Film industry helps Macon's economy

Film industry helps Macon's economy

Film makers bring a major economic impact to the community when they choose to film in Macon.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - There's a major reason why film makers see Georgia as a hot spot for making movies.

The State of Georgia offers a 30% tax incentive for film makers. Any film maker that has a project of $500,000 or more gets the tax incentive, according to Macon Film Commissioner Terrell Sandefur.

Governor Nathan Deal says the film industry has created jobs, revitalized communities, and established new educational programs for people in Georgia.

Sandefur believes the tax incentive grabs film maker's attention, but they look specifically at Macon for the historical features.

Trouble with the Curve, Need for Speed, and 42 were filmed in Macon.

Sandefur said the film makers were only going to use the Baseball Park when filming 42, but that changed when they saw Downtown Macon.

Since the film was a time period piece, the film makers decided to add additional scenes incorporating Downtown Macon.

Sandefur believes as long as Georgia has the tax incentive, film makers will continue to choose it as the location for their movies.
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