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Frequently Asked Questions

Get the scoop on the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office and how you can play a role in this growing industry. 

1. How Can I Become an Extra?

While the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office does not hire crew members or cast extras for film and television projects, there are a number of ways for Georgians to find work in the industry. Working as an extra requires long hours and specific days of availability. Most extras positions offer payment for an eight- or twelve-hour day, and most casting agencies do not require a fee for their service. Have several photographs taken against a plain background, including one to two headshots and a full body shot as this is what most casting agencies will ask for when they put out a call for extras. You may also be asked for your measurements to assist the wardrobe department.

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2. How Can I Get a Job Working on a Film or TV Crew?

The links below are general industry overviews of production structures and job descriptions:
Filmmaking
How Movie Producers Work

When applying for a crew position, it is important to indicate at the top of your résumé and/or in a cover letter which department or job you are applying for. A general “I’ll do anything” résumé will most likely get lost in the shuffle.

When our office is notified about crew or extras opportunities, we post them on our Help Wanted Hotline page of our website and on our phone Hotline (404-962-4055). Additionally, Georgia residents who have industry experience can register for the Georgia Reel-Crew Production Directory, a free online directory that allows users to update credits and availability 24/7.

You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Georgia Film and Television Sourcebook, compiled and produced by Oz Publishing, is an excellent tool for research and networking. You can search it for free online. 

3. How Does Georgia's Film/TV Tax Incentive Program Work?

The Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act (GEIIA) is a tax-incentive program for production companies that provides a tax credit of up to 30 percent of the qualified in-state spend for projects produced in Georgia. This two-tiered program offers a base incentive level of 20 percent for projects with a $500,000 minimum in-state spend, plus the option to receive an additional 10 percent (the Georgia Entertainment Promotion) for placing the Georgia logo as specified in the show’s credits.

This program provides production companies with a tax credit, not a rebate, and they may use this to offset their own Georgia tax obligations or they may sell it directly or through a broker to any Georgia taxpayer—whether individual or business.  For those who owe a significant amount of Georgia taxes, the opportunity to purchase these film tax credits at a slight discount can provide significant savings.

4. How Do I Know What’s Shooting in Georgia?

Visit our In Production page. Other than the information posted on the Help Wanted Hotline page, the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office does not release production office addresses, phone numbers or contacts at their request to minimize disruption from unsolicited visitors/vendors.

5. I Have an Idea for a Movie/TV Show. How Do I Proceed?

Find a producer or production company. Producers put projects together—from assembling a creative team to securing financing. There are many ways to find a legitimate producer, but first you must prepare a formatted screenplay or treatment (synopsis).  Make it look professional, and be sure to spellcheck and proof. Use the Internet to research shows that you like or that are similar to the project you’re pitching, and reach out to the producers or production companies behind them. Be professional, be courteous and do your homework. A lot of folks will say no; be ready and stay positive.

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6. How Can I Add My Property to the State’s Film Location Database?

The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment office maintains a private database of thousands of potential shooting locations statewide. These properties include residences of all types, government buildings, offices, hospitals, parks, small towns—any area that might be of interest to filmmakers. The Office shares photos with location managers and producers to assist them in finding the ideal looks for their project. Residences of all types, sizes, and condition are welcomed. Not every movie scene takes place in a mansion!

Please read the submission requirements and upload information for listing your property as a film location.
 

7. What are the Rules for Minors Working in the Industry?

Please read about working with minors in entertainment

8. What are Some Networking/Support Organizations for Locals in the Industry?

Georgia Production Partnership  

Women in Film and Television Atlanta 

Atlanta Film Festival 

Atlanta Underground Film Festival

9. What Services Does the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office Provide?

As a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (along with Tourism, Global Commerce, International Trade, Manufacturing/Aerospace, Agribusiness/Energy and more), the Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office (GFMDE) works to attract new entertainment-oriented businesses to the state and to promote the industry within the state and worldwide.  Because it is dedicated to economic development, GFMDE is not an arts agency. The office does not fund projects nor provide grants or loans and is not involved in project development.

For fully funded, greenlit productions, GFMDE can assist with location scouting, tax incentive certification, and as a resource and reference for production companies considering and currently shooting in Georgia.

 

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