The Georgia Economic Development Department’s Film Office announced that all 159 counties in the state have been designated as “Camera Ready.”
Georgia’s Camera Ready Community Program connects film and television productions with county liaisons who can help production companies with local expertise and support.
The Camera Ready program, the first of its kind in the nation, was established in 2010 to help develop and sustain Georgia’s film and television industry.
The designation is provided to counties after training and certification on how to work effectively with production companies and provide one-on-one assistance at the local level for everything from location scouting to permits, catering, lodging and traffic control during the filming.
When the program began, only 16 of the state’s 159 counties were certified as Camera Ready. With the final 20 counties now certified, Governor Nathan Deal congratulated every community in Georgia for taking part in the program and making Georgia a more attractive place for film and television production.
Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office Deputy Commissioner Lee Thomas noted that with every county now prepared to assist the film industry, Georgia is better equipped to welcome and serve more productions statewide.
The program’s home page on the Georgia.org site shows you a location scout map and a full clickable map view of all the Camera Ready counties in the state. You can click-through to see detailed information about each county including contact information for the local liaison.
Apart from the top filming locations and photos of said locations in the county, the information provided also includes the topography, nearest airports, lodging, shopping, restaurants, hospitals, etc.
You can also download the full set of county liaison contacts across the state.
Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr said the Camera Ready liaisons play an essential role in attracting movie and television projects to Georgia, and added that the industry is already having a significant impact in communities across the state creating new jobs, investment opportunities, new tourism products and beyond.
When the Camera Ready program was launched in 2010, the industry’s economic impact in the state for fiscal year 2010 was pegged at $1.33 billion.
In fiscal year 2014, more than 158 feature film and television productions were shot in Georgia, leading to $1.4 billion direct spending by the productions and a total industry economic impact of $5.1 billion. The industry now employs more than 77,900 Georgians.