Film buffs, take notice: There may be more lights, camera and action in Liberty County’s future.
Liberty was one of 23 counties to be awarded the camera-ready designation during the annual Governor’s Tourism Conference on Sept. 14.
Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Leah Poole and Flemington Mayor Sandra Martin accepted the award on behalf of the county.
Last year, the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office launched the initiative to list certain communities as camera ready as a way to provide quick references for film and production companies that are scouting for locations.
Picturesque places in the county previously have been featured in films, according to Poole.
Tea Grove Plantation was one location in the 2007 low-budget horror film “Side Sho,” and the old Hinesville drive-in theater was used in the 1995 film “Now and Then.”
Seabrook Farms, Dunham Farms Exclusive Country Inn and Melon Bluff Nature and Heritage Reserve also have been featured in an array of travel, weather and educational films and programs on The Weather Channel, Georgia Public Broadcasting Television and PBS.
The designation enters the county and its preselected filming locations, like the ones above, into a statewide database for film scouts to explore, much like shopping from a catalog.
Georgia now is among the top five states in the nation for film and TV production with more than 327 productions shot in Georgia from July 2010 through June 2011, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. These projects have generated an economic impact of $2.4 billion.
Georgia-filmed movies slated to hit theatres in coming months include a remake of “Footloose” on Oct. 14 and “Wanderlust,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, on Feb. 24.
Viewers also can catch familiar Georgia sights on multiple television series, such as the CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” which began airing new episodes Sept. 15, and AMC’s record-breaking “The Walking Dead,” which returns Oct. 16.