June 28--At this pace, Glynn County may have to be renamed Hollywood South.
Scott McQuade, executive director of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, spent much of Thursday with Oscar winner Ben Affleck scouting locations for an upcoming film.
McQuade said Affleck's scouting crew is the third to visit Glynn County since the filming of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" wrapped in May.
"We have been busy with scouts since 'Anchorman' finished," he said.
Affleck, a director and actor, was here on what McQuade called an initial scouting trip. He said the production crew has made no decisions on where it will film.
McQuade did not disclose the name of the movie, adding that it is in an early pre-production phase.
According to the film website, IMDb, Affleck is in pre-production for "Live by Night," based on a crime novel by Dennis Lahane, set in Boston during the Roaring '20s.
McQuade attributed the recent scouting activity to tax incentives Georgia offers film companies and the reputation being built by Glynn County in recent years.
Scenes for "X-Men: First Class" were filmed two years ago on Jekyll Island. Scenes for "The Legend of Bagger Vance" and "Glory" were also filmed there.
Some residents of Jekyll Island said they saw Affleck there Thursday, while other people saw him in downtown Brunswick.
"The film industry is a big business, but it is also small," McQuade said. "Every time you land a film, people in the business talk to each other."
With St. Simons Island appearing in the location credits of "Anchorman 2," to be released Dec. 20, he hopes the attention will continue.
According to predictions by industry insiders, Georgia is poised to continue building its film credits as other states have dropped or lowered their tax incentives for filming.
"It's the Georgia film incentive that is driving the business to this state," McQuade said.
Now, he just hopes to maintain good relationships with the different production crews in an effort to lure them to the Golden Isles. "You have to keep many irons in the fire," McQuade said.
-- Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.
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