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Did You Know that Film is Booming in Atlanta, Georgia?

In case you didn’t realize it, Georgia is becoming the new film capital of the south.  If you are an aspiring filmmaker or you have already written or produced a film but you just don’t know how to break into the business, Women in Film and Television Atlanta will be hosting an event May 25, 2016 at 7:00 with a panel of experts in the film industry who can show you how to get your start in the local film industry.  Come on out to GPB Studios in downtown Atlanta and meet industry experts Christine Leuthold, Al Dickerson and Jeffrey Stepakoff who will provide insight on Georgia’s Film Industry.

For more information, visit Women in Film and Television Atlanta’s website here http://bit.ly/1svxqJb for more information and to register or click digital flyer below.

May 25, 2016 Event

Atlanta’s Film Takeover


Who said that the ATL can’t bring it?

Well, we have brought it and we have even more to bring, especially as it relates to the film industry.

I was cordially invited to an event this past Thursday evening, January 14 put on by Spitfire Studios and ChooseATL both of which are committed to film, technology, and business growth in Atlanta.

This event was a networking event peppered with presentations by local leaders within the film and entertainment industry.

The reception was energized with eager listeners, all of whom were ready for the challenge of rolling up their sleeves and building a solid foundation for business, technology and film in Georgia.

As each presenter briefly presented, you could feel the magnetism in the room as all present seemed to be on the same mission to make Atlanta and the state of Georgia a powerhouse for film in the southeast region.

This vision was crystal clear and even newcomers to the event felt the passion from this desire.

Georgia and Atlantans want to win and want to win big when it comes to film and not just as it relates to how many projects are being filmed here in Georgia in a given year.

We want film to be a catalyst for other booming industries such as entertainment, technology and fortune 500 businesses.

As the night continued, conversations were littered with phrases such as ‘keeping business local,’ ‘supporting Georgia’s job growth,’ and ‘fighting to put local talent on the forefront of film.’

Other words that filled the air about Georgia were community, friendliness, determination, business growth, local talent, and most importantly South by Southwest – a shindig taking place March 11-20 of this year in which Atlantans will converge on Austin, Texas to show how proud we are to be in Georgia taking advantage of the fantastic film incentives.

Presenters kept it short and sweet and allowed the night to progress with much more networking, food, music and socializing.  Those present were encouraged to Tweet using #chooseATLSXSW.  As the crowds dwindled, each one present left with a personal piece of a larger mission – to

Make Atlanta and Georgia #1 for business, film, entertainment and technology

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Photos by Mel.

For more information about the organizations and events mentioned in this blog article – click links below.


Spitfire Studios

South X Southwest



Understanding Audio Production for Film With The Atlanta Cutters

Atlanta Cutters

ATLANTA – Written by Mel

I belong to a film group here in Atlanta called Georgia Production Partnership and let me tell you, it’s never a dull moment with them.  For those who are new to film or even those who are not, they provide great networking and great learning opportunities within the greater Atlanta film community.  One such learning opportunity that was provided through them was with a group called Atlanta Cutters.  A little over a week ago, I attended an event with them and boy was it a treat!

I am an aspiring screenwriter and before attending this event my attitude was “I just want to write, nothing else.”  But let me tell you, in the world of film, that can be a huge mistake to feel that way.   The Atlanta Cutters deal with the post-production side of film – the sounds that we hear on screen.  At the event, I saw all kinds of sound gadgets and listened to them go on at length about what they do long after the writer has written the screenplay; long after the actors have played their roles; and long after the director has done the final take.  This is when the real magic happens, magic that opened my eyes to another world.

Let me be the first to say that aspiring screenwriters definitely need to come out of their comfort zone and interact with others involved in the filmmaking process because you can learn so much.  Just from this one meeting with them, I learned that my screenplay should not just be a document for actors to read.  It is practically a technical instruction guide that communicates different things to different people at various stages of production.  So when they say “this is a well-written screenplay” people aren’t talking about the astetic quality of a script only.  If that is the case, one can write books and be done with it.  I now see that a well-written screenplay communicates and resonates with everyone who is a part of the film production team from me as the writer all the way through production, post-production, and to the audiences lined up at the box office.  Talk about a paradigm shift and it all came from this one meeting!

I won’t go into all the details of what they discussed because after all, it is an organization and if you want to know what they talk about, you should join.  But I will say that I saw some pretty cool equipment and learned a lot more about sound quality than I could ever imagine.  I also learned that even the most simple sound that we hear on screen may not be a natural part of production but actually some sound production member’s creative genius at work.  For instance, one panel speaker mentioned that the sound of boots hitting the pavement in his film was a sound that he created himself, not the actual footsteps of the actors.  Another panelist made an important point saying that most filmmakers and writers think about audio as a post-production accoutrement; however the sooner audio technicians and composers can get involved in the project, the better.  That made me think that I need to start networking with a whole lot of post-production people so that I can use their creative ears to ensure that I write superb quality screenplays going forward.

On a final note, they mentioned that they will include a workshop in an upcoming meeting to delve further into the topic of audio production but they didn’t mention any further details.  To find out more about this workshop and other upcoming events, visit the Atlanta Cutters website at http://www.atlantacutters.com/.

Cutter 1

Someone showing some audio equipment.

cutter 3

Member of Izotope discussing their audio equipment.

Cutter 4

Panelist discussing details of altering sound quality for film scenes.

Cutter 5

Intermission period in which a panelist shows audience members his sound equipment including this nifty gadget in his hand resembling a clapperboard.

Cutter 6

A panelist discussing the infusion of music into film.

Cutter 7

A panelist sharing with the audience the difference sound can make in a film.

Will Georgia Become Number 1 for Film?

I am a Georgia Film enthusiast as you may be able to tell from my blogs posts.  I get to see all the fun and developments taking place all the time but for those that are not in Georgia or are not familiar with the growth taking place in the industry, “Do you think that Georgia can become the number 1 place for film production in the United States by 2018?”  Share your opinion by clicking the link below.


WIFTA Workshop – Filmmaking on a Budget


Learn how to produce micro-budget films with filmmaker, Alex Orr of Fake Wood Wallpaper.  Alex has produced feature films for as low as $2,000 and has a road map for the independent filmmaker.

For more information on the event, visit http://bit.ly/1CXktW3 and follow @wiftAtlanta on Twitter.  Also, visit http://wifta.org/category/reel-focus/ for Georgia film news and entertainment.

Get a recap of the meeting here.