Hollywood South: A Gain Or A Pain?
Metro Atlanta is home to more and more film and TV crews on our city's streets, and Patch wants to know if all this glamor is worth the trouble.
From 'Bad Girls' descending on Brookhaven, to TLC's casting call for Buckhead homes to showcase and 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' shooting in Roswell, metro Atlanta has been home to quite a lot of film and TV crews ... and the stars that accompany them.
Clint Eastwood was spotted frequently in Sandy Springs during the shooting of the newly released "Trouble With The Curve." Decatur was showcased in two new films released in August and September - "What To Expect When You're Expecting" and the Jennifer Garner-Disney flick, "The Odd Life Of Timothy Green."
And Hollywood came to Druid Hills last year, as Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Jude Law filmed a portion of “Contagion” at the Centers For Disease Control.
And it's not just films and TV shows being shot in metro Atlanta. Justin Bieber-fever hit Avondale Estates last year as the entertainment sensation filmed a public service announcement on the dangers of texting while driving. And YouTube singing superstar Ryan Beatty filmed a similar announcement in August.
Being a sought-after filming locale means big money. Georgia productions generated an economic impact of $3.1 billion during 2012. A Hollywood scout was recently seeking intown homes that could be used in a new production called "Last Vegas."
But with all of this Hollywood glamor comes other issues. Besides parking headaches and traffic snarls, is the overall image of the community. "I am NOT happy about this in the least!" said one reader about 'Bad Girls' being filmed in town.
In Lithonia, a massive set and loads of equipment dirupted several nearby communities during the filming of a TV pilot. One reader complained, "This production company took advantage of this community, they came in without notice and set up without ever speaking to or giving notice to to the neighborhood. The neighborhood is outraged at the whole thing."
So Patch wants to know what you think. Is Atlanta's reputation as the Hollywood of the South a good thing? Or has the phrase "Lights! Camera! Atlanta!" gotten a little too much to bear? Share your thoughts and comments below.