Halt and Catch Fire Producer Sings Praise on the Atlanta Film Industry

Halt and Catch Fire May 1, 2015If you have been anywhere in Atlanta, you know that the film business is BIG business here. Studios from Pinewood Atlanta in Fayette County, Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and Atlanta Filmworks are just a few of them.

And there are more on the way with Third Rail Studios just announced at the Assembly Doraville, Atlanta Metro Studios also in South Fulton area, and the proposed Atlanta Media Campus and Studios in Norcross.

Halt and Catch Fire Producer Sings Praise on the Atlanta Film Industry

But, it’s always good press and good news when a Producer of a major hit TV show sings the praises of the Atlanta Film community and what is like to do business here. Listen to Jeff Frelich, Producer of Halt and Catch Fire below.

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We can sign the praise of the Atlanta film community as well!

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FREE Admission to Atlanta Attractions

HIgh Museum Midtown Atlanta
High Museum Midtown Atlanta

I’ll be the first to admit (and if you have lived anyplace for any length of time) that I’ve lived in Atlanta for many years, and there are some of these attractions I’ve never, ever seen! But knowing there is an opportunity to see them for… FREE…well just who can pass up an offer like that.

FREE Admission to Atlanta Attractions

Especially take note of the Atlanta History Center and the High Museum as some great options. And the Georgia State Parks and Historic sites can be great for when you are looking for that Saturday or Sunday jaunt out of Midtown Atlanta to experience something new.

FREE Admission to Atlanta Attractions

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Midtown Atlanta Apartment Construction Banquet Sees No End

In the next couple years, Midtown Atlanta and West Midtown are either going to have oodles and oodles of people and cars all over the place, or lots of great deals on renting an apartment! Midtown Atlanta apartment construction just keeps adding projects!

Midtown Atlanta Apartment Construction Banquet Sees No End

Heights at West Midtown April 22, 2015Just as The Worthing companies are under construction with Heights At West Midtown (scheduled to open this Fall and pictured here), they have now filed land development permits with the City of Atlanta for the Old Georgia Steel property off of Howell Mill Road at 903 Huff Road. Walton Westside is just across the road.

Additionally, Modera Midtown, to be built on Peachtree Place, along Williams Street (that would be the vacant space behind ( or in Front of, depending on where you are) of the University House student apartments that are currently under construction at Spring and Peachtree Place.

Oh, and then there is 1010 West Peachtree, the site of the former Checker’s Drive in. This project will be 328 homes with 13,000 sq feet of retail space. And since the construction fence is up…expect to see this one start to rise soon.

1010 West Peachtree Apartments April 22, 2015

One just has to wonder when there may be too much food on the Midtown Atlanta apartment banquet.

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Third Rail Studios to Open at Former GM Site in Doraville

If you ever had any question or doubt about the impact the film and TV industry is having on Georgia, and especially the Atlanta area, this should end it. Another major studio project has just been announced.

Third Rail Studios to Open at Former GM Site in Doraville

The Integral Group, which acquired the GM site last year, is partnering with Capstone South Properties to develop “Third Rail Studios” on a six-acre section of the 165-acre development, located at I-285 and I-85 and INSIDE the Perimeter or ITP.

The first phase of Third Rail Studios will take an existing 130,000-square-foot building that will be retrofitted into film and television production studios.  Included will be  60,000 square feet of sound stages and 20,000 square feet of production support mill shops, administrative offices and related vendor spaces.

From my knowledge of the site, this will take place in The Yards Gateway section, as you can see on the site plan below.

ASSEMBLY Doraville Georgia April 4. 2015

 

When fully-built out, Third Rail Studios will be a 270,000-square-foot-facility.

Third Rail Studios ASSEMBLY Doraville April 4, 2015

“It’s something everybody can get excited about because it provides a big spark,” said Eric Pinckney, Integral’s project executive for Assembly.

The studios are expected to open for business by the end of the year, said Christopher Martorella, Integral’s president of commercial real estate.

“It’s something that can happen very quickly because there’s an existing place that lends itself well to what we want to do,” Martorella said.

The film studio is the first major project to be announced for the Assembly development, which is being marketed and presented as several different neighborhood districts. Plans call for an extension of Park Avenue from Buford Highway, under the Doraville MARTA station directly into ASSEMBLY.

Despite the plethora of movie studios planned or open in Atlanta, there is pent-up demand for more film and television production facilities, said Egbert Perry, CEO of Integral. Having Third Rail Studios as part of the Assembly development will add a “sexy, funky, cool” flavor to that part of the GM site.

“Third Rail Studios” refers to the three rail lines that previously served the GM Doraville assembly plant, as well as the creative energy in the media production community.

The now unused rail lines will be preserved and integrated within the landscape, much like New York City’s Highline, which is a very popular destination. The studios will anchor the “Yards District” portion of the site, a funky, modern industrial”ish” destination for dining, entertainment, parks, art, retail, makers, and other businesses. Think Midtown West…only on steroids?

Third Rail Studios April 4, 2015

“We are still way below what is needed to support the industry as it exists today,” Perry said of the new studio project. “It doesn’t begin to address the existing demand, not to mention any growth in demand.”

Lee Thomas, director of the Georgia Film Commission, confirmed Perry’s statement. “Georgia’s film industry is at an all-time high with 39 productions currently filming across the state, many of which are long-term tenants in our existing soundstages,” Thomas said.

The design for Third Rail Studios is led by Janson Tsai, a division of the architectural design firm Perkins Eastman (Of Note…Perkins Eastman is the firm that designed the entire ASSEMBLY site for Integral). Previous work includes design of Kaufman/Astoria Film Studios and Steiner Film Studios in New York, as well as projects with Imagine Films, CBS Television,NBC Universal, ESPN, Disney, and Sony — among others.

“We are creating an urban node in the heart of DeKalb County in a way that is not just an island unto itself but one that in fact connects to many other smaller urban nodes,” Perry said. “That the intent. It has more multimodal attributes than probably any other site in the region… Assembly is truly a place where everything comes together. It actually is very much an appropriate name.”

For more information and updates about Third Rail Studios, click here, or on Facebook at Living Near Third Rail Studios. 

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THE Atlanta Film Festival — March 20-29, 2015

Yes, you read that date right!

TODAY, FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015 –STARTS THE ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL!

As some of you may know, I’ve already worked with numerous people from the West Coast, Chicago, New York and most recently North Carolina in the film and television industry relocate to the Metro Atlanta area! So, it’s only a natural fit, that I’ve become involved in the Atlanta Film Festival! 

The Festival kicks off tonight (sorry, the Opening Party and Opening Film are completely SOLD OUT!) but there are many opportunities over the coming week to experience some amazing films, meet and greets, workshops and more. I can’t begin to do the program and the festival justice…so just click on the photo/logo below and you will be taken to the ATLFF Schedule page where you can see what’s happening!

THE Atlanta Film Festival — March 20-29, 2015

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