Georgia’s film program is on track to surpass the $1 billion it brought to the state in 2010.
A Denzel Washington film will start shooting in Atlanta in October, marking the next big budget project to come to the state.
The film is run by Paramount Pictures and directed by Robert Zemeckis, who won an Academy Award for “Forrest Gump.”
It’s called “Flight”, about a commercial airline pilot who saves 98 lives when he safely lands a damaged plane.
Film directors are drawn to Georgia in part because of the tax credit program in place, said Peter Stathopoulos, shareholder at Atlanta accounting firm Bennett Thrasher P.C.
“It’s attracted a large amount of investment in the state,” he said.
The credits work like this: filmmakers who agree to do a project here register with the Department of Economic Development. Once a project has spent $500,000 in the state, it qualifies for the credit.
The credit will cover up to 30 percent of the expenditures of making a movie, television show or commercial here.
“If you make your movie in Georgia versus a state that doesn’t have an incentive, it’s 30 percent cheaper,” Stathopoulos said. “That’s a compelling reason to make your movie here.”
Before the program, the state’s production economy sat around $30 million, and most of that came from Turner Broadcasting System Inc., he said.
In 2010, $1 billion was spent on movie projects in the state, including the television shows “Walking Dead” and “Vampire Diaries” and the recently released feature films “Contagion” and “The Change-Up.”
And there’s a secondary market for the incentives.
If a film production doesn’t have any tax liability, it can’t use the credits to offset that tax, rendering it useless.
Instead, it can sell the credits to individuals or companies who do have income tax liability.
The market for the credits usually runs at 80 cents or 90 cents on the dollar, meaning a person owing a large amount of income tax can buy the credits at a discount, rather than paying the tax in full.
“They’re really versatile,” Stathopoulos said of the credits. “It’s an easy way to monetize the credits and it defrays part of the capital raise for the film,” he said.
Article written by Kat Greene for Atlanta Business Chronicle
Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s next show is the
sparkling romantic musical
This music and dance extravaganza follows the jazzy whirl of New York high society in the “Roaring 20’s.” Popular but penniless Susy and her friend Nick devise a get-rich-quick scheme to marry and live off their wedding presents while they help one another look for suitable millionaires. The plan works perfectly… until they fall in love. Based on Edith Wharton’s 1922 novel, this delightful Jazz Age romp asks the age-old question: marry for love… or for the love of money?
Directed by Alan Kilpatrick
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Ricardo Aponte
Maryis excited to be making her GET debut! Recent roles include Kate Monster in Avenue Q at the Horizon Theatre, Maggie Jones in 42nd Street and Pitti Sing in Mikado at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre.Coming up next you can catch Mary in 1940’s Radio Hour at Theatre in the Square, the remount of Avenue Q at Horizon Theatre, and Xanadu at Actor’s Express!
Max is excited to make his debut at GET with Glimpses of the Moon. He was recently seen as Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Mark in Rent with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre and Paul in Married Alive! at ART Station. Some Favorite Regional credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Footloose (Ren), Camelot (Lancelot), West Side Story (Tony), and High School Musical (Troy). Max is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
After a few years on the road, Anna is happy to once again call Atlanta home and jump into its exciting theatre scene. Credits include the Wizard of Oz National Tour (Ensemble/Dorothy Understudy), Cinderella in Cinderella at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Rosemary in How to Succeed… at FL’s Show Palace, Wendy in Peter Pan and Antonia inMan of La Mancha at RI’s Theatre by the Sea, Kitty in Nuptials at NC’s Flat Rock Playhouse, Zelda in Singin’ in the Rain at the Aurora Theatre, and Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde at ART Station.
(Winthrop “Streffy” Strefford)
Brandon is making his debut with Georgia Ensemble Theatre and by Jove, he’s thrilled about it! Other theatrical credits include Into the Woods, Crimes of the Heart, and My Fair Lady (Alliance Theatre), Big River (Theatrical Outfit), Lend me a Tenor, Floyd Collins, A Year with Frog and Toad (Aurora Theatre), The Caretaker (Theatre in the Square), The Watercoolers, The Thing About Men (Horizon Theatre), The Fantasticks (Shakespeare Tavern). TV credits: Army Wives, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill. Film credits: Stephen King’s The Mist, The Bay, Dangerous Calling.
(Ursula Gillow/Coral Hicks/Maid)
Caitlin makes her GET debut in Glimpses of the Moon. Recent credits include Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray and Ellie Greenwich in Leader of the Pack both at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre; Belle in Beauty and the Beast- Concert with the Aurora theatre; A Grand Night for Singing at Stage Door; Denise in Sanders Family Christmas at the LEgacy Theatre and Kate in Zanna Don’t! at Actor’s Express.
Googie is back! You may recognize him from the Suzi Award-Nominated Forbidden Broadway here at GET and Topher Payne’s Tokens of Affection. Recent shows include Rent and The Music Man at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre and Company at Stage Door Players. Look for him at ART Station this Christmas Season. Googie also develops new works with Out of Hand Theater (Hominid, The BReak UP, The Show, One Day Play) and dabbles in puppetry (Center for Puppetry Arts, Puckin’ Fuppet Show, Puppet Slam).
Tickets available now to this romantic music and dance extravaganza!
As we welcome fall and cooler weather, Season 6 is brimming with opportunity! Huckleberry Finn is in rehearsal and opens at the end of the month, Academy classes continue to be a blast, No Shame Athens is a weekly highlight at Hendershots Coffee Bar and the Art Auction begins soon!
We look forward to sharing this season of jubilant discovery with you. Don’t miss your chance to see our upcoming productions, enroll in our new Academy classes Puppet-palooza, volunteer or donate. We exist because of your amazing generosity and support.
Director Cindy Nason is thrilled to work with Rose of Athens Theatre once again, ” I am truly honored to be working with such talented and professional people who are involved with the cast and crew of Huckleberry Finn. I hope the audience has as much fun as we are putting this show together!” Huckleberry Finn will perform for ONE WEEKEND only at Seney-Stovall Chapel in October.
Huck is on the run from civilization, school and his Pap. He takes to the Mississippi River to escape these trappings and meets up with a runaway slave, Jim. In Huckleberry Finn, Twain exposes the hypocrisy of slavery and demonstrates how racism distorts the oppressors as much as it does those who are oppressed. Along his epic journey towards discovery, Huck learns the value of true friendship and develops a new moral compass. Don’t miss your chance to experience the adventure and genius of Mark Twain!
School performances are October 26, 27 & 28 at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM and Public performances are Ocotber 28 at 7:00 PM and October 29 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. For tickets or to book a school show, call our office at
Finally, for more information on how to purchase tickets or Season Vouchers for our upcoming productions, email email@example.com
RoA Theatre Art Auction
In addition to the amazing performances of Huckleberry Finn, Rose of Athens Theatre will be auctioning off the original artwork (designed by Regina McCormick) that was used to create the poster. All proceeds go to beneift the theatre’s growing “Life skills through stage skills” education programs.
Poster & Artwork created by Regina McCormick
Coming up is our 2011-2012 Bulldog Painting Auction Fundraiser, featuring artist Emily Hogan. The unveiling will be at the opening of Huckleberry Finn, October 27th. A total of six paintings will be up for auction. Three will be ready for the taking in December and the remaining three will be ready to go home with you at the close of the season in June 2012! Details to follow! Sneak Peek below…
The Weird Sisters-“Something wicked this way comes.” Macbeth 4.1
ACTORS’ BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND! – WILMINGTON, NC with Emmy Winner & 25 Year Film/TV Veteran GregAlan Williams
FULL DAY AUDITION MASTERY WORKSHOP
Saturday November 5, 2011 Adults Actors Only
Sunday November 6, 2011 Young Actors 6-17
(children under 15 must have at least one parent in attendance throughout the workshop)
Community Arts Center Hannah Block USO 120 South Second Street Wilmington NC 28401
Only 25 Actors per group $125.00
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The quality of your video audition is as important as your performance. Learn to shoot and deliver winning VIDEO AUDITIONS. Script analysis is the foundation stone of the great audition. Discover the keys to fast and effective SCENE ANALYSIS. Becoming a working actor takes more than talent. Get answers on BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL CAREER. The successful working actor must be able to accurately prepare and honestly assess their own work. Learn how to become SELF-DIRECTED in your auditions and SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE YOUR AUDITION PREPERATION. Nothing teaches like experience and no one teaches, informs, inspires, and motivates, like GregAlan Williams. Be sure to check out GregAlan’s imdb page.
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Don’t miss this priceless opportunity to grow and strengthen your essential skills from preparation to portrayal. Receive positive and constructive critiques. Get inside the real workings of the industry. Finally, work with an actor/coach who will teach you, from experience, exactly what it takes to book the role and grow a successful career.
Just a quick email to remind you that Sam returns with his amazing Image Workshop to Atlanta November 4th-7th at Dad’s Garage Theatre in Inman Park. Before each workshop Sam always hosts a Free Preview Class explaining his life experience in the industry and business, the process and answers any questions. I have attached a flyer with information about the Preview Class that will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd.Due to space constraints at the theatre the Preview Class will be held off-site at The Residence Inn in Buckhead – many of you are familiar with this Residence Inn as Shay holds many casting sessions there. (This is NOT the Residence in down the street from Stilwell Casting. This is the one on Lake Blvd. Please check your map and plan accordingly).
Thanks to all that participated in the first Atlanta workshop for sharing your experience and encouraging others to dive into this kind of challenging, but well worth it work!I hope to see many of you at the preview class! Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information. You can also contact Sam’s studio in LA and speak to anyone there: 818.506.0783 or email: SCSImage@aol.com