Lights. Camera. Action. The Interview – Take 3
It is late at night. The North Korean moon, peering through thin clouds, paints the earth in a pale, milky light. The camera pans in over a dark, open field. Twisted and rusting metal can be seen sticking up out of the ground. The air is motionless and cold. There has been a battle here. The barren landscape has never looked more severe or bleak. Only this field isn’t in North Korea. It’s in Bloomingdale, Georgia.
“Georgia is among the most popular destinations for film studios,” Zach explains, “because it’s a 30-percent incentive state. For every dollar a studio spends shooting a film in Georgia, the state gives them back 30 cents. Some counties even add their own incentives to the mix. Shooting a film in Georgia not only makes sense financially, but also in terms of what we offer. In addition to generally great weather, Georgia has mountains, plains, beaches, marshes, cities, and small towns, not to mention Savannah, which is thoroughly unique in its own way. Put it all together, and that’s why you’re seeing so many films being made down here. It’s just a great place to shoot a movie.”
Lights. Camera. Action. The Outtakes.
From a sixth grade kid with a video camera to an in-demand set dresser and prop master, Zach Hallman has finally found his niche. Or has he? We’ll end “The Interview” with a few outtakes:
Interviewer: Zach, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Zach: Special effects. There’s nothing more fun than blowing something up. If I have my way, ten years from now I’ll be blowing things up in Savannah. On film of course. I just have to get my explosives license.
Interviewer: Zach, who have you enjoyed working with the most?
Zach: That’s an easy one. I love working on Tyler Perry films, he’s an awesome director. And I loved working with Richard Dreyfus and Conan O’Brien. They’re funny, smart, and just regular guys.
Interviewer: Zach, who helped you get to where you are today?
Zach: So many people. Sterling, Steve Sawyer, Ben MacMillan, and of course, my parents, who each made sure I managed to stay fed during the lean years.
Interviewer: Finally, any advice for someone wanting to get into the film industry?
Zach: Be prepared to pay your dues and don’t be afraid to make your own opportunities. But mostly …again he pauses… if you find yourself five years into some four year program, ask yourself why. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams.