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Berry College, Rome residents highlighted in new book about state's film industry

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

Rome News-Tribune (See original story here)

Scott Nickelson

Berry College and Rome residents are highlighted in a new book about Georgians across the state who support the film industry.

Produced by The Georgia Studio & Infrastructure Alliance, the book “#WeAreGaFilm” includes dozens of stories about Georgians across the state who support the industry through jobs ranging from catering and transportation to location management and special effects.

Erika Crawford Gordon

The book spotlights more than 60 people, including Rome residents Erika Crawford Gordon, an on-set baby nurse, and technician Scott Nickelson. Berry College is also highlighted in the book which emphasizes the real-person impact the industry has on the state.

“I work on films because it’s fun, exciting and a wonderful way to earn a second income,” said Gordon, who has worked with infants on shows such as “The Vampire Diaries” and “Thank You for Your Service.”

For Scott Nickelson, a technician at Exchange Communications, Georgia’s film and TV production industry created the path for him to return to his hometown.

“It was the film industry that brought me back and the film industry that keeps me here,” he said.

Berry College, where productions such as “The Following” and “Remember the Titans” were filmed, has put location fees to good use around the campus, plus benefited from the attention shows bring to the campus.

“There’s no doubt that Georgia’s film industry is good for our campus,” said Chris Kozelle, Berry College Director of Public Relations.

Members of GSIA serve the film and television industry in a variety of ways, including providing studio space, camera equipment, visual effects and post-production services, HVAC, power equipment, truck and car rentals and building materials — and all have invested in the long-term success of the state’s growing production business.

“We live here, we work here, our families are growing up here,” says Beth Talbert, head of the GSIA and Vice President of Studio Operations, Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta. “The Alliance has made it a priority to tell the stories of Georgians working in the film and television industry, and building lives and families around these careers. We’re proud to share a collection of these stories in our book, #WeAreGaFilm.”



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