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Clayton County becoming film entertainment haven
by Bill Baldowski
April 17, 2013 10:03 AM | 2609 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tamara Patridge, location scout with the Clayton County Film, Sports and Entertainment Office and office director Grant Wainscott stand inside a massive sound stage on Jonesboro Road, which has already been used in a film production.
Tamara Patridge, location scout with the Clayton County Film, Sports and Entertainment Office and office director Grant Wainscott stand inside a massive sound stage on Jonesboro Road, which has already been used in a film production.
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If last year was busy for the Clayton County Film, Sports & Entertainment Office, its director has five words for any naysayers as to the county’s rapid advancement to becoming a prime location for film entertainment production.

Grant Wainscott, director of the office which is a part of the Clayton County Economic Development Department where he is also the director, said that although last year was actually the busiest yet for film production in Clayton with four major films shot here, “you haven’t seen anything yet.”

“We are looking at an even busier year in 2013,” he said. “Although I am not authorized yet to reveal the names of the films, we already have three now in production in Clayton and four to start shooting this summer.”

Tamara Patridge, the location scout for the film, sports and entertainment office and works with Wainscott to attract film producers, said Clayton has many film production advantages, one of the foremost being a variety of excellent film production sites in the area.

However, two qualities of the county have also enticed film entertainment producers to give Clayton County a close look.

“Film producers not only like that our film, sports and entertainment office offers them a one-stop shop for film production in the county, they have all been very appreciative of the hospitality our county offers as well,” Patridge said.

Wainscott added that film production also brings with it a substantial boost to the local business economy.

When he publicizes the county as a film production site, Wainscott’s office focuses on three elements: building a good relationship between the county and film producers, Clayton’s advantage, with Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in helping producers get their prime film stars to the production sites quickly and the array of such production sites available.

“In regard to film production, I look at our county this way,” Wainscott said. “Aside from maybe not having a real ocean beach or snow ski slope, we pretty much have every type of film location site available right here.”

In addition to bringing film production here, Patridge said, “involving the community in the production is a big part of what we do.”

In an effort to better involve the community in film production, the Clayton County Film, Sports and Entertainment Office has developed a Facebook page which lists casting opportunities for extras as well as additional production crew vacancies.

Last year, the film, “Scary Movie 5,” which premiered last weekend, was shot in Clayton County.

However, with the growing importance of the county to film entertainment, Clayton is likely to “scare” many other film production location executives around the country, Wainscott said.

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