2015 was a busy year for the film industry in Savannah. More than 270 productions filmed in Chatham County alone, a record for this historic southern city. “This is by far the biggest investment by the entertainment production industry in Savannah to date,” said Trip Tollison, President and CEO of Savannah Economic Development Authority.
“We have been busier than ever in the Film Office," said Joe Shearouse, City of Savannah Leisure Services Bureau Chief. "Savannah is truly becoming a premier destination for production.”
Last year, many productions came to Savannah for filming. Among these were feature films Live By Night (with Ben Affleck), Siren, Adam Sandler's The Do Over, Christine, Gifted (with Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer), and The Birth of a Nation (starred and directed by Nate Parker). Amazon's new series Z was also shot in Savannah in 2015.
This year, Savannah has much to celebrate. On January 1, 2016, the Savannah Entertainment Production Incentive became available making the city even more attractive to filmmakers. In a few weeks, the Savannah Film Office will launch a new website featuring Reel-Crew, the industry-standard searchable online directory of crew and support services created by Reel-Scout. With Reel-Crew integrated seamlessly with the new website, the film office can manage and promote Savannah's crew and support services to the film industry.
Savannah is excited about their new partnership with Reel-Scout. “Reel-Scout will greatly enhance our ability to serve the film community in a robust and comprehensive manner, while increasing the exposure and accessibility of the many resources we have available locally for production,” said Shearouse.
Productions filmed in Savannah in the past includes Magic Mike XXL, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Royal Pains, American Idol, X-Men: First Class, The Last Song, The Conspirator, Something To Talk About, Forces of Nature, Forest Gump, and many more.
For filmmakers interested in filming in Savannah, Georgia has a generous film tax incentive of 20-30%, one of the top in the country. Savannah is a beautiful, historic city with a large film-friendly community. Most permits are free and the City of Savannah Film Office can help you obtain them.
For tourists and visitors who are film buffs, Savannah has many cool movie tours. Sign up now and you will soon be walking where your favorite films were shot. Don't forget to bring your camera.