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Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2020

Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2020

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SMALLER CITIES AND TOWNS (continued)

1. Savannah 

Savannah returns to the top spot, and there’s no question it’s ready for business. The Savannah College of Art and Design—a major presence in town, and consistently ranked one of the top film schools in the country—loves to boast of its 99 percent employment rate. Recent shoots in the Savannah region have ranged from Ang Lee’s Gemini Man to The Peanut Butter Falcon to Hulu’s The Act to Julie Taymor’s upcoming Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias

In addition to Georgia’s 30% Tax Credit, Savannah offers an additional 10% local rebate for productions, and a workforce relocation incentive. 

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Gemini Man

We haven’t even talked about the locations. The architecture, like the biscuits, is to die for. The local legend goes that Union General William Tecumseh Sherman refused to burn it on his March to the Sea because he was so taken with its beauty. True or not, Savannah remains committed to historical preservation: Walking through town you’ll see architectural styles ranging from Federal to Georgian to Colonial to Gothic and Greek revival. If you’re shooting a script that requires a stately old courthouse, welcome to paradise. 

Spanish moss hangs majestically from the trees, and the city is surrounded by green, green, green. Savannah feels stately by day and ghostly by night. Inspiration is all around. 

The city has a half-dozen film festivals, the most notable of which is the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, which prizes diversity and films directed by women. Two of its charming theaters, the Trustees Theater and Lucas Theatre for the Arts, are just around the corner from one another. Almost everything you need in Savannah feels right around the corner.

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