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2. Savannah, Georgia

Could Georgia one day have two major production hubs duking it out for bragging rights? You never know. Atlanta is still #1 for now, but with a population of under 150,000 (and a cost of living 14 percent below the national average) Savannah is punching above its weight. Feature films that came to Savannah in 2017 include Galveston, with Elle Fanning, Killerman, with Liam Hemsworth, and The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman. In fact, local casting director and filmmaker Chad Darnell reports that The Front Runner “shot right in front of my home for a week—best commute ever.”

“When I cast Magic Mike XXL here in 2014 I couldn’t cast a single local actor because they lacked experience,” Darnell says. “Four years later, nearly 50-80 percent of the roles I cast are Savannah locals—there was a demand for work and the community answered.” Darnell adds that his own “Savannah-inspired” dark comedy script Darlene is prepping for a shoot in early 2018 (possibly in Savannah) with Pet Sematary’s Mary Lambert helming. Thriving film schools, an expanding base of vendors and negligible travel times throughout the region are keeping business booming, and we haven’t mentioned Savannah’s additional 10 percent local rebate for productions and crew relocation incentive, on top of Georgia’s already very competitive 30 percent tax credit.

Living the Dream‘s drone unit flying in Savannah. Photograph by Andy Young.

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  1. John lazear, soc

    January 18, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Really….. hollywood and New York are not on this list?
    1 hollywood
    2 New York
    3 London
    Let’s be real about where movies are mostly shot

    • Max Weinstein

      January 18, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Hi John,

      Los Angeles and New York are featured in part one of this article, focusing on Big Cities:

      MM Staff

  2. Adrian G

    January 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    So, as much as I appreciate this list, the name of your zine is Moviemaker, not North American Moviemaker. In a field that is peripatetic by its nature, it might be nice to have a list of some of the best cities in the world, not just those in North America, where one can thrive as a filmmaker. Please think about it.

  3. smoga

    February 27, 2018 at 7:59 am


  4. Eve

    January 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I choose to live & work in Hawai’i, which does present some challenges…😎🌺However, when I relocated here from L.A. a few years ago, the general eyebrow raised response was that it was a bit nuts…so i find it really reassuring that so many cities/geographic lications outside of ‘Hollywood’ are now being touted as good lifestyle alternatives for creatives such as myself – b/c it really IS a way of life, and an all-encompassing choice, when you choose this kind of career…

  5. Frank Casanova

    January 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Ridiculous! Sacramento is better than half of those on the list.

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