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The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019: Small Cities and Towns

The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019: Small Cities and Towns

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7. Knoxville, Tennessee

Aside from being known as the city that birthed Quentin Tarantino and lent his L.A. crime sagas a Southern swagger, a handful of memorable films have lensed in Knoxville, including the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring rocketry drama October Sky, 2004’s Asia Argento-directed literary adaptation The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, as well as Burt Reynolds’ semi-autobiographical 2017 swansong The Last Movie Star.

“Knoxville has long drawn in a sizable production community as home to some of the most active reality TV production companies in the business,” says Curt Willis, Director of Visit Knoxville Film Office. “With a competitive state film incentive program and a local incentive program, scripted productions are starting to take notice.” He adds that the year was Knoxville’s busiest yet in feature film production, and the Film Office was working to keep the momentum going. “The Visit Knoxville Film Office works hard to ensure we have elements in place that make Knoxville attractive, and what we’re most proud of are intangible incentives: Every moviemaker we work with is impressed by the quality of the crews and the support they find.”

Amy Hoerler with Burt Reynolds and crew on the set of the Knoxville-shot The Last Movie Star. Image Courtesy of Amy Schulz.

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    Rebecca Gibson

    January 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Winnipeg! Not to brag, but there is about to be a BOOM here. The community is amazing, so welcoming to production (not burned). The architecture is glorious, there are four beautiful seasons, the crews are not only competent – but tenacious and deeply talented. There is a tax credit unparalleled in any other Canadian centre that was made permanent by the provincial government 2 days ago. Great hospitality, diverse people – strong and experienced producers. It’s the world’s best kept secret in film, and it’s only getting better.

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      Eric C Oveson

      January 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      That is interesting, had no idea.I am sensing there is going to be a big change overall in the industry too, like how many times can you see a film and it’s LA or New York ?

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    Pearl Spa KC

    January 24, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Kansas City rocks!`

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    Michelle Daniels

    February 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Cumming, Georgia is a great film city too! There’s so much filming happening there and it’s a small suburb just north of Atlanta. Ozark called this city home – there’s other productions that have discovered it, too.

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    T. Bender

    August 27, 2019 at 6:46 am

    After working on such films as MI 3, Transformers 1 & 2, WindTalkers, Operation Dumbo Drop, Speed 2 and other films along with such TV series The Unit, Threshold, and Space Above and Beyond. My wife and I now call the Knoxville area home. I also had a great time doing commercials.
    Now retired for many years.
    The Knoxville area is a great place to shoot lending itself to all film genres be it action adventure, sci-fi, comedy or drama. One might call the Knoxville area a blend of old with the new.

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