Welcome to Hollywood Baby!
I stepped out on our balcony and noticed that there was a movie being filmed right across the street. As I looked on with a blase' stare, I realized that it's kind of become the norm here in Midtown. I've wandered into my favorite stores to see sections blocked off because of filming. I've incorporated corporate condo design into my business because I've been asked to design spaces for the cast and crew of several movies. Overall, it's been a tricky transition because some buildings are not yet film friendly, but I'm committeed to this niche thought. As you may recall, earlier this year we participated in an event called The Next Cool Thing. It was a great collaborative event put on by mastermind Barbara English. The goal of the event was to display local talent to the decision makers who are coming to Atlanta to make movies. If you didn't see our "Catch Me If You Can" inspired space, check it out here. The coolest parts about that event were the booths and some of my favorite boutiques have already begun to work on their booth for next year. As I've observed, there's definitely enough local talent to support this new emerging industry.
|I took this picture on the balcony of our condo.|
The southern hospitality is also alluring to TV networks as well. HGTV, TLC, BRAVO, BET, VH1 and MTV are all currently filming in Hot Lanta. Our guilty pleasure, Single Ladies, is filmed here, as well as The Game and Tracy Ellis Ross's new show Read Between The Line. I could go on and on. There's an interesting article in the September issue of Atlanta magazine that shows you how the money spent on a feature film trickles down to local shops and vendors. With all the excitement, it's no wonder people are flocking to the city in droves to get in on the action. Personally, I'm excited about the set design opportunities. Of course, I have no time for it, but I love riding alongside some of my favorite set designers as they work their magic. Throughout the years, I've had the distinct honor to have been in prop houses that would rival those found in LA. (Just image creating a Kenyan airport in the middle of Georgia.) It's all so much fun! If you're interested in the the film industry check out the following resources.