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Ball Ground’s Burger Bus goes ‘Airborne’

By Barbara Schneider This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photots by Jim Francis

“Hey folks we just want to make you aware today will be another day of TOGO orders only,” announced the Burger Bus, a popular Ball Ground eatery on its Facebook page. “Once the film crew has finished, we will certainly open the dining room.”

DSC 0018On Saturday, March 8 about 150 cast and crew, along with a support team, were working in downtown Ball Ground while shooting scenes in the Burger Bus for the new movie, “Airborne.”

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMD) "Airborne" will be a family-friendly movie about a young boy detective. Ophelia Lovibond, who appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy," is in the film being produced by Fayleure Productions.

Ball Ground is definitely camera ready. In 2017, parts of the Tom Cruise film “American Made” were filmed in Ball Ground.

The movie industry is all over Georgia; there were 455 movie and TV projects filmed here in 2018—representing a $9.5 billion economic impact, according to state officials. The hugely successful “Black Panther” was filmed in Georgia as well other Marvel movies.

Production dollars not only benefit Georgia and its camera-ready locations. Filmmakers are investing in studio and stage facilities, including more than 1.1 million square feet of purpose-built soundstage space and over 1.2 million square feet of retrofitted soundstage space, up from 40,000 square feet of purpose-built soundstages available before 2010, according to a state report. Tyler Perry Studios created his new studios at the former Fort McPherson site and the UK’s famous Pinewood Studios built new facilities with 18 sound stages on 700 acres of land south of Atlanta and about 20 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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The industry, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, has generated 92,100 jobs and nearly $4.6 billion in total wages in Georgia plus the more than 300 new businesses that have relocated or expanded here to support the industry.

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