Film industry creates path to stability

For 32-year-old Dwight Abercrombie, life is good — newly engaged, four beautiful daughters and a paycheck solid enough to provide for a family. And he credits Georgia’s film industry for injecting stability into what, for him and some of his friends, has been an unstable world.

Dwight and Robin

Dwight and his fiancé Robin Duncan

“Opportunity created by Georgia productions has turned my life around,” says Dwight, who lives in College Park and attended Albany State. “Before I landed film industry work, I was in a dead-end job at a fast-food restaurant. This is really working out in my favor.”

Dwight is a rental agent at Manhattan Beach Studios Equipment Co., a global production equipment provider with a regional location in Atlanta. He’s part of a seven-person team working in the local warehouse fulfilling orders for productions such as Passengers, both seasons of Stranger Things, Barber Shop 3, Divergence, and Hunger Games.

His opportunity at MBS Equipment followed experience gained at EUE Screen Gems Atlanta. Every opportunity in the film industry as brought more responsibility and bigger paychecks, he says.

“Working at Screen Gems gave me a great start, and I’ve been able to keep building on that,” Dwight says. “I’ve really learned how to carry myself in this business.”

Dwight says he’s helped family members and friends find work in Georgia’s film industry, jobs that for some friends provide a path from street life to stability.

“Georgia’s film industry is changing lives,” Dwight says. “That’s true for me, and that’s true for my friends. I’m able to provide a good life for my family now.”

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