major scenes of this film took place in the living history museum, Historic Westville. It is found in Lumpkin; a tiny town located in the southwest of Georgia.

Need for Speed (2014)

This action film, starring Aaron Paul was shot at the 13th Street Bridge in Columbus, Macon, and Braselton.

Selma (2014)

This film, produced by Oprah Winfrey, is about Martin Luther King’s journey from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. It was filmed mostly in the beautiful city of Atlanta; it acted as a center of most of Martin’s work and the civil rights movement. Key scenes were shot at the Rockdale County Courthouse and Marietta Square, Flat Road, Gregory Road and Airport Road in Newton County.  Here is a trailer of the award winning movie.

Blended (2014)

This is a romantic comedy that starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. It was filmed at Buford, Gainesville, and Lake Lanier.

Sabotage (2014)

This film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger who played the role of the head of a DEA; a Special Operations Team. It was shot in various spots around Georgia. They include Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Coweta County.

The above films are just some of the famous ones, the list is endless! There are some that were shot as early as in the 1970s.  While not quite in league with Hollywood or New York, Atlanta has a rich history of film making.

Getting to the Big Screen

Getting to the Big Screen

You have dreamt of being a screenwriter your whole life, you have your Academy Award acceptance speech already written in your head.  You have read all the “how to” books and you have more movie trivia tucked away inside your brain than any person you know.  You have the plot of your brilliant movie, you’ve got the characters down pat and 37 drafts backed up on your MacBook.

You have written and re-written, deleted and polished your baby until you’re ready to show it to the world.  You have had beta readers go over it with a fine tooth comb and now they all love the story.  Now your story is ready to hit the big screen, the question is now, how do you get it to the big screen.

Getting it to the Big Screen

How do you get your masterpiece on screen?  One option is to start your own IndieGoGO campaign, but that could take awhile, a very long while.  You could pull out your checkbook and start producing it yourself, but you probably can’t afford that either.  Perhaps you should try a more traditional route.

You can try entering into a screen play competition but be prepared to be up against thousands of other entries.  All hoping their flick will land an agent willing to pitch it to the studios.  You can try contacting actors and producers on your own hoping to get into the hands of a Hollywood insider with the clout to get it produced.

Getting Past the Gatekeeper

No matter how you go about getting it into the hands of a producer you will have to deal with a Gatekeeper.  They are the people that take your script and turn it into a 2-3 page summary.  Their job was to is to filter out the fluff and put forth the good stuff.  They have more influence than you give them credit for and their opinions hold a lot of sway and it is their job to tell you know, you need to make them say yes.

To put this into perspective if you want to run a script by a Brad Pitt’s production company, the Gatekeepers are the ones who are going to decide if he ever sees it.  Even if your script would be something that he would be interested in producing or starring in, it’s the Gatekeeper who you have to impress.  Hollywood looks for strong scripts from established writers.  Breaking into the industry means being persistent and keep submitting until you get the yes you are looking for.