Zombies. Vampires. Bow-wielding heroines. There are a few reasons Atlanta has become known as Hollywood South. More than 300 productions were shot in the state last year, including The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (in theatres Nov. 22).
That big- and small-screen imagination extends to the city's bars, kitchens and theatre troops, says Chad Eikhoff, the founder of TRICK 3D, a local animation studio. His own work has varied wildly from a zombie movie (Dance of the Dead) to apps (Ears the Astronaut) to the CBS special, An Elf's Story.
"Atlanta is a very entrepreneurial city. Atlanta loves building new things, constantly moving forward. All of these things – culinary, movie production, redevelopment and artistic – are kind of booming right now," says Eikhoff.
The director shares his five picks on where to find Atlanta's creative talent from brick ovens to a Hunger Games hub, all within a 10-minute radius of downtown and Midtown.
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1. Antico Pizza Napoletana
2. Cardamom Hill
3. JCT Kitchen & Bar
4. The Goat Farm Arts Center
5. MonsterBuster Entertainment
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