Why Camera Ready?
Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment launched Camera Ready in the fall if 2010. The initiative provides special designation to participating communities interested in hosting film and television production projects.
A certified ready community delivers helpful and timely resources to assist production companies in upcoming shoots and projects. Gwinnett received its camera ready designation on March 21, 2011. CLICK HERE for more information.
Why should communities become Camera Ready? It’s Simple!
- To provide easier, faster and better access to county production resources and location information.
- To deliver a variety of shooting locations essential to the increased activity in film and television production across the state.
- To positively impact the local economy – including hiring of local residents (jobs), hotel stays and purchases of goods and services (and investment).
Film production is a clean, non-polluting industry, and produces a quick injection of revenue to a local community. When a feature film production goes on a location requiring overnight stays, the cast and crew may remain for two to six weeks, or even longer. The impact of location filming on local businesses can be considerable. Clearly, when filming comes to town, there can be huge benefits to local businesses and residents. Often a production company will bring only key crewmembers and hire locally, depending on the availability of qualified technicians. Car rental companies can anticipate the need for ten or more vehicles during the entire length of filming. Local dry cleaners and laundries will be required for both the personal requirements of cast and crew and the needs of the wardrobe department. Production companies will often call upon local financial institutions to deposit operating moneys and act as payroll companies. Gas stations, lumberyards, equipment rentals, communications providers, hardware stores and countless other businesses can expect a boost in business during film productions.