Kemp releases new guidelines for Georgia film industry to get back to work

Kemp releases new guidelines for Georgia film industry to get back to work

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp released a "best practices" guide for the Georgia film and television industries Friday.

The 11-page digital booklet gives in-depth recommendations for each part of the filming process from casting to shooting on location.

“We are so grateful to the hardworking people who make up and contribute to Georgia’s incredibly successful film and TV industry, and we thank them for all the ways they have given back throughout the state’s response to COVID-19,” said Gov. Kemp. “The Georgia Film Office has maintained their close work with industry executives to develop these outlines for how productions can help protect cast and crew members.

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Some of the new guidelines include the following (For the full guide, click HERE):

  • Reducing numbers of extras
  • Encouraging talent to wear masks
  • Casting for productions remotely
  • Temperature checks on set
  • Eliminating open casting calls
  • Cleaning and disinfecting shooting locations
  • Staggered catering times
  • Not sharing equipment
  • Using walkies to communicate on set

Georgia set a new record or film in 2019. Nearly 400 productions filmed in Georgia and delivered $9.2 million in wages.

"We will continue to help these important businesses navigate new circumstances, said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. "As we return to production across the state, there is no doubt Georgia will maintain its position as a powerhouse for film and television production.”

Last week, one of the Georgia film industries biggest players announced he would reopen his studios. Tyler Perry reopened his facilities at Fort McPherson with temporary housing on the studio campus for production crews and staff.

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