Thursday, May 1, 2014

Congratulations to Taylor Owenby on his recognition as an industry influence!

Taylor Owenby highlighed in Oz Magazine

Congratulations to Taylor Owenby for being highlighted as a key influence in the Movie Industry!

That speaks well of his work at Matchbook Media, Film South and his hard work at Atlanta Film Festival and Millegeville Film Festival!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tourism and Filming are closely linked

In yet another case, there is a clear association between attracting film/TV production and increased tourism and economic development.

Approximately 200,000 people visited the aquarium the year before the movie was released, but that number jumped to 750,000 the next year. More than 300,000 out-of-state aquarium visitors said they came because of the movie. A recent movie industry study said that almost 20 percent of visitors said viewing a movie or television series filmed in Florida contributed to their decision to travel here.
"Driving tourism and promoting the state through movies is incredibly valuable," Yates said. "There's no other mode of advertising or marketing that can touch the value on a dollar for dollar basis."  (read full article
So how can communities/states go beyond financial incentives to attract filming?
Make it easy to film there.  Revisit your policies of "just call me" as a community coordinator. After all, when nights, weekends, holidays, meetings, vacations and other conflicts arise, the local coordinator really isn't "available" as much as we sometimes think we are.
Look for other ways to eliminate bottlenecks and improve the filming experience.

What are some really good - or really bad - film coordination experiences you've had? 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blue Danube Films (Bucharest, Hungary) discovers

Glad to help Luca discover the policy on use of Georgia state flag in movies.

If you need to know the policy, contact me at

Special thanks to  Sen. John Albers and Diana Hauser for digging up this for us!

Dale, thank you so much!!

You really stepped up to the plate on this, and I appreciate it very much.

I have circulated your website to a number of people in the film community here; I'll report back on what the feedback is!

Thanks again!

All the best,


            Luca Bercovici

Filming impact on Tourism - another success story

Last year a Georgia panel of industry experts discussed the impact of filming on tourism.  (full article below)

We agree that tourism is a huge byproduct of filming.  Moving the needle on a billion dollar industry even a little bit can be a great investment.

We especially agree with the points made by the panelists (below).
Conclusion:  Communities need to make it easy to film with them. Bring the tools and attitude to the table to work with filmmakers 24x7, with programs and policies that are designed for the film industry. 

(That's also the idea behind - our story about how communities are using to make them more competitive is on slideshare at

Scott Tigchelaar, Tyrone Rachal, Lee Thomas and Jason Underwood were on the panel.
Tigchelaar is president of Senoia Enterprises. Rachal is managing director for redevelopment with Invest Atlanta, and Thomas is division director for the state’s film, music and digital entertainment office. Underwood is a location scout for Tyler Perry Studios.
  • The relationship those scouts have with city and county officials is often “the most important thing in finding the right space,” Underwood said. “Having a good relationship with them helps drive us.”

  • Georgia has “a lot of unique little towns, unique little features,” Tigchelaar said. “Getting those in front of location scouts is important — letting them know that’s available.”

  • Tigchelaar urged community leaders to act as a concierge — to make sure filming crews have a pleasant and productive experience, the kind that will make them want to return.

  • Make it easy for them to be there."

  • Film companies often are “spending a quarter million dollars a day,” Tigchelaar said. “If you want the business, roll out the red carpet.”

  • She said the economic impact from film projects is complex. The tourism that follows a film or TV project “a lot of times... is bigger” financially than the money that comes from the TV show or movie.

  • Thomas noted “The Dukes of Hazzard” filmed five episodes in Newton County in 1989. For the next 30 years, “Dukes” was the county’s biggest tourism draw. Tourists coming to Georgia communities can have “a huge impact,” Thomas said.

  • Tigchelaar urged those at the outlook conference to remain focused on the economic impact from film and to avoid overburdening film companies with paperwork and fees

  • It’s about getting out of the way and making sure government is doing the things government needs to do,” he said. Wainscott also said it is important for there to be “one point of contact” in an area for film company officials to contact.

  • Rachel also said it is vital for governments to “let the private sector do what they do best” and then work in partnership. “These are catalytic investments that if done in the right way have positive economic impacts and positive community impacts,” he said.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Holy Cow! Filmmaker responds to use of FLIPSFilm

Holy Cow!


Where have you been all of my life?! I've been in the TV biz for a long time and I've NEVER been able to get a permit so quickly in all my life. We run into a ton of difficulties in this business, finding out at 2pm the day before a shoot that you need a permit is our absolute worst nightmare - you saved the day!! Again, thank you so much.

Craig Ball

Thanks, Craig, for the kind words about using (he used our service to obtain his filming permit approval in Alpharetta, Georgia today.)

He joins a growing list of delighted film/TV productions who have found to be a quick, efficient tool for location managers, location scouts and others.  We are happy to be working with such innovative communities like Alpharetta and others who are going the extra mile to creating a film friendly community!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Older Americans Choose Entrepreneurship

Bloomberg Press article about older Americans choosing entrepreneurship

Yesterday, I was  quoted in the article about how older workers are choosing entrepreneurship as a real career option.

It's never been a better time to start a company. I see this phenomenon at the ATDC meetup circles, Ritz Group, TAG and other groups.  Not only is it a way to leverage expertise and contacts, but entrepreneurship offers older Americans a lot of the upside of work without some of the less attractive components of traditional jobs.

Risky?  Not really. Entrepreneurs are known for managing risk.  If you win or lose, most of that is within your control to influence it.  At least decisions are not made by organizational policies that may not align with your personal performance.  Remember, one of the best ways to improve profitability in large companies is to reduce headcount!

Young entrepreneurs get a lot of good press.  Congratulations, it's a great thing. But if they fail, many of them can go live with their parents.

We are the parents. We don't have that option. We have to succeed.  This is often the last great opportunity we have to establish our financial security for the rest of our lives.

I think the perfect team is a blend of youth plus older worker experience. Some industry discussions say every team needs a "grown up" to help manage excessive exuberance.  I agree.

Now it's time to go take a  nap...