A Publication of the Telfair County Chamber of Commerce

Camera Ready
Telfair County is a Camera Ready Certified Community

In February, 2012, Telfair County joined 135 other communities across Georgia in earning the designation as a Camera Ready Community by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office Being named Camera Ready means we have in place a program that provides film and television production companies with easier, faster and better access to local resources and location information.  The Telfair County Chamber of Commerce was appointed as the Camera Ready liaison for our community.  This means the Chamber is the primary local contact for production companies.  The Chamber helps identify local resources, from locations and hotels to associated businesses, such as caterers and dry cleaners.   Producers love Georgia for our diverse settings, talented workforce and tax incentives.  Since it was created in 2005, the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act has helped generate unprecedented direct investment in our state… approximately $2.4 billion with Georgia being one of the top five production destinations in the country.
Some of the benefits of having films shot in Telfair County are:  hiring of local residents, hotel stays and the purchases of goods and services locally.
The Chamber is looking for locations to submit to the Camera Ready Program that will hopefully be considered for a film or television production site.  Below is a list of sites that film and television producers look for in filming locations.
Please contact the Chamber if you own (or know of) such property and would like it to be submitted to the Telfair County Camera Ready Program (Office: 229-868-6365; email:  rogers@telfairco.org)

*Vacant properties such as prisons, hospitals, institutions, schools
*Interesting geographic ares
  -Meadows (without homes/lines/towers)
  -Fields of crops or orchards
  -Mansions (all architecural styles- period is always better)
  -Antebellum mansions
  -Period homes on lakes or Rivers
  -Mill Houses
  -Two story farm houses
  -Low end farm houses
  -Row houses
  -Decrepiet homes on property
  -Large manufacturing plants (one could shoot in)
  -Closed plants
  -Cotton Gins
  -Old water wheels
*Roads (car commercials)
  -Country roads (no lines)
  -Old bridges
  -Roads through wild flower fields
  -Roads through row crops or orchards
  -Roads through expansive flat lands

Entertainment Industry Gathers at Capitol for Inaugural Film Day

Twenty-five more counties designated Camera Ready communities

 ATLANTA, February 29, 2012— The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), designated 25 Georgia counties Camera Ready at the inaugural Film Day at the Capitol event today. The state’s Camera Ready Community Program was created to enhance Georgia’s statewide resources for the growing number of film and television productions. Launched in October 2010, the program now includes 136 counties across the state.  

“Georgia has positioned itself as one of the top states in the nation for film and TV production,” said GDEcD commissioner Chris Cummiskey. “The economic impact created in FY11 accounts for 22 percent of the entire film impact produced in the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment division’s 38-year history. Film Day at the Capitol is just one way of recognizing how important this industry is for Georgia’s economy.” 

The Camera Ready program was established by the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment division to offer film and television production companies additional resources and information in Georgia communities.  The program is a special designation for participating Georgia counties that are interested in attracting entertainment productions. 

 The 25 Georgia counties that received the ‘Camera Ready Community' designation include Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Clay, Crawford, Dodge, Early, Forsyth, Gilmer, Grady, Lamar, Lanier, Madison, Monroe, Oglethorpe, Quitman, Seminole, Stewart, Talbot, Telfair, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Wilkinson.

 From July 2010 through June 2011, more than 336 productions invested more than $683.5 million in Georgia. These projects alone generated an economic impact of $2.4 billion.

 Georgia-filmed movies slated to hit theatres in the coming months include “The Three Stooges” on April 4; “American Reunion” on April 6; “The Wettest County” on April 20 and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” on May 11. Multiple top-rated television series are currently filming across the state including Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” VH1’s “Single Ladies,” MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and AMC’s record-breaking “The Walking Dead.”

 To learn more about Georgia’s Camera Ready Community Program, please visit www.georgia.org/cameraready.

About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia, and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. Visit www.georgia.org.

Recent Filmings
An older car used in this filming on the Ocmulgee River Bridge
On July 10, 2012, NBC Universal Media, LLC shot 2nd unit driving scenes for a movie called "Identity Theft".   Filming was done on the Ocmulgee River Bridge (US Hwy 341)  in Lumber City (Telfair Co. and Jeff Davis Co) and Hwy 19 in Wheeler County. This movie is set to be released around May 2013.
This filming was made possible by three counties (Telfair, Wheeler, Jeff Davis) working together.
The Telfair County Chamber of Commerce
gives a special "Thanks" to the following:
City of Lumber City Mayor and City Council
Lumber City Police Department
City of Lumber City Street Department
Telfair County Board of Commissioners
Telfair County Sheriff's Office
Wheeler County Board of Commissioners
Wheeler County Chamber of Commerce
Wheeler County Sheriff's Office
Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County Board of Tourism
Jeff Davis County Board of Commissioners
Jeff Davis County Sheriff's Office
Georgia Department of Transportation-Jesup Office

Newer car used in filming on the Ocmulgee River Bridge
Filming on Hwy 19-Wheeler County