Georgia is a real ‘peach’ for shooting and many legendary movies and TV series have been filmed in the state. The launch of new Baywatch movie on 19 May 2017, highlights just what a sought-after movie location Georgia is and the diversity of the locations it has to offer. From breathtaking beaches and iconic buildings, to Atlanta’s notorious skyline and Forrest Gump’s famous park bench, the Peach State has set the scene for countless movies and TV shows – and this is continuing to grow!
Tybee Island gets camera ready with new Baywatch movie
Georgia is preparing to get camera ready with the launch of the new Baywatch movie this year. Stars including Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Zac Efron and David Hasselhoff descended on Tybee Island to film the reboot of the classic TV series. Located just 18 miles from Savannah, the stunning beach offers the perfect location for coastal film sets and can also be seen in The Spongebob Movie.
The odds continue to be in Georgia’s favour…
The popular trilogy, The Hunger Games, chose to film ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ in Georgia. Audiences may recognise the interior and exterior of Swan House, part of The Atlanta History Center, as the president’s house, and Atlanta Motor Speedway as the site of the Quarter Quell chariot parade.
The home of cult TV shows The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead
How about taking a trip to Mystic Falls? Covington, (as it’s known in the real world) has been the home of popular TV show, The Vampire Diaries, since it first aired in 2009. Avid TV fans might also be familiar with The Walking Dead, another cult series that has been filmed almost entirely in Georgia. Audiences might recognise the view from Jackson Street Bridge, as seen in one of the most iconic scenes from The Walking Dead.
The legend that is Forest Gump, and his Savannah park bench
Finally, it would be impossible to discuss Georgia’s legendary film and TV history without mentioning epic Academy Award winner – Forrest Gump. Chippewa Square in Savannah was home to the park bench that Tom Hanks famously sat on for the majority of the movie, and is still a popular spot for photographs – even though the original bench was a prop that has since been placed in the Savannah History Museum. Home to many, many more world-renowned movies and TV shows, is it any wonder that Georgia is fast becoming known as the new Hollywood?
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