If you’ve spent much time in New York or L.A., you recognize that the appearance of multiple, white, tractor-trailer-toting big rigs signals that a movie or television feature is filming nearby. But here in Atlanta, we’re just experiencing the ubiquitousness of this phenomenon for the first time.
Ever since the State of Georgia passed legislation in 2002 granting tax incentives to the film industry, the area has burgeoned with film activity, and, as a result, our city has rightly earned the moniker “Hollywood of the South.”
While few might remember when Little Darlings was shot in Atlanta in 1980, Driving Miss Daisy put Atlanta on the film map in 1989, and it’s been all gravy ever since. Now, with hit TV series like Vampire Diaries being shot here regularly, Atlantans are becoming versant in equipment-truck-laden street closures and random sightings of very famous people.
At this very moment, neighbors can witness three films being shot around town, including Fast & Furious 7 (with Vin Diesel and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson) , The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson) and Term Life (with Vince Vaughn).
TV shows currently being shot here include Halt and Catch Fire and a new pilot that filmed some scenes on location this past week at the Telephone Factory Lofts.