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Film industry helps Woodstock native boost art career

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

From left Danny Chavez, Kenny Walters, Nick Paolucci, Drew Keener, and Chris Gross.

Growing up, Drew Keener always knew he wanted to work in the film industry. What he didn’t know is that he’d be able to do it in his hometown of Woodstock.

Drew, 26, is an illustrator who creates scenery for film and TV sets. He works with Kennesaw-based Max Graphics, a company that has expanded over the past five years along with Georgia’s film industry. Recent projects have included creating frosted glass logos and wrapping a taxi for scenes in Ben Afflack’s “The Accountant.” He also helped transform a street in Stone Mountain to look like one in another city, primarily by replacing local business signage.

For Drew, it’s rewarding work. “Already my networking has skyrocketed,” says Drew, who studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design and does freelance illustration,

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Drew remains intrigued by the movies. “I watch a film a day out of my huge collection,” he says. “The fact that I get opportunities to work on a film set is amazing. I live for that.”

“I never would have thought I could get this kind of opportunity here in Georgia. It’s steady work and steady income.  In fact, it’s better than steady. We stay busy all the time.”



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