Well it is official!! Disney will be shooting their new movie w/ Miley Cyrus ( daughter of Billy Ray) "The Last Song" in Savannah, Ga. --shooting is scheduled to start in June -- but have already met with some of the production people who are in town and looking for places for short term rentals. Finding places will be a challenge --since there are not to many short term rentals that are furnished and the ones that are - operate as Vacation get aways w/ weekly price structures-- but it will be a fun challenge.
So one of my thoughts-- what is the value of a movie production to a community in economic and visiblity terms---ie. "what is a movie worth"?? We have had several made here-- most notably--- Forrest Gump, The General's Daughter, Bagger Vance - ( I was out cking there shooting locations--for a chance to see someone !!) and I think the one that put us on the map-- Midnight Night in the Garden of Good and Evil--- the town "is excited"--street closing will be a pain, and how many Cyrus fans will flock here to try and get close and catch a glimpse.
The next 3 months --while they are shooting here should be interesting-- they are scheduled to start June 1, 09---but the hype/vibes are all ready starting. As an Fyi -- for those of you not familiar--Miley was in the movie -- "Hannah Montana: the movie"---a disney hit. The Last Song is based on a script by Nicholas Sparks --story line-- rebellious girl who is sent to live w/ her estranged father over the summer.
Book and film to be released simultaneously---Let's hope it, the movie and savannah are a hit!!!
Here's to filming a movie !! More attention and a lot of real estate sales-- wouldn't that be wonderful !!