MILLEDGEVILLE — The State of Georgia offers some of the best film and TV tax incentives in the country. Georgia's Camera Ready designation places the state right behind the Los Angeles film production juggernaut.
Recent local filming scratched the surface on Milledgeville's potential to jump into the fray. An April music video for the Saatchi and Saatchi Music Video Challenge for OK Go's “I'm Not Through” and a the Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project shot last weekend both used the community's locations and resources.
The music video won people's choice and was one of 12 international finalists for the challenge.
Director BJ Golnick, a 28-year-old University of Miami Motion Picture program graduate, has directed for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Travel Channel, The Learning Channel, History and Animal Planet.
Golnick completed numerous TV work for Los Angeles, Calif. based companies such as Authentic Entertainment and Karga Seven Pictures. He's been on location in Milledgeville directing TLC's “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” reality series.
Along with the TLC show's Athens born 29-year-old associate producer Jeremiah Bennett, Golnick spends off days working on other independent ventures.
Milledgeville's appeal has both guys hooked.
“Everyone is so inviting totally letting us shoot wherever we can. Just having access to these locations the sky is the limit in terms of production,” Golnick said. “We try to always incorporate the local community wherever we are.”
The OK Go video scenes were shot at the Baldwin County Recreation Department, Thomas Street and at local blacksmith Matt McGee's shop.
Wesley Nunn heard the guys needed an older couple for a music video through his Wilkinson County Jail post.
Together with wife Cindy, a teacher at John Milledge Academy, they were cast in the video's finale. Nunn said it was fun to do.