Category Filming News

Film Appreciation Day

The economic impact of local movies and television production was in sharp focus Wednesday morning as Randy Mills, mayor of Conyers, and Oz Nesbitt, chairman of the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners, proclaimed Wednesday to be Film Industry Appreciation Day.

The city and county leaders each read a proclamation at e-station on Commercial Street in Olde Town Conyers and presented them to representatives of production companies before a sizeable crowd of local citizens, officials and merchants.

In his proclamation, Mills said that Conyers and Rockdale County have long been desirable film locations “since the days of filming the iconic television series ‘In the Heat of the Night’ and ‘Dukes of Hazzard...

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2016 2Q Film Update

CREDC continues to actively recruit film industry productions to locate production offices in our community as well as to bring on location filming into our community.

CREDC recently reported that John Raulet, President of Raulet Property Partners, purchased 2030 East Park Drive (East Mountain Studios) and Warner Bros. Entertainment has leased the property for five years. They will occupy the building in July when Bonanza Productions returns to begin filming Season 4 of The Originals.

Renamed Eastside Stageworks, this 134,000sf building on 23 acres complements Raulet’s existing television/film production studio properties Mailing Avenue Stageworks at Grant Park; and Westside Stageworks in the Fulton Industrial area.


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Eastside Stageworks Coming to Conyers

eastside stageworks

Built by Takahashi Works in 1990 to manufacture heavy equipment cabs (think front end loaders and tractors), in 2000 this plant closed. The property was purchased by Clarence Hall in 2005.

This 130,000sf building on 23 acres remained empty until 2009 when Georgia’s Entertainment Industry Investment Act (film tax credits) brought more than 300+ film productions to the state...

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Warner Bros Makes Donation to Rockdale Career Academy

Warner Bros at RCA

Warner Bros. Entertainment executives toured RCA on March 23, which ended in a generous surprise donation from the film and television entertainment giant.

Mary-Elizabeth Michaels, Director of Community Affairs for Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Trish Standard, Line Producer for The Vampire Diaries, were guests at RCA along with Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council (CREDC) Director Marty Jones, CREDC Project Manager and Camera Ready Liaison Gina Hartsell, and RCA board members. The group toured the facilities and spoke with program instructors and students.

Dual pathway student Taylor Le impressed Michaels with a spontaneous explanation about one of her projects that went from concept and design in Architecture to an actual build she completed in Construction.

Trish Standard sto...

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Filming brings major economic impact to Rockdale

Rockdale News

With metro Atlanta now known as “Hollywood South” for a bevy of major movie and TV show productions, Rockdale is among the places reaping the financial rewards-and gaining a bit of glamor along the way.

In the past five years, about 40 different productions have filmed here, pumping an estimated $20 million in the local economy, according to the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council.

Some stay briefly, like the new supernatural adventure show “Constantine” that filmed here over the summer and premiered this week on NBC. But the big impact comes from long-term productions that plant roots and spend big on wages, supplies and food.

“The Originals” is the best-known example...

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‘Sunday Horse’ co-producer visits RCA

Rockdale News

On a random Friday in May, Rockdale Career Academy students scored a lucky break when a Hollywood producer stopped in to give some insider insight. In town to scout locations for his upcoming film, “The Sunday Horse,” Co-Producer John Duffy asked CREDC’s Gina Hartsell to help arrange a session. RCA’s Dr. Miki Edwards and James Dinsmore, the video production instructor, were pleased to comply.

Duffy was impressed with the curriculum and technology. “I wish I would have had a place like this to study in high school. It would have made things much easier.” As he told his students for the afternoon, film making was a “fifth career” for him after various detours as a janitor, substitute teacher, counselor for runaways and actor...

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AMC show, ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ filming in Conyers

By Aimee Jones

Rockdale Citizen

CONYERS — There’s going to be a carjacking on Main Street Friday, and it will be caught on film.

The scene won’t involve criminals or victims, though. Rather, it will be carried out by actors for the AMC show, “Halt and Catch Fire” that has been filming in Conyers.

Gina Hartsell, project manager and Camera Ready liaison for the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council said the television show, which is filming its first full season, has been shooting at about four different locations this week, such as on Ga. Highway 20 between Zingara and Carr roads; North Main Street; Rockbridge Road; and in the area of Rockdale Industrial Boulevard and Irwin Bridge Road.

Hartsell said that even though the carjacking scene on ...

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TV, film production brings economic boon to area

By Jay Jones

Rockdale Citizen

CONYERS — As Jessica Lowery explains it, to be a good vampire stalker in Olde Town Conyers, you’ll need comfortable walking shoes and a fully-charged camera rather than wooden stakes and garlic.

The filming of the television series “The Originals” in and around Conyers has garnered its share of attention from fans of the show and the curious since production began in July. The production that has turned Center Street into the French Quarter of New Orleans has also brought a welcomed economic boost to the area.

Lowery struck on the idea for leading tours from her and her daughter’s interest in “The Vampire Diaries” series that is filmed mainly in Covington. They started a blog in 2010 called the Vampire Stalkers...

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Fox series ‘Sleepy Hollow’ to begin filming in Rockdale County

By Aimee Jones

Rockdale Citizen

CONYERS — Rockdale County will be the new site of another popular television series.

The Fox TV series, “Sleepy Hollow,” which had been filmed in Wilmington, N.C., is slated to begin filming its third season this summer in Conyers.

Gina Hartsell, project manager and camera ready film liaison for the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council Inc., told members of the CREDC board of directors Thursday that the state of North Carolina adjusted its film incentives, prompting the producers to move filming to Georgia.

She said Rockdale County was in competition with several other locations across the state.

Hartsell said the production company has leased two former Hill Phoenix facilities, one a 190,000-square-foot buildin...

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Bessie Premiers on HBO Tonight

The HBO biopic Bessie starring Queen Latifah premiers tonight on HBO. The movie shot scenes in Olde Town Conyers for the movie.

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