Close Up: Film in Atlanta

What's filming in Atlanta? Take a closer look at the movies, TV shows and celebrities spotted in the Hollywood of the south.
Atlanta and surrounding areas boast Stranger Things film locations and more. (© Netflix. Artist: Kyle Lambert)
See iconic "The Walking Dead" scenes with Atlanta Movie Tours. (©AMC)
The Swan House illuminates multiple "Hunger Games" films. (© Lionsgate)

“The Hunger Games,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Avengers” and Tyler Perry’s “Madea” all have one thing in common – each is among the hundreds of films and television programs filmed in Georgia each year. Dubbed the “Hollywood of the South,” Atlanta takes top billing for film and television production thanks to competitive tax incentives, location diversity, a moderate climate, state-of-the-art film studios and production facilities, professional support and ease of access via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. When visiting Atlanta, it’s easy to stumble upon a movie or television film crew --  just look for the bright yellow signs.

Film Facts

  • Georgia offers one of the most competitive tax incentives in the country, making Atlanta a leading city for film and television production.
  • In fiscal year 2017, three hundred twenty feature film and television projects were shot in Georgia with an economic impact of $9.5 billion.
  • Georgia shot to the position of No. 1 production location company in the world due to an influx of film and television projects. (Source: FilmL.A.)
  • In 2016, Georgia was a top destination for film production with 17 of the top 100 grossing movies filmed here.
  • Atlanta boasts three annual film festivals showcasing new and emerging talent from around the world: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the world’s largest Jewish film festival and Atlanta’s largest film festival; BronzeLens Film Festival, showcasing people of color on both sides of the camera; and the Academy Award-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival with more than 27,000 attendees.

Go on Location

Atlanta Movie Tours feeds the zombie frenzy with four tours dedicated to “The Walking Dead.” Victory Tour captures the real-life sites of “The Hunger Games” series while the Hero Tour transports fans to locations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Best of Atlanta Tour, offering something for everyone, is jam-packed with location visits and fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. The Atlanta History Center takes fans of “The Hunger Games” inside the home used as Gen. Snow’s mansion in “Catching Fire,” “Mockingjay Part 1” and “Mockingjay Part 2.” In the Behind the Scenes: Swan House Tour, guests can tour the stately Swan House and visit a gallery of photos and props from the three films.

The Stars Shine Bright in the ATL
Recent celebrity sightings include:

  • Uma Thurman, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Sacha Baron Cohen and Samuel L. Jackson at Umi
  • Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis at The Original El Taco
  • Robert De Niro, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Naomi Harris, Malin Akerman and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara at Yebo Beach Haus
  • Amy Adams and Chris Hemsworth at Hard Rock Atlanta
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar at Sublime Doughnuts
  • Dwayne Johnson at Zoo Atlanta
  • Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Big Sean at the High Museum of Art

Filmed in Atlanta
A snapshot of Atlanta’s diverse movie and television credits include:

  • "The Blind Side"
  • "Flight"
  • "Identity Thief"
  • "The Hunger Games:" "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay – Part 1"
  • "Sully"
  • "The Divergent Series"
  • "Hidden Figures"
  • Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"
  • "Baby Driver"
  • "Family Feud"
  • "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
  • "Captain America: Civil War"
  • "Stranger Things"
  • "The Walking Dead"
  • Tyler Perry’s "The Haves and Have Nots"

Karen Lopez writes for Atlanta Now magazine.