Economic Impact

Georgia Film Industry

Film production in our community can have a significant economic impact. Below are some of the economic impact numbers from a number of recent productions that filmed here in Rockdale County.

2014

Goosebumps (Movie)

A young kid teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland. Conyers, Georgia stood in for Greendale along with Madison, Georgia. Main production offices were located at a leased building here in Conyers, which included sound stages and exterior sets. The production employed over 400 people during filming.

The Originals (Series)

This popular CW production is ready to start filming season two in Olde Town Conyers as well in their sound stages located here in Conyers where they also have their production offices.

Halt and Catch Fire (Series)

halt-and-catch-fireSet in the early 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. The production company used two residents homes in Conyers as sets for two of the series character’s homes in the first season.

Constantine

Constantine is an upcoming television series to air on NBC, based on the characters appearing in the comic series Hellblazer published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. Constantine has already filmed scenes in Olde Town Conyers and Costley Mill Park and will also be filming on Miller Bottom Road. The series is set to air October 24, 2014.

Bessie (Movie)

This HBO movie is the story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and ’30s. Olde Town Conyers was converted to 1920’s Chatanooga for filming.

The Sunday Horse (Movie)

The Sunday Horse movie is about a determined rider from the wrong side of the tracks, who after a near-fatal accident, on a horse the experts thought was nothing special, defies all the odds to pursue her dreams of winning a national jumping championship. The production company spent one week filming at the Georgia International Horse Park as well as the Rockdale Medical Center and numerous horse farms in Rockdale County.

Lockdown

This independent film filmed scenes in the Black Cat retail shop in Olde Town Conyers.

Selma

Selma, an upcoming American drama film directed by Ava DuVernay. The film is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC. Principal photography of the film began on May 20, 2014 in Atlanta with courtroom scenes shot in Conyers and Rockdale County in the Superior Courtroom of Judge Mumford. The film will receive a limited release on December 25, 2014, before opening wide on January 9, 2015.

Complications

This new USA Networks TV series will be filming scenes at Rockdale Medical Center in the middle of September.

2012-2013

PRISONERS (Movie)

BOOTS BAR HANK & JERRYS TAVERN 2012Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

During their 11 month time spent in Conyers/Rockdale the production company provided an economic impact of $4.4 million including production offices, locations, materials, local businesses and individuals, off-duty police, lodging contracts, gasoline, etc.

In addition location fees paid to property owners provided additional personal /disposable income that was available to be spent in our community.

We also hosted an open casting call for extras at the Rockdale Career Academy where more than 1,000 people came to our community.

ENDLESS LOVE (Movie)

Starring Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Robert Patrick, Joely Richardson

This 2.5 month film shoot provided $160,000 for locations, production materials, restaurants, lodging, off-duty police, local contractors, grocery stores, gasoline, etc. while filming in Olde Town Conyers, Costley Mill Road, and surrounding areas.

2012

IDENTITY THIEF (Movie)

Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet

This two month production spent over $90,000 in Conyers/Rockdale while filming in Olde Town Conyers, Costley Mill Road, and surrounding areas.  This included set locations, production materials purchased at local businesses large and small, off-duty police, local contractors, restaurants, gasoline, etc.

THE FOLLOWING (Pilot for FOX TV Series)

Starring Kevin Bacon

Estimated money spent in Conyers/Rockdale was approximately $100,000 during their 3 month stay here while filming at Salem Gate Shopping Center and surrounding areas. This included set locations, production materials purchased at local businesses large and small, off-duty police, local contractors, restaurants, grocery stores, gasoline, etc. etc.

2011

AMERICAN REUNION (Movie)

Starring Alyison Hannigan, Jason Biggs, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari

Estimated monies spent in Conyers/Rockdale was at $2 million dollars during their 10 month stay here while filming in Olde Town Conyers, Heritage and Salem High Schools, Costley Mill Park, GIHP and surrounding areas. This included 300,000 square feet of warehouse space for sound stage and production offices, set locations, production materials purchased at local businesses large and small, hotel lodging contracts, off-duty police, local contractors, restaurants, grocery stores, gasoline, etc. etc.

2010

FAST & FURIOUS 5 (Movie)

The Locations Director James Lin shared with us that during their 11 month stay here while filming FF5 they spent in Conyers/Rockdale $4.4 million dollars.  This included leasing more than a million square feet of warehouse space for sound stages and production offices, production materials purchased at local businesses large and small, hotel lodging contracts, off-duty police, local contractors, restaurants, grocery stores, gasoline, etc.