Film and television production in Georgia has grown significantly in recent years. Forrest Gump, Glory, and Baywatch were all filmed in Savannah, Georgia.
As a result, Georgia has emerged as a prominent participant in the film and television industry. In particular, the city of Atlanta has been referred to as “ATLwood” or “Hollywood of the South.” Despite Atlanta’s dense population and lack of coastline, the state of Georgia has pitched the coastal city of Savannah to film makers and site scouts as an alternative.
While the town has a rich history, the bench Tom Hanks sits on in Forrest Gump became the town’s most renowned landmark in 1994. Filming in Savannah and Tybee Island, which was once known as Savannah Beach, has been going on since then. Local productions include military dramas likeGlory (1989) and superhero blockbusters likeAnt-Man and the Wasp (2018).
1. Forrest Gump (1994)
The bench at the bus stop in Forrest Gump is one of the most recognizable scenes in film history. For the most of the movie, Tom Hanks’ character sits on a bench and tells his story to the many people sitting next to him.
In Chippewa Square, the bench was relocated to the Savannah History Museum, where it now sits proudly. The Smithsonian has one bench, Paramount owns two, and a security guard on duty during filming received one of the four other benches made for the movie. Filmmakers in Savannah, Georgia, made a deliberate adjustment to traffic flow to make sure that bus doors would open into the plaza.
2. Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil (1997)
Jim Williams’ murder and subsequent trial are the subject of Clint Eastwood’s film adaption Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In addition to being shot in Savannah, many of the characters in the film were based on actual people of the city.
Additionally, the cast included renowned performers like John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, and musician Emma Kelly, who played herself and was a part of the real events that inspired both the book and the movie.
3. Baywatch (2017)
Despite the fact that the 2017 Baywatch remake, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron, was shot in Florida’s panhandle, Tybee Island, just outside Savannah, was the setting for the majority of the film. There have been a number of films filmed there, and some lucky people have even been cast as extras.
4. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015)
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is another beach movie that takes use of the coastal Georgia town’s proximity to the ocean.
Fannie’s on the Beach, a Tybee Island institution with a pink exterior and a sign reading “Eat at Fannie’s,” was featured in the film.
5. Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)
Marvel’s Black Panther(2018), Captain America: Civil War(2016), and Avengers: Endgame(2018) were all filmed in Georgia (2019).
The Wasp and Ant-Man
For scenes set in Argentina, the sequel to 2015’sAnt-Man takes advantage of the seaside town of Savannah Residents of the area were given the opportunity to apply to be extras in a 1987 flashback sequence on October 3, 2017.
6. The Last Song (2010)
The Last Song is the sixth film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth starred in the film, which was filmed in Tybee Island. Tybee Island Light Station and Savannah Historic District were used to great effect whilst filming on location. During the filming of the wedding scene, a local jazz band, The Savannah Stompers Jazz Band, was engaged to perform.
7. Ford V Ferrari (2019)
It is the narrative of Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, who constructed the Ford GT40 and won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans event in France by beating the Ferrari racing team. Actually shot on Hutchinson Island, a few miles outside Savannah in Georgia, this race takes place on the Circuit de la Sarthe.
8. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
Critics loved the Peanut Butter Falcon, which starred Shia LaBeouf and became the highest-grossing indie film of 2019. In addition to the film’s setting in the Carolinas, much of the action was filmed in Savannah, Georgia’s historic port city.
For the film’s true atmosphere, some of the real-life residents of Savannah were cast as characters by directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, who have been outspoken about their love of the city.
9. Lady And The Tramp (2019)
One of the first releases on Disney+streaming was the live-action version of the 1955 picture Lady and the Tramp. CGI canines were utilized in the film, although Savannah, Georgia, was used for the background and for the actual human actors in several parts. Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux play Lady and Tramp, respectively, in the film.
10. Glory (1989)
The story of the Union’s first all-Black regiment during the American Civil War was told in this 1989 film. Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington all starred in the picture, with Washington taking up the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. This scene was filmed at the Girl Scout Camp on Rose Dhu Island near Savannah, Georgia, but the major fight took place in South Carolina.
11. Magic Mike XXL (2015)
This is the sequel to 2012’s Magic Mike, which was partially based on Channing Tatum’s experience in the male stripping industry. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is where the Kings of Tampa will perform their final show three years after the events of the first film. The cast and crew wind up at Jada Pinkett Smith’s Savannah strip club Rome, where the outside shot was shot on the facade of local eatery Elizabeth on 37th.