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Amanda Brooke Avery

Manufactured rain poured as Frances Chang stood soaked to the bone and cold. It was the middle of the night, in the remaining chill of April, and the rain scene would have to be repeated over and over until the crew got the shot just right. They had been shooting for hours and wouldn’t wrap until 6 a.m. the following day.

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Alabama's largest city is opening a new film office in hopes of luring more movie productions to the area.

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Film Birmingham is now officially open for business after operating behind the scenes for more than a year, Al.com reported.

Film Birmingham, an initiative of Create Birmingham, is planning to launch a website targeting the film industry.

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Georgia's music industry could start to get more tax breaks like TV and film companies do under a bill set to be introduced this month.

State Rep. Matt Dollar from Marietta said a study committee found music is big in Georgia, but not all musicians stay here.  

Donald Glover, creator/executive producer/director, participates in the "Atlanta" panel during the FX Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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The TV show "Atlanta" debuts Tuesday night on FX. Filmed and set here, its creator is Atlanta native Donald Glover.

Glover was previously an actor on the TV program "Community," he was a writer on "30 Rock," and he raps as Childish Gambino.

He grew up in Stone Mountain and went to DeKalb School of the Arts

SCADFILM Looks To Put Atlanta Filmmakers In Charge

Aug 31, 2016
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At this point, we all know that Georgia has a growing film industry. Maybe you've seen Helen Mirren exiting a restaurant or stumbled across the cast of "Stranger Things" in the woods. Productions are hiring more and more people based in the South.

But Georgians are still trying to find a way to dominate all aspects of the filmmaking process. The Savannah College of Art and Design recently launched a program called SCADFILM to do just that.

Courtesy of Get Scene Studios And Highwire Comedy Co.

With Georgia’s film boom, acting studios are finding themselves with a much larger clientel and thus a little less space in their classes and their facilities.

Get Scenes Studios has hosted acting classes, castings and tapings for the past few years, and this summer, they moved into a bigger building to fill the growing need. They share the space with Highwire Comedy Co., a longform improv comedy troupe that also host classes for theater, improv and, increasingly, film actors.

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With Georgia's TV and film industry growing, there's increasing demand to find people in the state to fill crew positions like camera operators, lighting technicians and make-up artists.

But there's also a growing need for professionals who can parallel park while driving 80 miles per hour.

Stuntwoman Amy Tomberlin Cheek is an instructor with Bobby Ore Motorsports who lives in south Florida.

But because Georgia started offering film tax incentives, her company opened a new school in Dawsonville at the Atlanta Motorsports Park in late April.

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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Jennifer Lawrence attends "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" press line on day 1 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 9, 2015, in San Diego, Calif.
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When it comes to TV and film production, Georgia is booming. There are more than 30 TV shows and movies filming in the state this month alone, and hundreds of TV shows, films and music videos are made in Georgia every year. With so many in production, casting companies are always looking for talent and extras.

Four actors perform in a skit during the Indie Loop monthly showcase event in March.
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Atlanta’s burgeoning role in the feature film industry is the subject of a first-time conference taking place this weekend at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

The Indie Film Loop Festival, which begins Friday and ends on Sunday, is attracting independent film industry and cinematic creatives from around metro Atlanta and the region.

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As Georgia grows as a film hub, universities and colleges in the state are looking to create or expand their film programs.

Georgia State University is starting a new degree program that will help students find jobs in the film industry, and last month, SCAD announced that it was adding film and TV to its bachelor's degree in fine art program on its Atlanta campus.

“What you are seeing is a school with several locations responding to the fact that Atlanta is growing so much in the media landscape,” said Shawn Kasinger, SCAD Atlanta’s chair of television and film.

Old Doraville Assembly Plant Mostly Gone, Film Studio Coming

Jul 10, 2015
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The old General Motors Doraville plant along Interstate 285 near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard is mostly gone and a new development at the site is taking shape.

The Integral Group is part of the team leading the development, which includes Third Rail Studios as the anchor for a new media complex, called Assembly, after the old factory it’s replacing.

Project Executive with Integral Eric Pinckney explained during an interview on “A Closer Look” how developers sold Third Rail on the project.

Diversity Still Lacking In TV, Film Despite Progress

Jul 9, 2015
Actors and extras work during the filming of the Walking Dead, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Atlanta.
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There’s more diversity in TV and film than ever before, and there are plenty of examples of that progress, too.

A few of the big names that come to mind include Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes and Tyler Perry.

Last season’s FOX drama, “Empire,” with an all- African-American cast was a ratings smash.

“There’s clearly a move toward more diversity,” said HBO’s Vice President of Talent Development, Kelly Edwards, during an interview on “A Closer Look.”

Vampires And Traffic Collide In Covington, Ga.

May 5, 2015
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The city of Covington, Georgia may not ring a bell, but millions of people know about this little town southeast of Atlanta and may not even realize it.

The county seat of Newton County, Covington provided the background for scenes in the iconic television series “The Dukes of Hazard” and more recently in the “The Vampire Diaries.” The town has also had its share of cameos in the popular AMC cable series “The Walking Dead” and Liam Neeson's movie trilogy “Taken.” Covington is also home to the production company Triple Horse Studios.

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As the film industry booms, it’s almost normal to see synthetic zombies walking down Atlanta streets, fake fur werewolves scampering through fields or goat demons partaking in a witch’s ceremony.

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You might see them near freeway exits, at the corner of intersections or on the side of streets: little yellow signs with black lettering and an arrow.

These signs are put up by production companies filming all around Atlanta.

But if you’ve paid attention to what’s written on these signs, you’ll know that they don’t just say the name of the movie or TV show being filmed. Instead, they’ll have some seemingly unrelated word or collection of letters and numbers.