Hey everyone! Mike Mortillo, second year Epi student here! As you are probably receiving your acceptances from Emory and preparing for your visit, you’re probably wondering what are some fun things to do while you’re here and have some time to kill? Well, if you’re a big movie/tv bluff like me, then I have a good idea on what you might want to do!
Atlanta movie tours is a company founded in 2012 that features tour guides who share behind-the-scenes details and stories from movie and TV sets they’ve actually worked on! Since 2008, Atlanta has played backdrop to more than 250 movies and TV shows (and counting), according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. You’re probably asking yourself, “Why are so many movies and television shows filmed in or around Atlanta?” Well, the answer is simple—tax credits.
In 2008, Georgia began offering 20 percent tax credits to productions with at least a $500,000 production budget. If producers showed the Georgia logo at the end of the credits, the state would up its offer to 30 percent (if you stick around for the credits of any Marvel movie for example – which I know real Marvel movie fans do, for obvious reasons of course, you’ll notice the Georgia peach logo in the coda of the credits). This ensures that the movie receives the 30 percent tax credit it is entitled to. With all these great movies and TV shows being filmed here, why not catch a tour with Atlanta movie tours to see all the great set pieces you can only dream of seeing?
Big Zombie Bus Tour
That’s right! The AMC hit drama you all know and (mostly) love, The Walking Dead, has been filmed right here in Atlanta for the past 11 years. This bus tour takes you through iconic locations from seasons 1-5, such as the opening scene in Rick’s hospital, Daryl & Carol’s bridge, the tank scene that started it all, and plenty more! Another location about an hour south of Atlanta will show you memorable locations like “Woodbury” and “Alexandria,” along with Hershel’s bar and Merle’s death scene (spoiler alert)! Be sure to move fast so the walkers don’t get you on this amazing tour!
Hero of all Atlanta Tour
As all of us marvel movie fans eagerly await the release of “Avengers: Endgame” (to see if Thanos’ fateful snap will ever be reversed), why not check out the world of heroes and superheroes firsthand on this new Atlanta movie tour! Filming in Atlanta has really ramped up with the creation of the Marvel Universe, and this tour will show you iconic locations from the movies such as Avengers HQ from “Captain America: Civil War,” some amazing scenes from Oscar-nominated “Black Panther,” and the bank that Spider-Man stops a group of thugs from robbing in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The tour also features a “ride through New York” set from the first Avengers movie. Enjoy the likes of Iron Man, Cap, Hulk, Thor, and the rest of the gang on this fun-filled movie tour.
Best of Atlanta Movie Tour
This tour takes a more unconventional approach by highlighting all of the amazing movies and TV shows filmed here, rather than focus on one specific property. Check out the famous grappling scene from “Hunger Games,” the ominous lab from the second season of “Stranger Things” (actually filmed in an Emory building!), and pass the set from the “Fast and the Furious” funeral and racing scenes. Also featured are the streets where Baby makes his getaway in “Baby Driver,” and the African market at the beginning of “Captain America: Civil War.”
Those are a few of the big tours that Atlanta movie tours provides! They have other tours including a “Gone with the Wind” tour and neighborhood-specific tours. To provide a scope of just how many films and TV shows have been filmed here, other films and TV shows include “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, “The Boss”, “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, “The Internship”, “Atlanta” (could you have guessed?), “Selma”, “The Blind Side”, and “Halt and Catch Fire.”
So, if you’re really into films and TV, Atlanta is definitely the place for you! You may even see some movies being filmed near Emory’s campus (because who doesn’t want to include the CDC as a backdrop to a fictional film outbreak?) Also fun fact: Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., has been spotted at the General Muir in Emory Point several times!