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Forsyth seen as 'camera ready'
State designation may boost efforts
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Scenes for several recent movies have been filmed in Forsyth County, but a new designation may increase the prospects of attracting more entertainment productions.

The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, on Wednesday designated Forsyth and 24 other counties as a Camera Ready Community.

With the honor, the county joins the list of those viewed as friendly to the film and television industries.

The camera ready program was established by the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment division to offer film and television production companies additional resources and information. 

James McCoy, president and CEO of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said the designation helps the county’s economic development efforts.

“We’re doing everything we can as a community to position ourselves for more opportunities to be a destination for commercial film projects,” he said.

“We’ve had some successes in that arena and we think the Camera Ready designation will just be another important step in that path.”

The program now includes 136 of the state’s 159 counties.

Chris Cummiskey, economic development commissioner, said in a statement that Georgia has “positioned itself as one of the top states in the nation for film and TV production.”

“The economic impact created in [fiscal year 2011] accounts for 22 percent of the entire film impact produced in the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment division’s 38-year history,” he said.

According to department figures, more than 336 productions invested more than $683.5 million in Georgia between July 2010-June 2011. These projects alone generated an economic impact of $2.4 billion.

Georgia-filmed movies slated to hit theaters in the coming months include “American Reunion,” portions of which were filmed at Mary Alice Park, “The Three Stooges” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”

The park in Cumming was also the site of several scenes for the movie “Hall Pass” in spring 2010.